Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006 | Today the NW swell we’ve been talking about is starting to fill in. The bulk of this swell is pushing through the outer waters this morning and is about to come ashore. Weather and winds have shifted to an onshore flow, and a few days this week could be a bit blustery in some locales. NW decreases by the weekend, and we have some moderate SW due on the 30th.

Right now, the California Buoy is on the rise, showing signs of the approaching NW with wave heights at 14 feet but with tight, 11-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 11-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 11 seconds from 295-305 degrees. SW periods are running 15 seconds from 220 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to at times chest high at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running knee to waist.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head high surf at most west facing breaks. Breaks with NW’erly exposure are seeing some sets running slightly overhead. South facing breaks are seeing mostly NW diffraction with size running waist to chest.

The tide remains an issue as we’re well entrenched in a radical tidal swing from a New Moon that peaked on Monday. This spring tide is bringing flooding highs well into..[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 64 degrees in San Diego, 64 in Orange County, 64 in LA, 62 in Ventura County, 62 in Santa Barbara, 60 along the Central Coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. With an onshore flow in place, onshore winds are expected to increase by late morning, reaching 10-12 mph this afternoon. On Wednesday, the onshore…[more]

NW picks up Wednesday…[more]

NW to peak on Thanksgiving…[more]

Moderate SW due on the 30th…[more]

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