Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 | Today we have a light mix of WNW wind swell and SW ground swell along the California coast. The SW will pick up a tad tomorrow, and some significant NW swell will be hitting the coast midweek: NCal Tuesday, SoCal Wednesday. We’re tracking another potentially strong NW swell for the weekend: NCal on Saturday the 11th, then SoCal on Sunday the 12th. Conditions have shifted offshore, but that will change as the next NW’er approaches the coast.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 10-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 4 feet with 10-second periods.

The energy on these buoys reflects the NW element of the energy along the coast. The southerly portion has seas running in the 1.4-2.0 foot range.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows WNW periods averaging 10 seconds from 280-290 degrees. SW periods are running 14 seconds from 180-190 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to chest high at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist high, but with building SW in the water, chest high sets are expected this afternoon.

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

The tide is a problem as we’re in the midst of a radical tidal swing due to a Full Moon that peaked early this morning. This spring tide is bringing highs towards the 7 foot range for early AM sessions, which…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 63 degrees in San Diego, 63 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 61 along the Central Coast, and 60 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 6 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a NNE flow in SoCal and around the Central Coast: up to 9 mph in SLO, SB and Ventura. Gradients are trending offshore and should stay that way through…[more]

NW hits midweek…[more]

Tracking another NW’er for Sunday the 12th…[more]

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