Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006 | Today we have some NW swell building along the coast with minor traces of southern hemi SW. This NW won’t do as much for SoCal as it will the northern coasts, but size will increase some over the next couple of days. Weather and winds will be shifting tonight and again this weekend. We have some minor SW early next week, and it looks like we could see something a little better on the 13th. We’ve also issued our latest State of the Surf Report today where we discuss what’s headed our way wave-wise in the coming months, including effects from an El Niño that is now well underway.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 14-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 14-second periods.

The energy on these buoys is primarily steeply angled NW swell. The southerly element is much smaller in the 0.8-1.7 foot range.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12-14 seconds from 300-310 degrees and SW periods running 14-16 seconds from 185 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere with the best size around west facing breaks.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest high + surf at most west facing breaks, up to head high at times at standouts. South facing breaks are running waist high, mainly from NW diffraction.

The tide is an issue as we continue to approach that Full Moon on Friday. This is making for a radical tidal swing with highs hitting the 6-foot mark now, and the 7-foot zone…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 63 degrees in San Diego, 63 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 58 along the central coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were trending onshore from the SE along the Central Coast and lightly from the NNW around SoCal. Winds this afternoon are expected to reach at least 15 mph from the west. A trough moving through the region tonight will…[more]

NW and SW to increase slightly, but wind and weather issues…[more]

Tracking SW and NW for 13th…[more]

Eyeing SW potential for 18th…[more]

New State of our Surf Report .

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