Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 | we have some increasing NW wind swell along the coast that will peak on Thursday with some NW ground swell as weather begins to clear, but winds pose an issue and the tide swings to excessive highs. We have some moderate NW due by Sunday, and we’re tracking what looks like a decent sized NW swell for the 26th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 8 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 12 feet with 10-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 10 feet with 11-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging a very short 10 seconds from 300 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist to at times chest high at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running knee to waist high with some bigger sets coming through at SW exposed breaks.

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

Note that since most areas have seen rain today, we will be facing the possibility of increased bacteria levels from runoff. As a reminder, there is a risk of increased bacteria levels through a period of at least 72-hours following the end of any measurable rain event. Water contact should be avoided during this period, especially within 100 yards of drainpipes, creek outlets, river mouths, etc.

The tide remains an issue as we enter a tidal swing due to a New Moon on Friday. This spring tide is bringing early AM highs to around 6 feet, slowing things down near…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 57 degrees in San Diego, 57 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 56 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast, and 52 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this evening were light and variable just about everywhere. The passing low that brought some surprising weather to the region today should move to the south tonight, but as it does, some northerly winds can be expected to around 10-15 mph, which could linger into Thursday’s AM sessions. Approaching the weekend conditions should…[more]

NW Thursday…[more]

NW by Sunday…[more]

Tracking NW for 26th…[more]

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