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Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 | Today we have a moderate mix of NW and SW swell along the coast. NW increases Friday, as do winds. A bigger NW’er is due on the 26th, and we’ve got two more NW’ers in our sights for the 28th and 30th.
Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 20 feet with long, 17-second periods that’ll be arriving along the coast on Friday. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is just now starting to feel some of that energy with 17 second periods but only at 6 feet, and the Cape San Martin buoy is still at 6 feet with just 12-second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12 seconds from 300 degrees, and SW periods are running 14 seconds from 220.
In SoCal, wave heights are running chest to shoulder high at most west facing breaks, waist to chest at south facing breaks.
Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to head high at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running waist to chest+.
The tide is still an issue for early AM sessions for the next couple of days as we slowly pull out of the tidal swing from the New Moon that peaked on Wednesday. This spring tide is…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 60 in LA, 59 in Ventura County, 60 in Santa Barbara, 57 along the Central Coast, and 57 degrees in NCal.
Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph. This will change on Friday…[more]
Bigger NW due Tuesday…[more]
Tracking NW’ers for 28th and 30th…[more]