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Crescent water temperature
Crescent ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 1.8
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.0

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Crescent Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Washington State, USA)

Today's Crescent sea temperature is 8.2 °C.

Statistics for 18 Feb (1981–2005) – mean: 8.3 °C, range: 6.7 °C to 10.0 °C

Water temperature (8 °C) at Crescent is really very cold. Despite the weak sunshine, the air will feel like -3 °C, so that even wearing a thick winter wetsuit, neoprene hood, gloves and boots it will be difficult to stay warm in the sea at Crescent today.

United States Sea Water Temperature

Map of current United States
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
United States Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current United States
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

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Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Crescent. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Crescent Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Crescent sea water temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 12th of August and are at their coldest on about the 29th of January, in the range 7 to 10°C (45 to 50°F). The warmest sea water temperatures at Crescent in the second week of August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days. The coldest sea water temperatures at Crescent mean that you will need a flexible 6/5/4mm wetsuit or a well fitting 5/4mm wetsuit with gloves and 5mm neoprene booties and a hood to surf here in late January.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Crescent can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Crescent. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.