Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 | Swell from hurricane Hector has picked up a bit, mixing with some moderate NW wind swell. Energy from Hector is expected to diminish on Monday when weather becomes a bit more August-like. We’re still on tap for that southern hemi swell due later this week, and it looks like we’ll be seeing some wind swell with it as well.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 6 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 8-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 9-second periods.
While these northern buoys show primarily the NW wind swell element along the California coast today, buoys around SoCal waters are showing a decent amount of swell from Hector running 2 to near 3 feet with 11-12 second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 11 seconds from 196 degrees and NW periods running 6-9 seconds from 310 degrees.
In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most south facing breaks. Standouts, mostly in OC are seeing some pluses at times. West facing spots are running waist high +.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing waist to chest high sets most everywhere.
The tide is fairly manageable at the moment, but we are approaching a New Moon on Wednesday that will cause a noticeable tidal swing by…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 68 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 66 in LA, 67 in Ventura County, 65 in Santa Barbara, 61 along the central coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Onshores are expected to reach 9-14 mph this afternoon. High pressure moving into the region will calm winds a bit by…[more]
Southern hemi swell due Thursday, Friday…[more]
Small Tasman Sea swell for 29th-31st…[more]
Slight shifts in weather and winds this week…[more]
New State of our Surf Report…[more]