National Weather Service Offices
Issuing Surf Zone Forecasts
Not all coastal and Great Lakes
NWS Forecast Offices provide a Surf Zone Forecast; however, all NWS offices forecasting
moderate or high risk of rip currents include this information in the Day 1 portion
of their Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO).
Rip Current Outlooks
Surf Zone Forecasts will contain Rip Current Outlooks. Rip Current
Outlooks use the following, three-tiered set of qualifiers:
Low Risk of
rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions are not expected to support the development
of rip currents; however, rip currents can sometimes occur, especially in the
vicinity of groins, jetties, and piers. Know how to swim and heed the advice
Moderate Risk of
rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent
rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water.
Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous
rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the
you arrive at the beach, speak with on-duty lifeguards about rip currents and
all other water conditions expected for the day.
Awareness Week Resources
Real Life Rip Current Stories
June 25, 2007