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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007 | Today we have some building NW swell along the California coast but rain is on the way, as are some strong onshore winds. Conditions clear somewhat this weekend. More NW swell is due next week, but this is from a Gulf system similar to today’s swell with some rain chances in the forecast.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 9 feet with 14-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 9 feet with 14-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 13 seconds from a steep 310 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are 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. Note that the OC region is once again shadowed from the steep angle of this incoming swell by island blockage.

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

Since most areas have seen rain recently and more is bearing down on the coast, we are 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 is back to manageable levels right now. The next tidal swing will occur near the end of the month when we approach a Full Moon on the 3rd…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 58 in Orange County, 59 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 58 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 with a southerly element. Onshore winds are expected to increase throughout the day, becoming 20+ mph late this afternoon, possibly even 30 mph in some areas tonight. Winds should diminish Friday, but remain onshore. Saturday we’re expecting winds to turn…[more]

NW wind swell increases in SoCal through Saturday…[more]

NW due early next week, but rain chances…[more]

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