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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 | Today we have an increase in steep angled NW ground swell along the California coast with a touch of southern hemi SW. The SW picks up a tad tomorrow as NW fades. Another NW’er is due Friday.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 10 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 9 feet with 12-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 8 feet with 13-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12-14 seconds from a steep 315 degrees. SW periods are running 14 seconds from 220 degrees.

In SoCal, most of the steep angled NW energy is once again skirting past the region, remaining in the outer waters. Some energy is filtering in though for wave heights running chest to shoulder high at many west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist high with pluses at dual exposure spots.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running 2-3 feet overhead, DOH at times at standouts. South facing breaks are running chest high, mainly from NW diffraction.

The tide is manageable at the moment, but by the end of the week we’ll be seeing another radical tidal swing from a New Moon that’ll occur on the 20th. This will start swinging early AM tides towards the 6-foot range by week’s end. Click here for tide tables.

Water temperatures have cooled a bit in the past 24 hours in many locations and are averaging 63 degrees in San Diego, 62 in Orange County, 63 in LA, 61 in Ventura County, 61 in Santa Barbara, 59 along the Central Coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were all over the map from a trough passing through the northern portion of the state. NCal was seeing westerlies gusting to 15, the Central Coast NW to 8, and SoCal had NE and SE winds shifting about at many spots from 6-10 mph. This trough should leave the region by the afternoon, which will shift winds again. There may be a temporary lull around noon before NNW’erly winds kick in to 15+ mph for mid to late afternoon sessions. On Wednesday…[more]

SW picks up some Wednesday as NW fades…[more]

NW due Friday…[more]

Next NW’er possible next week…[more]

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