Friday, July 21, 2006 | Today we’re seeing a decrease in size from previous days, and there’s a lack of southern hemi ground swell for the near term; however, swell from hurricane Daniel is poised to bring some surf our way with the peak day right now looking to be Sunday. There’s another storm forming behind Daniel that we’re tracking as well, and we’re on tap for some decent SW at the end of the month into the beginning of August.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 7-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 3 feet with 14-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 3 feet with 14-second periods.

The swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from 200 degrees with some precursor energy from Daniel coming in from 180 with 11 second periods. NW periods are running 8 seconds from a steep 320 degrees.

In SoCal, most south facing breaks are seeing sets with wave heights running waist to chest high with very rare but occasional pluses 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 workable for AM sessions at the moment, but by early next week we’ll be in for a tidal swing from to a New Moon on Monday the 24th. This spring tide will start to create negative lows for…[more]

Water temperatures remain quite comfortable with temps averaging 73 degrees in San Diego, 72 in Orange County, 71 in LA, 68 in Ventura County, 67 in Santa Barbara, 62 along the central coast, and 58 in NCal.

Winds were fairly light this morning but many regions did see some texture breezes. Afternoon onshores should peak around 15-18 mph. Instability remains in the region Saturday, and the morning could see…[more]

Swell on the way from hurricane Daniel…[more]

Southern hemi swells for end of the month…[more]

Tracking bigger SW swells for 2nd and 4th…[more]

A climatic look at the recent heat wave by forecaster Nathan…[more]

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