Viz Reports (Farne Islands and Northumberland)

Following on from it's successful introduction in 2016 I have decided to try and keep live the Viz Report! Historical Information has been left on the page to allow potential visitors to get some idea of the kind of viz and water temperature which could be expected at a particular time of year.

All visibilities are measured with a 'secchi plate', I have found that through water visibility tends to be 10% -> 20% better than the measured vertical visibility. 

Current Data (2018)

Date Viz (m) Temp (°C) Location Forecast Dive  outlook
           
04-Nov 2m 11°C Harcars Pretty bad but easing up on Sunday, not that the vis will be anything but horrible Poor, the spray was bashing up to the top of the Pinnacles and a couple of boats were out and with this weatehr it cant be long…
21-Oct 5m 11.5°C Blue Caps Not nice It was 'ok' but there was a bit of mashed up weed in the water, due to be horrid mid-week
14-Oct nil ? Beadnell Grotty The islands were a bit mashed up with only the 'needy or greedy' taking out unsuspecting divers!
You can officially forget about shore diving now!
06-Oct 1.5m 13°C Beadnell ok' but a bit suspect for Friday I suspect that shore diving for 2018 is done and dusted
16-Sep 8m 13.6°C Harcars Suspect with a bit of a blow on Tuesday The islands will be ok at the weekend, not sure about the shore

Historical Data (2017)

Date Viz (m) Temp (°C) Location Forecast Dive  outlook
           
All boats out and its 'brown' all the way out to the islands!
You can officially forget about shore diving now!
11th Nov nil - Beadnell Sea conditions improving towards the weekend This last big blow could well have ended the season up here, you might get out Saturday but the vis will be lacking!
5th Nov 6m 12°C Harcars Gradually improving but going to hell for the weekend You might be lucky during the back end of the week but it's due to go to hell from Saturday
4th Nov 3m 12°C Beadnell Worsening for tomorrow A lucky shore dip, due to worsen on Sunday before improving
29th Oct nil - Beadnell Gradually improving This weekend may be possible at the Isalnds, although I guess the vis will be poor
28th Oct 6m 12°C Beadnell Looking bad from tomorrow A lucky shore dip, due to go to hell tomorrow
15th Oct 12m 12.6°C Harcars Looking bad from Tuesday, thanks Ophelia The blow might slow things down a tad but we have dives planned until mid-november
14th Oct 6m 12.9°C Beadnell Looking bad from Tuesday, thanks Ophelia The regular shore diving season is just about over, keep your eyes open and you might get the odd sly dip
30th Sept 10m 13.2°C Harcars Looking bad mid-week The blow shouldn't impact too much on the viz around the Islands, but as the water cools we will get another algae bloom
29th Sept 3m 13.2°C Beadnell Looking bad mid-week This forecast blow will probbaly puit paid to shore diving unless you get lucky, but nothing to plan
13th Sept 10m 13.6°C Harcars Imminenetly shitty! After this blow things are forecast to pick up for 22nd onwards, shore diving may be about done though!
9th Sept 15m+ 13.6°C Beadnell Forecast looking 'iffy' midweek Good for after the weekend and forecast beyond on the islands, shore diving will be badly impacted
7th Sept 8m 13.1°C Hopper Forecast looking 'iffy' midweek Good for the weekend and forecast beyond on the islands, shore diving will be badly impacted
28th Aug 10m 14.4°C Beadnell Looking good for the forseeable Good for the weekend and forecast beyond
26th Aug 15m+ 14°C Longstone Looking good for the forseeable Good for the weekend and forecast beyond
13th Aug 10m 14.5°C Beadnell Looking good for the forseeable Good for the weekend and beyond, iffy mid-week
8th Aug 12m 14°C Beadnell Mid week blow due (apparently) Good for the weekend and beyond, iffy mid-week
6th Aug 10m 14°C Beadnell Mid week blow due Good for the weekend, iffy mid-week
4th Aug 12m 14°C Beadnell The mid-week blow didn't happen Good for the forecast future
31st July 10m 15°C Beadnell Mid week blow 'downgraded a touch' Good for the forecast future
29th July 9m 14°C Hopper A blowy mid week but nothing too bad Good for the forecast future
23rd July 8m 13°C Harcars A bit iffy Tuesday Should be ok by the weekend of 29/30th
22nd July nil 14°C Beadnell Getting better A horrible spell of weather but due to get better
A bit of a hiatus due to health issues!
21st May 8m 10°C Beadnell Getting better After some 'iffy' weather on Sunday it looks like it is set fair for the next week or so
14th May 3m 10°C Beadnell Getting better Should be great for the weekend, that said supposed to go downhill from 22nd May
6th May 4m 10°C Beadnell Iffy but getting better It's going to be horrible for the next week but improving at the weekend
28th Apr 4m C Beadnell Ok for now but iffy It's going to be horrible for the next week or so inshore…
19th Apr 10m C SS Somali Ok for this week but dodgy from 24th onwards Still great inshore, and the ancient diver sez 'Spectacular' on Somali
16th Apr 7m C Beadnell Ok for this week but dodgy from 24th onwards Still great inshore, no news from the islands
9th Apr 3m 8°C Harcars Iffy for the Easter weekend Bloody awful and dark with an algae bloom causing the issue (green) It usually only lasts days.
8th Apr 5m 8°C Beadnell Changeable A bit of milkyness
4th Apr 5m 8°C Beadnell Changeable A bit of milkyness and some serious groundswell starting to turn things over.
2nd Apr 8m 8°C Beadnell Changeable Lovely viz, problem is that it's due to go to hell mid-week so stick to sites sheltered from a northerly swell
28th Mar 7m 8°C Beadnell Changeable It's a bit iffy with serious surge but should be ok for the weekend.
26th Mar 7m 8°C Beadnell Settled The bad weather didn't materialise, so the viz is good, it should be ok at the weekend despite the forecast midweek blip
17th Mar 6m 8°C Beadnell Settled Blowing over as I write but possibly a window on Tuesday or the week after next
14th Mar 4m 8°C Beadnell Settling Should be ok at the back end of the week then iffy

Historical Data (2016)

Date Viz (m) Temp (°C) Location Forecast Dive  outlook
           
With the spray on 23rd reaching the top of Pinnacles……….
22nd Oct 3m 13°C Harcars Horrid but possibly flattening off at the weekend Poor
16th Oct nil 13.5°C Seahouses Not very good, I suppose you'd say 'Seasonal' Forget it, 6m swell from South East smashing everything up
You can officially forget about shore diving now!
9th Oct 5m 13.5°C Harcars Not very good, I suppose you'd say 'Seasonal' Poor
25th Sept 8m 14°C Wamses Looking ok and a reasonable forecast The vis should improve a bit over the week and you might have 10m again at the weekend
24th Sept 5m 14°C Knacker Hole Yuk, not settled enough Forget shore diving in the immediate future or even rest of the year, boat diving remains great
18th Sept 6m 14°C Knifestone Looking ok and a good forecast It's been a bit dirty with the big spring tides mixing things up, it will rapidly improve and looks good for the weekend
12th Sept 10m 14°C Beadnell Point Looking ok and a relatively settled forecast Boat diving fine if you can get to the islands and shore diving at Beadnell and Howick is great
31st August 8m 14°C Beadnell Point Looking ok and a relatively settled forecast Boat diving fine if you can get to the islands and shore diving at Beadnell and Howick is ok now
20th August 12m 13°C Wamses Looking ok and a relatively settled forecast Boat diving fine if you can get to the islands and shore diving at Beadnell is ok now, Howick should be 'better' mid week
14th August 12m 14°C Pinnacles Looking ok and relatively settled Boat diving fine if you can get to the islands and shore diving at Beadnell is good now, Howick should be 'better' mid week
7th August 9m 13.5°C Hopper Due to be bad on 9th then easing Boat diving fine if you can get to the islands although the shore diving is wiped out
31st July 8m 14.5°C Howick Some poor weather due on 2nd August Not sure how the bad weather on 2nd will impact shore dips, it gets better quickly though. Boat diving unaffected
26th July 8m 14.5°C Howick Some poor weather due on 2nd August Looking good for shore diving this weekend but will be iffy from 2nd
17th July 9.5m 13.5°C Harcars A big surge on, should improve for the weekend Looking good fordiving until late on this week
13th July 6m 13.5°C Beadnell A big surge on, should improve for the weekend Looking good for boat diving for the forecastable future, the shore's a bit iffy but still diveable
11th July 8m + 13°C Beadnell Iffy on Wednesday then improving Looking good for boat diving for the forecastable future, the shore might be iffy mid-week
7th July 10.5m 13°C Blue Caps Staying good for a week plus! Looking good for diving for the forecastable future
2nd July 12.5m 13°C Hopper Staying good for a week plus! A bit exact, measured by two divers with a spool on the bottom!
1st July 10m 13°C Beadnell Staying good for a week plus! Looking good, shore and boat diving A1 at the moment
27th June 9.5m 12°C Hopper Staying good for a week plus! Looking good, shore and boat diving A1 at the moment
19th June 5m 11°C Harcars Getting much better very quickly Looking good, the water is not to dirty and the air should drop out quickly meaning shore diving by Wednesday is a distinct possibility
16th June 6m 11°C SS Coryton Iffy at the weekend then improving The blip is looking a bit worse, it shouldn’t impact on diving on the islands though!
16th June 10m 11°C Longstone Iffy at the weekend then improving The blip is looking a bit worse, it shouldn’t impact on diving on the islands though!
11th June 8m 11°C Harcars Iffy at the weekend then improving The blip is looking a bit worse, it shouldn’t impact on diving on the islands though!
8th June 6m 11°C Beadnell Getting better! Good, the 'blip' on Saturday will be a minor inconvienience at worst.
5th June 6m 10°C Gun Rock / Longstone Getting better! Picking up gradually although there is a blip at the back end of next week, looking better!
2nd June Nil 10°C Beadnell Looking horrible Don't bother from the shore until the middle to end of next week, it's technically whats known as buggered!
29th May 3m 10°C Beadnell Looking horrible Quite good vis with the forecast not really matching reality, if things diverge it will be 'orrid
21st May 10m 10°C Longstone Looking good up to mid-week Excellent vis on the islands which will stay for a while, a SW might make some shore sites a bit wishy washy
18th May 4m 10°C Beadnell Looking good for the next couple of weeks Shore diving vis will improve with every tide for the next couple of weeks, islands will be good too!
9th May 2m 9.5°C Beadnell A bit iffy for shore diving for the next 10 days It will be ok out on the islands but shore diving will be wiped out for a while, there is a slot next Wednesday but…
4th May 8-10m C Beadnell Should be ok to Sunday 8th The snot has disappeared and the vis is really, really good!
2nd May 6m C Beadnell Not bad at all should improve and be ok at the weekend before degrading A bit of 'snot' in the water from plankton bloom and more life arriving or waking up
28th April 2.4m 8.5°C Seahouses All over the place! Improving Sunday onwards Is there a shitty spell late Friday, early Saturday? If so then the shore diving will remain all to hell. If not get in Sunday onwards
23rd April 2m 8.5°C Seahouses Should pick up again towards the end of next week Shore diving wiped out but the Islands will be ok
22nd April 8m 8.5°C Beadnell It's really 'surgie' so its going to get 'bad' Good shore diving but it will be brown!
17th April 5m 8°C Blue Caps Sunday 24th its due to be bad Due to start improving before a really bad day on Sunday, but this may change
16th April 1.6m 8°C Seahouses With some big swell hold fire Due to start improving but by how much?
13th April 1.4m 8°C Seahouses With some big swell hold fire I wouldn't plan to get wet this weekend, the big swell is making it very wishy washy
10th April 2m 8°C Beadnell Best of the week Wednesday 13th The weekend doesn't look great so check up before you travel!
6th April 6m 8°C Beadnell Worsening on Monday 11th The weekend should be ok, apparently you could see every grain of sand at 6m when moored in the Kettle
3rd April 3m 8°C Beadnell Worsening on 9th Should get better during the week with Friday being the best of the weekend
29th Mar 1.4m 7.5°C Seahouses Settling Looking at Magic Seaweed, should be 'better' by 2/3rd April
29th Mar  1.4m 7.5°C Seahouses Settling Looking at Magic Seaweed, should be 'better' by 2/3rd April
26th Mar  6m-1m 7.5°C Beadnell Settling The viz went to nothing during a shore dive, it might settle durin the week.
24th Mar  8m 7.5°C Beadnell Bad on 26th If you don't get in now it will be wiped out!
19th Mar 3m 7.5°C Beadnell Settled A northerly on friday buggered the job, should be ok from shore until 25th.
17th Mar 5m 8°C Seahouses Settled Time to get out there boys and girls
12th Mar 2.2m 8°C Seahouses Settled Possible shore diving towards the end of the week. I will be out at the islands on 19th
8th Mar Nil 8°C Beadnell Settling Farnes on 12/13th   possible, forget shore diving!

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