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Thursday, March 1, 2007 | Today we still have some NW swell along the California coast, but this will be fading throughout the day. This downward trend will lead into some small surf this weekend when a rather robust offshore event kicks in. The NW for Tuesday has fizzled, and it looks like we could see some less than pretty storm surf on Wednesday. We’re watching what could be a decent sized, long-period WNW swell for the 9th-10th, mixing with some light southern hemi around the same time. More southern hemi SW is being tracked for the 12th.
Right now, the California Buoy is declining, checking in at 10 feet with 11-second periods from a high of 18 feet this time yesterday. Closer to the coast the swell is still lingering with the Half Moon Bay buoy at 11 feet with 12-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy at 11 feet with 13-second periods.
Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 12 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 waist high, bigger though at dual exposure spots.
Northern California and the Central Coast are still seeing some sets running DOH along west facing breaks with standouts seeing some pluses at times. South facing breaks are running chest to head high from NW diffraction.
The tide is an issue now through the weekend as we’re in the midst of a tidal swing due to a Full Moon Saturday. This spring tide is bringing early morning highs well above 5 feet, slowing things down near…[more]
Water temperatures are averaging 57 degrees in San Diego, 56 in Orange County, 57 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 55 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 in SoCal with a NNE element. Some gusts to 15 were reported around some areas of LA and VC though. The Central Coast was blowing gusts around 20 mph from the NW. A NW flow is in place, which should bring 15 mph onshores to most all locations this afternoon. Friday will see some…[more]
Small weekend ahead with wind event…[more]
Watching storm and wind swell for 7th…[more]
Tracking long-period WNW and SW for 9th-10th…[more]
Tracking moderate southern hemi SW for 12th…[more]