For us, High Tides, Rough Surf, Rip Currents, and Gusty Winds at the beaches

I am glad that I no longer live in my native state of New Jersey. I’m afraid the Atlantic seaboard is in for the worst hurricane in decades if the above forecast proves correct.

For us here in Florida and southeast Georgia, we are now outside the cone of uncertainty. It’s not very often that I can comfortably say that IRENE will not strike here when it is more than 2 days before passing us offshore. With the storm on this forecast track, we can expect northeast to north winds Thursday night and Friday morning averaging 20 to 35 mph, wih gusts near 50 mph at the beaches. Skies will be cloudy Friday morning with some passing showers, but they should begin to clear by late afternoon. The main effect on our area will be rough surf, rip currents and high tides. Surfers will find waves ranging from 9 to 14 feet. If IRENE deviates inside the cone to track number 1, you can add 15 mph to these wind speeds. But conversely, if IRENE goes to track number 3, you can subtract about at least 10 mph from the Friday forecast.

On Saturday, IRENE will be near Wilmington or Morehead City, NC. Our winds will swing around to the west and drop to 8 to 12 mph. We will see partly sunny skies, and it feel uncomfortably warm and humid, even at the beaches. Surfers will still see waves 5 to 8 feet in the morning, but they will be decreasing during Satuday afternoon and evening. On Sunday, seas will subside to only 2 to 3 feet, and it will be a nice beach day!



  1. 1 Angella Griffin August 24, 2011 at 4:05 am

    So wonderful to see you, Mr. winterling. The best there ever was !

  2. 3 Marina August 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Dear George,

    I grew up watching you!! You are the best weather man in the world! I always watch channel 4 news and I rely on your forecasts for the hurricanes!! You are the BEST! Thank you I appreciate all your hard work now and over the years!!


    • 4 geotv4 August 25, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Thank you Marina. It’s been a long haul all these years, especially as I approach my 80th birthday!

      • 5 Marina August 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        Happy Birthday! Hope it’s not too early!! Just wanted you to know that you are greatly appreciated and I hope you have a wonderful birthday and all the years ahead are filled with love and happiness!! God bless you!!


  3. 6 Russell Alderman September 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    George, I’ts always good to see a 1957 Seminole Grad on Channel 4. Wife and I have had you in view since you came Jacksonville. Great accuracy weather news plus great heritage established while you were actively on the scene. May you have a good continuing relationship in weather services to the public through Channel 4. Best wishes. Russ

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