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Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 | We have some light NW wind swell along the coast along with a moderate amount of SW ground swell. More NW wind swell will be filling in by Tuesday. Wednesday sees some south swell, and a heavy onshore flow may become strongly offshore around that time. A more significant SW swell is due this coming weekend, but the tide will be tricky then.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 6-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 13-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 9 seconds from 280-300 degrees and SW periods running 13-15 seconds from 220+ degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to chest high + at most south facing breaks, waist high at west facing spots.

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

Since we did have rain recently, we are facing the possibility of increased bacteria levels from runoff. As a reminder, there is a risk of increased bacteria levels through a period of at least 72-hours following the end of any measurable rain event. Water contact should be avoided during this period, especially within 100 yards of drainpipes, creek outlets, river mouths, etc.

The tide is manageable now, but we are starting to enter into a tidal swing as we approach a New Moon that peaks this Saturday. This spring tide will bring highs well above the 5-foot range for early AM sessions by…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 64 degrees in San Diego, 63 in Orange County, 62 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 59 along the Central Coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a slight onshore element. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 15 mph, mainly from the SSW. Monday is looking like a more relaxed wind day, but then…[more]

South swell due Wednesday…[more]

Substantial SW due 21st-23rd…[more]

Shifting weather and wind issues this week…[more]

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