Hourly Gulf Surf Report & 16-day West Florida Surf Forecast

Saturday May 18 7:30 PM EDT Today's Wave height and wind

Surf & Beach Report Updated: 7:30 pm

Aloha West Florida this is the machine with the Saturday evening report. Slight chance rain showers into the hour. Air temperature at 84°. Surf is up into the night. The South Eastern Gulf wave height is 4.3 ft. Thigh to waist at the right spot and best on right tide. Check out the tides posted right here on the Swellmachine. Long period at 8 seconds. May bump up some rogue sets and boost quality at standout spots. Water temperature at 81 °. Currently west-southwest winds around 8 knots on Venice Beach; Incomming tide at 1.2 ↑ ft...(more.) Clearwater beach south-southwest winds around 6 knots; Incomming tide 1.6 ↑ ft...(more.) Later on across the region Southwest winds around 10 knots. First Light is at 6:12 am and Sunrise is at 6:39 am. The moon phase is Waxing Gibbous at 83% illumination and next main phase is Full Moon on 5-23. Keep watching, 6 days of surf ahead. The Swellmachine's 16 day surf forecast shows chances for waves on Saturday 5-18, Sunday 5-19, Monday 5-20, Thursday 5-30, Friday 5-31 and Saturday 6-1. Durring the 16 day forecast period, wave heights peak out around 3.3 feet at 4.64 seconds on Friday 5-31. Also, a chance of glassy surf with easterly winds on Saturday 5-18. Serious about surfing the Gulf, check out the Swellmachine's 16 day free forecast.

Planning on beach or watersport activities today; 1 hour and 8 minutes till Last Light.

Active Weather - Watches, Warnings and Advisories posted below.

Off-Season Tropics

There are 14 days until the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane season begins. Stay tuned; the Swellmachine (as always) will be bringing epic coverage of every Atlantic and Gulf Of Mexico Storm.

The 2024 storm names are as follows; Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Francine, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Milton, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta.

Tropical Update: National Hurricane Center's Tropical Weather Outlook indicates; Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. The full Official Outlook can be viewed on the WX page. Tropical Weather Outlooks are updated by the National Hurricane Center several times every day from May 15th through November 30th.

The GFS model can be reviewed for guidance beyond the NHC 5 day Outlook. The Western Atlantic GFS model and the full Atlantic GFS expanded is posted on the Swellmachine year round.

Occasionally West Florida scores surf from off-season tropical activity. View our surf photo album of the 2018 pre-season tropical cyclone: Tropical Storm Alberto.

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There are other places to surf. Check out the full Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands daily surf report. Check out our East Florida surf report and forecast. Also the Florida Panhandle daily report.

The Swellmachine is always updated bringing visitors cutting-edge Twenty-Four hour a day coverage of Florida Gulf surf & beach conditions. Swellmachine website users are kept up to date; Without ever having to wait on posts and updates. Even if they wake up well before the crack of dawn; no problem here. Swellmachine has got it all covered. Hey; the latest update was at 7:30 pm. Want to score the elusive Gulf surf & increase enjoyment of local beaches? Stay tuned to the Swellmachine's report, the Free 16-day West Florida Surf Forecast, Marine Forecast, Weather Forecast, Marine Alerts and Weather Alerts. Also check out the latest buoy data, weather observations, tides, Sunrise, Sunsets and more. All on this page. Have a wonderful Saturday evening.

6-day Gulf Surf, Wind, Wave & Tide Forecast

In addition to up to the minute comprehensive reporting. Take a look into the future with the Swellmachine's free 6-day model based beginners surf analysis and 16 day pro surf forecast. The beginners forecast breaks it down into an easy to read format by counties; the following have their own local page. Check out the Sunday and Monday forecast:

16 Day Surf Forecast

Pro wind and wave forecast. The breakdown below is more in-depth and covers 16 days for advanced users

Forecast for Saturday 18th of May 2024 thru Saturday 25th of May 2024

West Florida Surf Report 1-8 Day for wind and waves.

Forecast for Sunday 26th of May 2024 thru Sunday 2nd of June 2024

West Florida Surf Report 9-16 Day for wind and waves.


West Florida Tides for over 100 locations.

East Florida Tides for over 170 locations.

More Florida 16 Day Forecasts

East Florida Surf Report 1-8 Day for wind and waves.

East Florida Surf Report 9-16 Day for wind and waves.

Florida Panhandle Surf Report 16 Day for wind and waves.

Puerto Rico 16 day Wind and Wave Forecast

Rincon Puerto Rico Surf Report 16 Day for wind and waves.

Isabella Puerto Rico Surf Report 16 Day for wind and waves.

San Juan Puerto Rico Surf Report 16 Day for wind and waves.

Venice Jetties 14 Hour Wave & Wind Forecast

Saturday 05-18


Bonus: Focused 3-Day Hourly.

There are no bacteria advisories for Sarasota County beaches. View report.

Marine Forecast & Alerts

Bonita Beach to Suwannee River, FL out 60 nm (Check in near real time) Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories.

Synopsis and Marine Forecast links updated by the NWS
Gusty SW winds this afternoon combined with persistent long period swells from the S Gulf to keep seas elevated and choppy into Sunday. A frontal boundary will sag into the E Gulf with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Sunday. Weak high pressure to build into the region with winds and seas slowly subsiding early to mid week. Source: FZUS52 KTBW NWS - Synopsis

Bonita Beach to Suwannee River, FL out 60 nm (Check in near real time) Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories.

Gulf of Mexico Marine Watches, Warnings and Advisories for the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Marine Forecast for the entire Gulf Of Mexico

Weather Forecasts, Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Rip Current Statement issued May 18 at 7:41AM EDT until May 18 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS Tampa Bay Ruskin FL
Affected Areas: Pinellas; Coastal Hillsborough; Coastal Manatee; Coastal Sarasota; Coastal Charlotte; Coastal Lee
Rip Current Statement

Heat Advisory issued May 18 at 2:26AM EDT until May 18 at 8:00PM EDT by NWS Miami FL
Affected Areas: Glades; Hendry; Inland Palm Beach County; Metro Palm Beach County; Coastal Collier County; Inland Collier County; Inland Broward County; Metro Broward County; Inland Miami-Dade County; Metropolitan Miami Dade; Mainland Monroe; Coastal Palm Beach County; Coastal Broward County; Coastal Miami Dade County; Far South Miami-Dade County
Heat Advisory

Note: Alerts posted in this section above are filtered to display these Florida Counties: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Monroe. View all Weather alerts for the entire state of Florida.

Weather Forecast for these Coastal West Florida Counties: Coastal Citrus , Coastal Hernando , Coastal Pasco , Coastal Hillsborough , Coastal Pinellas , Coastal Manatee , Coastal Sarasota , Coastal Charlotte , Coastal Lee , Coastal Collier County and Lower Monroe (Key West).

West Florida Watches, Warnings and Advisories (filtered results in near real time) for these West Florida Counties: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Monroe.

Florida Weather Menu covering entire state. Coastal and inland counties. Alerts, watches and warning includes with each forecast.

All Florida Watches, Warnings and Advisories for the state of Florida.

Swellmachine features a weather forecast below for one West Florida location below.

Coastal Sarasota FL

This includes all County beaches such as Lido Beach, Siesta Key, Point of Rocks, Turtle Beach, Nokomis North Jetty, Venice South Jetty, Manasota Beach and more.
NWS Forecast released on Saturday 18th of May 2024 03:59 PM.
Mostly clear this evening, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. A chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunny with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly clear with a slight chance of thunderstorms. A chance of showers, mainly in the evening. Lows in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Cold Front: Gulf of Mexico

A stationary front is in southern Georgia, to southern Alabama, through SE Louisiana, reaching the Deep South of Texas/extreme NE coastal Mexico. A surface trough is in the coastal plains of the upper Texas Gulf coast. Precipitation: scattered moderate to isolated strong is from 27N northward from 92W eastward. A NW-to-SE oriented inland Mexico surface trough passes through 20N100W, through the northern sections of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec of southern Mexico, to the Gulf of Honduras. No significant deep convective precipitation is apparent in the satellite imagery. Fresh to strong NE winds are from 27N to 29N between 88W and 95W. Moderate or slower winds are in the remainder of the Gulf of Mexico. Moderate to rough seas are from 24N southward between NW Cuba and the offshore waters of the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Moderate seas are in the remainder of the Gulf of Mexico from 92W eastward. Slight seas are in the remainder of the Gulf of Mexico. Areas of haze and smoke from agricultural fires are in the Gulf of Mexico from 89W westward including in the coastal plains of Mexico; and in parts of the NW Caribbean Sea from 19N southward from 85W westward that includes in the Gulf of Honduras. The visibilities are being reduced in some cases. A weak stalled out front extends from southeastern Louisiana to the extreme NE coast of Mexico. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are over the Gulf waters from Louisiana to the western Florida panhandle. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are along and north of the front. The front will transition back to a cold front and shift eastward across the northern Gulf through early Sun, then stall again and weaken gradually through Mon. Upper- level disturbances moving from W to E across the Gulf coast states will maintain active weather over the northern Gulf through the weekend. Elsewhere, moderate to fresh return flow will dominate the basin through early Sun, pulsing to locally strong near the Yucatan Peninsula and the Bay of Campeche. Winds will slightly weaken Sun into early next week as the pressure gradient relaxes. Meanwhile, areas of haze and smoke due to agricultural fires in Mexico continue across most of the western Gulf and Bay of Campeche. Moderate to locally fresh SE return flow will develop again across the W Gulf Tue and Wed.

Source: (NHC)

Red Tide

No reports or forecasts found for Red Tide since Friday 05-26-23

SWFL Moon Phases & Name

Current moon phase is Waxing Gibbous. Percentage of moon's disk illuminated is 83% and gradually becomes more illuminated. The next main phase is Full Moon on 5-23. This begins in 4 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes. The present lunar month and orbital period is 29 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes . The Moon's age and time elapsed into this period is 10 days, 20 hours and 5 minutes. Astronomical Moon phases below:

05-23 9:55 AM Full Moon
05-30 1:13 PM Last Quarter
06-06 8:40 AM New Moon
06-14 1:19 AM First Quarter

The May Full Moon is also known as the Flower Full Moon.

Expanded Moon Phase Time and Dates

SWFL Moon Rise & Set

05-18 3:44 AM Moonset
05-18 4:03 PM Moonrise
05-19 4:11 AM Moonset
05-19 4:55 PM Moonrise

SWFL Sun Rise & Sunset Set

May 18, 2024 (Saturday)

First Light6:12 am
Sunrise6:39 am
Sunset8:13 pm
Last Light8:39 pm

May 19, 2024 (Sunday)

First Light6:12 am
Sunrise6:39 am
Sunset8:13 pm
Last Light8:40 pm

New: 120 day Sunrise and Sunset scheduele

Astronomical Seasons

Vernal Equinox 3-20-2024
Summmer Solstice 6-20-2024
Autumn Equinox 9-22-2024
Winter Solstice 12-21-2024

JDN: 2460449.47958

Venice Jetty/Inlet [inside] Tides

05-183:41 AM 0.49 ftLow
05-189:55 AM 1.75 ftHigh
05-184:49 PM 0.56 ftLow
05-1810:27 PM 1.42 ftHigh
05-194:12 AM 0.68 ftLow
05-1910:07 AM 1.88 ftHigh
05-195:31 PM 0.28 ftLow
05-1911:31 PM 1.39 ftHigh
Extended: Venice Inlet Tides
Nearby: Venice Pier Tides

St. Petersburg Tides

05-185:19 AM 0.54 ftLow
05-1811:57 AM 1.93 ftHigh
05-186:27 PM 0.61 ftLow
05-1912:29 AM 1.56 ftHigh
05-195:50 AM 0.75 ftLow
05-1912:09 PM 2.07 ftHigh
05-197:09 PM 0.31 ftLow
St. Petersburg Tides

Captiva Island Tides

05-184:59 AM 0.49 ftLow
05-1811:11 AM 1.75 ftHigh
05-186:07 PM 0.56 ftLow
05-1811:43 PM 1.42 ftHigh
05-195:30 AM 0.68 ftLow
05-1911:23 AM 1.88 ftHigh
05-196:49 PM 0.28 ftLow
Captiva Island (Pine Island Sound) Tides
Captiva Island (Outside) Tides
North Captiva Island Tides

42098 Buoy

Egmont Channel
Timestamp 06:56 PM EDT
Swell Direction : 229 ° SW
Wave height: 2.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period : 7 s
Average Wave Period : 4.9 s
TimeWave HeightPeriodDirection
06:56 PM 3.07SW
06:26 PM 3.06SW
05:56 PM 3.06SW
05:26 PM 3.06SW
04:56 PM 3.07SW
04:26 PM 3.07SW
03:56 PM 3.37SW
03:26 PM 3.07SW
02:56 PM 3.06SW
02:26 PM 3.37WSW
01:56 PM 3.07SW
01:26 PM 3.37SW
12:56 PM 3.37SW
12:26 PM 3.07SW
11:56 AM 3.07SW
11:26 AM 3.37SW
10:56 AM 3.07SW
10:26 AM 3.07SW
09:56 AM 3.07WSW
09:26 AM 3.07SW

42099 Buoy

St. Petersburg Offshore
Timestamp 06:30 PM EDT
Swell Direction : 213 ° SSW
Wave height: 3.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period : 7 s
Average Wave Period : 6.0 s
TimeWave HeightPeriodDirection
06:30 PM 3.97SSW
06:00 PM 3.97SSW
05:30 PM 4.37SSW
05:00 PM 4.38SSW
04:00 PM 3.97SW
03:30 PM 4.38SSW
03:00 PM 3.97SSW
02:30 PM 4.67SSW
02:00 PM 4.37SSW
01:30 PM 4.38SSW
01:00 PM 4.37SSW
12:30 PM 4.37SSW
12:00 PM 4.37SSW
11:30 AM 4.67SSW
11:00 AM 4.37SW
10:30 AM 4.67SSW
10:00 AM 4.67SW
09:00 AM 4.67SW
08:30 AM 4.97SW
08:00 AM 4.67SW

42097 Buoy

Pulley Ridge
Timestamp 06:56 PM EDT
Swell Direction : 202 ° SSW
Wave height: 4.2 ft
Dominant Wave Period : 8 s
Average Wave Period : 5.8 s
TimeWave HeightPeriodDirection
06:56 PM 4.38SSW
06:26 PM 3.98SSW
05:56 PM 4.38SSW
05:26 PM 3.98SSW
04:56 PM 3.98SSW
04:26 PM 3.98SSW
03:56 PM 3.98SSW
03:26 PM 3.98SSW
02:56 PM 3.68SSW
02:26 PM 3.67SSW
01:56 PM 3.68SSW
01:26 PM 3.38SSW
12:56 PM 3.38SSW
12:26 PM 3.37SSW
11:56 AM 3.38SSW
11:26 AM 3.38SSW
10:56 AM 3.37SSW
10:26 AM 3.38SSW
09:56 AM 3.38SSW
09:26 AM 3.38SSW

42036 Wave Buoy

West Tampa
Timestamp 06:50 PM EDT
Swell Direction : 203 ° SSW
Wave height: 3.9 ft
Dominant Wave Period : 8 s
Average Wave Period : 5.9 s
TimeWave HeightPeriodDirection
06:50 PM 3.98SSW
06:20 PM 3.97SSW
05:20 PM 3.68SSW
04:50 PM 3.37SSW
04:20 PM 3.37SSW
03:50 PM 3.97SSW
02:50 PM 3.98SSW
02:20 PM 3.98SSW
01:20 PM 3.68SSW
11:50 AM 3.68SSW
10:50 AM 3.68SSW
09:50 AM 3.68SSW
09:20 AM 3.98SSW
08:50 AM 3.68SSW
08:20 AM 3.68SSW
07:20 AM 3.68SSW
06:50 AM 3.98SSW
06:20 AM 3.68SSW
05:50 AM 3.97SSW
05:20 AM 3.98SSW

VENF1 Wind Station

Timestamp: 07:00 PM EDT
Wind Direction : 240 ° WSW
Wind Speed: 7.6 kts
Wind Gusts: 9.5 kts
Baromertic Pressure: 1013.5 mb
Air Temperature: 84 °f
Water Temperature: 81 °f
Dew Point: 79 °f
TimeWind ktsGusts ktsCardinal
07:00 PM 7.69.5WSW
06:00 PM 7.67.6WSW
05:00 PM 7.69.5WSW
04:00 PM 5.75.7SSW
03:00 PM 7.69.5SW
02:00 PM 11.411.4SW
01:00 PM 11.413.3SSW
12:00 PM 11.411.4SSW
11:00 AM 13.313.3SSW
10:00 AM 15.217.1S
09:00 AM 5.77.6SSE
08:00 AM 3.85.7E
07:00 AM 5.77.6ENE
06:00 AM 3.83.8ENE
05:00 AM 3.85.7E
04:00 AM 3.83.8E
03:00 AM 7.67.6SSE
02:00 AM 5.77.6S
01:00 AM 5.77.6S
12:00 AM 5.75.7S

CWBF1 Wind Station

Timestamp: 06:48 PM EDT
Wind Direction : 200 ° SSW
Wind Speed: 5.7 kts
Wind Gusts: 7.6 kts
Baromertic Pressure: 1013.3 mb
Water Temperature: 87 °f
TimeWind ktsGusts ktsCardinal
06:48 PM 5.77.6SSW
06:30 PM 5.75.7SSW
06:18 PM 3.85.7SW
06:00 PM 5.75.7WSW
05:48 PM 3.85.7SW
05:30 PM 5.77.6SW
05:18 PM 5.77.6SW
05:00 PM 5.75.7WSW
04:48 PM 5.77.6WSW
04:30 PM 7.69.5WSW
04:18 PM 7.611.4WSW
04:00 PM 7.69.5WSW
03:48 PM 7.611.4WSW
03:30 PM 9.59.5SW
03:30 PM 9.59.5SW
03:18 PM 7.69.5SW
02:54 PM 7.67.6SW
02:48 PM 7.69.5SW
02:30 PM 7.69.5SW
02:18 PM 7.69.5SSW

42013 C-10 Wind Station

Sarasota C-10
Timestamp: 06:35 PM EDT
Wind Direction : 190 ° S
Wind Speed: 5.7 kts
Wind Gusts: 5.7 kts
Baromertic Pressure: 1014.1 mb
Air Temperature: 82 °f
Water Temperature: 83 °f
Dew Point: 82 °f
TimeWind ktsGusts ktsCardinal
05:00 PM 3.8 5.7 SW
04:00 PM 5.7 7.6 SW
03:00 PM 7.6 9.5 SSW
01:00 PM 7.6 9.5 S
01:00 PM 7.6 9.5 S
12:00 PM 7.6 9.5 S
11:00 AM 9.5 11.4 S
10:00 AM 9.5 11.4 S
09:00 AM 7.6 11.4 S
08:00 AM 7.6 9.5 SSE

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