The plot on the left shows the SUNY wind forecast for 8AM tomorrow morning.
Below is the ROMs ocean current forecast for tomorrow in the Mid Atlantic Bight . It is not clearly stated on the webpage page whether the google earth kmz files are depth averaged currents or surface currents (or I can't find the statement). I am assuming they are surface currents. The plot shows northward flows of water in the near shore along the coast of New Jersey and weak northeastward flows along Long Island. Offshore are some really interesting eddies that could affect larval transport and dispersal but we won't be able to reach them on our boat. The circulation pattern is complex. It is much more complex than the mean southwestward flow of water through the mid-Atlantic Bight we all talk about. As my oceanographer friend, Josh Kohut, says "the mean never happens". From the point of view of a larval fish, whose larval life is ~30 days give or take a week or so, what matters is the "weather" in the ocean that happens at time scales equal too and shorter than about 30 days.
Stevens Institute is also running a finer scale ocean model for the area that produces hourly forecasts of currents, surface temperatures and salinities. This "NYHOPS" model output (below) also shows northward surface flows of water along the coast near our New Jersey seascape and I believe weak flow toward the mouth of the estuary off New York. (The current vectors are hard to see). This is consistent with the stage of the tide at 8AM which will be nearly the time of slack before ebb (9:55AM). As discussed earlier, we will be probably begin sampling around 9 with the water just beginning to ebb out of the estuary .