Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006 | Today we have mostly south swell in SoCal and NW energy in NCal. We have a significant southern hemi swell on tap for the weekend, and more southern hemi is on the charts for the 27th and 30th. Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 5 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 9-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 10-second periods. Overall, the swell energy in the water shows southerly periods averaging 14 seconds from a steep 180 degrees. NW periods are running 9 seconds from 305 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most south facing breaks with pluses at standouts. West facing breaks are running waist high.

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

The tide is becoming an issue as we enter a tidal swing from a New Moon that peaks this Saturday. This spring tide is bringing highs well above the 5-foot range for early AM sessions now, and highs will hit the…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 64 degrees in San Diego, 64 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the Central Coast, and 59 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a slight offshore, NEE element in SoCal. Winds today should be pretty much a repeat of yesterday, reaching 10-12 mph during the morning in many locations along the coast, and then diminishing in the afternoon as onshore influence works its way ashore. On Friday, winds will…[more]

Substantial SW due this weekend…[more]

Tracking south swell for 27th…[more]

Tracking SW swell for 30th…[more]

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