Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007 | Today we have a small to moderate mix of NW swell along the coast, a trend that will change by Friday when some substantial NW swell hits the coast. An offshore condition is dominant for the first part of the week, shifting to onshore when the NW’er rolls in by week’s end.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 13-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 10 feet with 10-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging a 12 seconds from 310 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights have been running waist to chest high at most west facing breaks with a few pluses at some standouts, knee to waist at south facing breaks. Note that there is a good deal of, island blockage affecting the OC region today.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to head at most west-facing breaks, but very peaky. South facing breaks are running waist high, bigger though at dual exposure spots.

The tide is an issue today with a tidal swing pushing mid morning highs over 6 feet. This though will recuperate to more normal levels as the week progresses…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 58 degrees in San Diego, 58 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 55 in Ventura County, 56 in Santa Barbara, 56 along the Central Coast, and 51 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 11:00 this morning were gusty from the ENE in many places, over 20+ in some parts of VC and LA, as well as some regions in OC. The strongest of this offshore event should peak tonight, although Monday will…[more]

Substantial NW late in week…[more]

Tracking NW for 29th… “target=”_blank”>[more]

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