Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 | Today is a placid day along the waters of the California coast. NW swell will slowly build along the coast on Thursday as an onshore flow develops. Size then jumps up on Friday. We’re tracking more NW for the 28th-29th. Some low latitude WNW is also on the radar with an early ETA for the 1st.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 7 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 6 feet with 12-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 5 feet with 12-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12 seconds from 305 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist high most everywhere with the best size around west facing breaks.

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

The tide is not much of an issue for the remainder of the week, although we will start to see another early morning tidal swing next week as a Full Moon approaches on Groundhog Day.

Water temperatures are averaging 57 degrees in San Diego, 57 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 54 in Ventura County, 57 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast, and 52 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Some ENE winds can be expected this morning, but should remain at or below 10 mph. Mid afternoon will likely see some light to moderate onshores. Wednesday is looking…[more]

Substantial NW by Friday…[more]

Tracking NW for 28th-29th…[more]

Tracking WNW for 1st…[more]

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