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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 | Today is the proverbial calm before the storm as a meager mix of NW and SW is keeping things fairly small today. That significant NW’er though is bearing down on the region for some impressively sized surf by the weekend. More NW is riding behind this particular swell for a continued trend of hefty northern hemisphere swell through the beginning of next week. Weather though will be shifting with some slight precipitation chances in the forecast along with some onshore issues by Sunday.

Right now, the SE Papa Buoy, located 600 nautical miles west of Eureka (in our 24-36 hour swell window), is going off, signaling the approaching NW with heights checking in at 22 feet with some lengthy and strong 20-second periods.

The California Buoy is starting to see some of the long forerunners checking in at 11 feet with 20-second periods. Closer to the coast though, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with only 12-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 12-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12-13 seconds from 305 degrees. SW energy is nearly nonexistent.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high at most west facing breaks, ankle to knee at south facing spots.

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

The tide will slowly recuperate to more normal levels over the next couple of days, but for now it remains problematic as we pull out of a radical tidal swing from a Full Moon that peaked Monday. This spring tide is bringing…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 61 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the Central Coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph. On Friday, when the NW swell starts to build, winds will…[more]

Significantly sized NW builds tomorrow into weekend…http://www.wetsand.com/swellwatch/report.asp?locationid=1&tabid=0&subtabid=0&catid=295&subcatid=0&SPLTabID=350“target=”_blank”>[more]

More NW keeps size up into early next week…http://www.wetsand.com/swellwatch/report.asp?locationid=1&tabid=0&subtabid=0&catid=295&subcatid=0&SPLTabID=350“target=”_blank”>[more]

Tracking another NW swell for the 17th…http://www.wetsand.com/swellwatch/report.asp?locationid=1&tabid=0&subtabid=0&catid=295&subcatid=0&SPLTabID=350“target=”_blank”>[more]

Precipitation chances in the forecast…http://www.wetsand.com/swellwatch/report.asp?locationid=1&tabid=0&subtabid=0&catid=295&subcatid=0&SPLTabID=350“target=”_blank”>[more]

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