Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 | Today we have some short-period, steep angled NW wind swell in the water as a cold and windy storm bears down on the region. While we’re not looking at much in the way of rain from this storm, the wind and anticipated record low temperatures are a concern over the next few days. Sunday should be a rebound day weather and wind wise when some cleaner, long-period NW ground swell fills in. We’re also tracking some NW for the 17th-18th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 11 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 11 feet with 8-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 11 feet with 8-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 9 seconds from a steep 320 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest to head high and peaky at most west facing breaks with some pluses at times at standouts. South facing breaks are running chest high with bigger sets coming through at SW exposed breaks.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running head high to a couple feet overhead at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running chest high.

The tide won’t fluctuate too much over the next couple days, but we will start to see another noticeable tidal swing next week as we approach a New Moon on the 19th. This spring tide will bring…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 58 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 59 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 57 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast, and 54 degrees in NCal. Note that air temps will be diving to possible record lows shortly…[more]

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable just about everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 mph. Tonight, cold air will be ushered in by…[more]

Cold, windy wind swell for a couple days…[more]

Long-period NW’er Sunday…[more]

Tracking NW for 17th-18th…[more]

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