Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 | Today the NW wind swell has dropped off dramatically and the latest southern hemi SW’er is diminishing as well. Our next SW swell starts filling in tomorrow, gaining strength and size by Wednesday. Some light NW is due by week’s end, swell from Typhoon Yagi is being charted for the 1st, and it looks like we could see a small but steady flow of south swell by the 4th.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 9-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 6 feet with 10-second periods.
Near-shore buoys in SoCal waters are showing southern hemi SW swell with 2.3-2.8 foot seas having 13-14 second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 13 seconds from 208 degrees and NW periods running 11 seconds from 310 degrees.
In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most south facing breaks with occasional pluses at standouts. West facing breaks are seeing waist to chest high sets, although dual exposure spots, able to work the 208-degree SW are seeing pluses as well.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head high surf at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist to chest high, bigger at times at breaks able to pull in some NW diffraction action.
The tide is still swinging quite high for mid to late morning sessions as we’re still in a tidal swing from a New Moon that peaked last Friday. This spring tide can tend to…[more]
Winds as of 8 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. The offshore gradients have weaken though, and onshore winds are expected to reach 8-12 mph by noon. There will be some changes in wind this week, although…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 68 degrees in San Diego, 67 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 65 in Ventura County, 66 in Santa Barbara, 62 along the central coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.
Southern hemi swell builds this week…[more]
South swell mixes in Thursday…[more]
Light NW due by Saturday, possibly better on the 1st…[more]