Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 | Today we still have plenty of NW swell along the coast and size won’t be going flat any time soon. We do though have some precipitation chances in the forecast for the coming weekend.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking at 17 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 18 feet with 17-second periods and Cape San Martin buoy is at 13 feet with 15-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 14-16 seconds from 300 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running head high to a few feet overhead at most west facing breaks, DOH at standouts at times. South facing breaks are running waist to shoulder high, bigger though at dual exposure spots. Note though that the OC region is once again seeing a good deal of island blockage, resulting in smaller size.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running 12-15 feet on the faces at west facing breaks. Standouts can expect some sets having face heights reaching 18 feet. South facing breaks are seeing plenty of NW diffraction and are running head high to a few feet overhead.

The tide is still at fairly manageable levels now and will be for most of the week. Our next tidal swing will be noticeable by the weekend when early AM sessions push…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 61 in LA, 59 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 59 along the Central Coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable more everywhere. A light offshore trend is in place, which should keep winds fairly mild throughout the day with onshores this afternoon around 8-12 mph. This trend should continue for…[more]

NW Thursday in NCal, Friday SoCal…[more]

More NW Sunday into Monday…[more]

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