Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006 | Today we have mostly NW wind swell with some decreasing SW swell along the California coast. In SoCal, size will be backing off tomorrow, but a strong system hitting NCal Saturday will have some effect on weekend surf in the southland – conditions though are looking shifty. High pressure and warm weather are expected by this time next week when some minor south swell is due; we may see some noteworthy NW on the 19th; and we’re tracking some New Zealand SW for the 22nd.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 8 feet with 10-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 11-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 10-second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging a sloppily short 10 seconds from 305-320 degrees. SW periods are running 15 seconds from 195 degrees.
In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most west facing breaks with some head high sets coming through from time to time at standouts. South facing breaks are running waist high.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running head high + at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running chest high, mainly from NW diffraction.
The tide is a starting to recuperate, slowly pulling out of that radical tidal swing we’ve been dealing with this week. Highs are still pushing the 6-foot mark, but occurring later in the morning. Look for…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 65 degrees in San Diego, 64 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 63 in Ventura County, 63 in Santa Barbara, 58 along the Central Coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a light NNE flow with the exception of the Central Coast where NW winds were clocking in at 15 mph. There was a weak eddy last night in SoCal, and some areas have a touch of southerly texture. With north to south gradients in place today, the northerly winds should peak by mid morning, leaving conditions as they are now (or slightly stronger from the north) throughout the morning with afternoon onshores becoming 10 mph or so for most locales. On Friday, the winds will…[more]
Some NW Sunday, but steep angle…[more]
Southern hemi early next week with wind swell…[more]
Light south swell on 17th with better weather…[more]
Tracking NW for 19th…[more]
Tracking some SW for 22nd…[more]