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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 | We have a light mix of southern hemi ground swell and NW wind swell along the California coast. Both swells back down tomorrow, but we do have some SW and NW headed our way late in the week, and by Monday, we could see some southerly swell from what is now Tropical Storm Bud. Some mild southern hemi swell is due shortly thereafter.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 7-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 6 feet with 7-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 6 feet with 8-second periods.
The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 13 seconds from 185 degrees, and NW periods running a very short 7 seconds from a steep 305-310 degrees.
In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with current wave heights running waist high with some rare chest high sets coming through from time to time at standouts. West facing breaks are running waist high.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing waist high surf most everywhere.
The tide is an issue right now from a radical tidal swing underway from a Full Moon that peaked on Monday. This spring tide, is quite negative for early AM sessions, which can slow down…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 70 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 68 in LA, 64 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 56 along the central coast, and 53 in NCal.
Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with the exception of some 14 mph westerlies in NCal. There is a light eddy in place in SoCal, yet the southerly breezes should be calm enough to avoid surface texture. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph; however, a strong NW gradient could bring some…[more]
SW due on Friday into weekend…[more]
Tracking south swell from Tropical Storm Bud…[more]
Light SW early next week…[more]
New Issue of our State of the Surf report.