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Goat Rock water temperature
Goat Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Goat Rock Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Sonoma County, USA)

Today's Goat Rock sea temperature is 17.2 °C.

Statistics for 22 Oct (1981–2005) – mean: 13.8 °C, range: 12.7 °C to 15.4 °C

The water temperature (17 °C) at Goat Rock is relatively warm. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a summer wetsuit. Effective air temperature of 17 °C.

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 Goat Rock. 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.

Goat Rock 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.

Goat Rock sea temperatures peak in the range 13 to 17°C (55 to 63°F) on around the 1st of September and are at their minimum on about the 2nd of April, in the range 10 to 14°C (50 to 57°F). The highest sea temperatures at Goat Rock at the beginning of September 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. At its minimum in early April, low sea temperatures at Goat Rock are suited to a 5/4mm or 5/3mm good quality wetsuit with neoprene gloves and 3mm boots. You will need a hood if it's windy or the air is cold.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Goat Rock 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 Goat Rock. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.