Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 | Today we have a small mix of NW and SW swell along the coast with windy conditions in many areas. The wind will subside over the next 24-48 hours, but so will the meager swell sloshing about in the coastal waters. It looks like we’re in for a big boost in surf though by the weekend as models have upgraded a western Pacific storm moving our way. This one looks quite impressive this morning, but it could bring precipitation to some areas as well.
Bacteria Notice: Before getting on with the rest of the report, we would like to mention that there was a sewage spill at Surfrider Beach in Malibu on Friday. The lagoon has breeched and the LA County Department of Public Health has closed the beach a quarter of a mile in each direction of the lagoon. Testing is ongoing, and postings may be removed Monday. More information can be found at the Dept. of Health Services web site.
Right now, the California Buoy is at 6 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 5 feet with 9-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 10-second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12 seconds from 315 degrees. SW periods are running 14 seconds from 180.
In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest high at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running knee to waist.
The tide is a bit problematic as we’re now well in the midst of a radical tidal swing from a Full Moon that’ll peak on Monday. This spring tide is bringing flooding highs towards the 7-foot range for early morning sessions, shutting down…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 61 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 61 in LA, 60 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 59 along the Central Coast, and 58 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 7:00 this morning were rather strong from the ENE in some locations including Ventura County where gusts were exceeding 20 mph. Newport was also checking in with 14 mph winds. All regions of SoCal could see some Santa Ana’s to varying degrees of strength. This offshore event should calm on Monday, and then…[more]
Minor NW on tap this week…[more]
Tracking significantly sized NW for end of week into weekend…[more]