Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 | we’ve got a moderate mix of SW ground swell and NW wind swell along the California coast. That sizeable southern hemi swell is still on tap this week, along with the NW ground swell we’ve been talking about. More southern hemi SW is headed our way starting on the 25th as well.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 5 feet with 9-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 4 feet with 10-second periods.

While these outer water, northern indicators show primarily NW energy, buoys around SoCal waters are showing a fair amount of SW swell with 2.4-3.0 foot seas having 12-14 second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 13 seconds from 210 degrees and NW periods running a short 9 seconds from a steep 310+ degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to chest high + at most south facing breaks with some occasional pluses at standouts to shoulder high. West facing breaks are seeing waist to at times chest high sets.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest high surf at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks have been running waist to at times chest high.

The tide is starting to swing rather high for early to mid morning sessions as we start to enter a tidal swing due to a New Moon this coming Friday. This spring tide can tend to…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 67 degrees in San Diego, 66 in Orange County, 66 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the central coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Gradients are trending offshore though, and today will be the peak day of our first-of-the-season Santa Ana. Winds should however remain below 15 mph at even the most wind prone areas along the coast and stay primarily around 10 mph from the east. An onshore flow late in the afternoon should bring some westerlies to 15 mph. The offshore flow should weaken a bit…[more]

Sizeable SW swell fills in Tuesday, peaks Wednesday…[more]

NW ground swell mixes in Wednesday, Thursday…[more]

Some SW to last into weekend…[more]

Southern hemi SW 25th through 28th…[more]

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