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Thursday, June 08, 2006 | The latest southern hemi SW swell continues to back down and will get even smaller by Friday. We have some NW wind swell in the water today, but that too is on the way out. Our next SW swell rolls in later this weekend, and as it diminishes next week, some more NW wind swell is expected. We have two other southern hemi SW swells on the charts right now: one for the 17th, and a better-sized swell for the 19th.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 8-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 8 feet with 8-second periods.
SW periods are running 14 seconds from 170-180 degrees, and NW wind swell is coming through with periods running only 8 seconds from 300-310 degrees.
In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets in the waist high zone with top spots picking up set waves running chest high. West facing spots are seeing mostly waist high surf.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head high surf at breaks with good NW’erly exposure, although most west-facing breaks are running chest high. South facing spots are running waist high with some NW diffraction helping SW exposed breaks see chest high sets now and again.
The tide is manageable now, but after our next SW swell rolls in late this weekend, we’ll be seeing a radical tidal swing from a Full Moon due on Sunday. This will be quite noticeable by Monday when…more
Water temperatures are averaging 67 degrees in San Diego, 67 in Orange County, 66 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 56 along the central coast, and 56 in NCal.
Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with the exception of some westerly winds around LA and Ventura to 7 mph. NCal was also clocking some 14 mph westerly winds early this morning. Afternoon onshores in SoCal are expected to reach 8-12 mph. An onshore flow is in place and some troughing is expected this weekend when…more
SW on Sunday 11th…more
WNW next week…more
Tracking SW’ers for 17th and 19th…more