Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007 | Today we have some diminishing, stormy, NW swell along the California coast. Another increase in NW is due Wednesday, but winds and weather will remain unfavorable. Weather clears for the weekend, but surf will be awfully small by then. We are tracking some moderate NW for the 6th, and some SW for the 9th that could see a mix of WNW swell around the same time.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 16 feet with 14-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 11 feet with 12-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 11 feet with 13-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 13 seconds from a steep 305 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 knee to waist+, bigger at dual exposure spots. The OC region though is seeing some serious sheltering from island blockage today where size is smaller.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running DOH at most west facing breaks with standouts seeing some face heights running 15 feet. South facing breaks are running chest to head high from NW diffraction.

Since most areas have seen rain and more is expected over the next 24 hours, 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 an issue this week as we’re in the midst of a tidal swing due to a Full Moon on Saturday. This spring tide is bringing early morning highs well above 5 feet, slowing things down near…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 58 degrees in San Diego, 58 in Orange County, 57 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 56 in Santa Barbara, 55 along the Central Coast, and 52 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were onshore, blowing up to 20 mph at times around the Ventura County region, and 8-15 mph elsewhere. Afternoon winds could increase to 20+ most everywhere, and remain that way through the morning on Wednesday. Thursday should lighten up some, but…[more]

NW Wednesday, Thursday, but stormy…[more]

Small weekend…[more]

Tracking NW potential for 6th…[more]

Tracking SW and WNW for 9th…[more]

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