Monday, Oct. 9, 2006 | Today we have a small mix of weak, SW ground swell and NW wind swell along the California coast. Size gets even smaller midweek. We do have a combo swell due on Friday, but we also have some weather issues on the radar this week. We’re also tracking a potentially stronger swell combo for the 17th-19th.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 8-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 10-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 6 feet with 10-second periods.
The energy on these buoys is primarily steeply angled NW swell. The southerly element is smaller in the 1.3-2.3 foot range.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 11 seconds from 315 degrees and SW periods running 14 seconds from 190 degrees.
In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere with south facing breaks seeing some pluses to waist high +.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest high + surf at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist high, mainly from NW diffraction.
The tide is still an issue from that Full Moon on Friday. This is making for a radical tidal swing with highs hitting around 7 feet mid to late morning. This excessive spring tide will…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 62 degrees in San Diego, 62 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 58 along the central coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a slight NNE offshore effect in SoCal, and somewhat SE’erly north of Pt. Conception. Onshore winds this afternoon are expected to reach 15-20 mph from the WNW. A low dropping down from Nevada will create quite a difference in wind along the coast this week as…[more]
SW and NW due Friday the 13th…[more]
Tracking NW SW combo for 17th-19th…[more]
New State of our Surf Report (Oct. 5)…[more]