Monday, Feb. 19, 2007 | Today NW swell is building along the coast. Weather though could be an issue then. We have a combo of NW and SW due at the end of the week, but we could have some weather issues by then as well.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 7 feet with 14-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 16-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 14-16 seconds from 285 degrees.

Note that the long periods in today’s swell will inevitably make for variation in size between breaks of…[more]

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest to head high at most west facing breaks with some overhead pluses coming through at times at standouts. South facing breaks are running waist high, bigger though at dual exposure spots. Note though that the OC region is shadowed from much of this incoming swell by island blockage.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running DOH at most west facing breaks. South facing breaks are running chest to head high from NW diffraction.

The tide is an issue as we slowly pull out of a radical tidal swing due to a New Moon last Friday. This spring tide is still bringing early morning highs above 6 feet, slowing things down near…[more]

Water temperatures are up a bit in some locations, averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 60 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 58 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast, and 52 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere, although many spots have been seeing a slight onshore influence. Winds today will vary greatly by region due to a low coming up from the south and one diving down from the north but sitting well offshore. The SD and OC regions could see winds increase to 15+ this afternoon while LA, VC and SB see lighter winds. As the low from the north bears down on the region tonight, there is…[more]

NW increases Monday, but weather, wind issues…[more]

More weather possible during second half of week…[more]

NW with SW Friday, Saturday…[more]

Tracking light SW and possible NW for 27th-28th…[more]

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