Thursday, Feb.15, 2007 | Today we have a small mix of NW swell along the coast with offshore conditions but a bugger of a high tide early this morning. Size picks up ever so slightly Friday, but size will be increasing appreciably this weekend, especially Sunday. Weather though will be a concern by Monday, associated with another increase in NW by Tuesday. Looking farther out on the long range, we’re still watching that NW/SW swell combo for the 23rd timeframe.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 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 15-second periods.

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

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist most everywhere with some rare chest high set waves coming through from time to time around west facing breaks not shadowed by island blockage when the tide is right, which is a problem today, tomorrow and throughout the weekend.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to head high at most west facing breaks with some pluses coming through every now and again at breaks with good WNW’erly exposure. South facing breaks are running waist to shoulder high.

The tide is an issue as we’re now well into a tidal swing due to a New Moon Friday. This spring tide is bringing early morning highs above 6 feet, slowing things down near…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 58 degrees in San Diego, 58 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 57 in Santa Barbara, 56 along the Central Coast, and 53 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and trending offshore from the ENE in SoCal to 9 mph, calm in NCal, yet slightly NW’erly along the Central Coast. The AM winds are not expected to exceed 12 mph along the coast with afternoon winds trending lightly onshore. On Friday, the offshore gains a little bit of strength, but then on Saturday…[more]

NW increases this weekend…[more]

Weather issues Sunday into beginning of week…[more]

Tracking NW and SW for 23rd…[more]

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