Seas Forecast: King Tides, Elevated Winds Ongoing Through The Weekend

Rough seas and large battering waves affect Tyrico Bay, Trinidad on October 29th, 2019. Photo: A Manshoor Images

Over the next seven days, the sea forecast to be quite normal for this time of year with no abnormally large waves forecast for the region. Low-level winds are forecast to generally remain elevated through the forecast period, with long-period swells possible on Sunday but mainly by mid-next-week.

Through Sunday, some of the highest hide tides and lowest low tides are forecast to subside. These tides are called King Tides, related to last Wednesday’s new moon.

There are no alerts, watches, or warnings in effect for T&T from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service concerning seas at this time,

Seas Forecast For Trinidad and Tobago

Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally the Gulf of Paria and western areas of the Columbus Channel in Trinidad and the western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad and Tobago), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad, west of Tobago).
Sea state forecast through the next 7 days, as moderate seas are forecast. Note that sheltered areas include bays, beaches, and generally the Gulf of Paria and western areas of the Columbus Channel in Trinidad and the western coasts of Tobago. Open waters are the Atlantic Ocean (Eastern Trinidad and Tobago), the Eastern Columbus Channel (Southern Trinidad), and the Caribbean Sea (north of Trinidad, west of Tobago).

In sheltered areas, seas are forecast to remain below 1 meter generally. Long-period swells are possible on Sunday and mainly from next Wednesday with swell periods between 11 to 15 seconds. During these periods, large, breaking waves may exceed the 1-meter mark along northern and eastern coastlines.

Winds are forecast to be fresh, with winds up to 20 knots from the east to southeast gusting up to 25 knots. Wind speeds are forecast to remain between 15 knots to 20 knots through the forecast period, with weaker winds between 10 and 15 knots on Friday into Saturday.

In open waters, seas will remain moderate with waves generally up to 2.0 meters as indicated above for Trinidad and Tobago. Generally, open waters east and north of the country will be the most agitated.

Note that King Tides will cause some of the highest hide tide and lowest low tide levels for the year. These tidal currents will require caution from mariners due to strong currents.

Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad and Scarborough, Tobago courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad and Scarborough, Tobago courtesy Tide-Forecast.com
Tidal forecast for Port of Spain, Trinidad and Scarborough, Tobago courtesy Tide-Forecast.com

Impacts on T&T’s Shorelines

No major impacts are forecast for T&T’s shorelines through the next 7 days. Due to King Tides, stronger tidal currents in nearshore areas; hence mariners will need to exercise extreme caution.

Minor coastal flooding is possible in low-lying coastal areas as peak high tides occur.

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