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Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Today we have a slight increase in NW and SW swell along the California coast. SW swell will build some over the next 48 hours, but some better-sized southern hemi swell is headed our way next week. We’re also tracking some potentially potent WNW swell for the 16th.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 10-second periods. Closer to the coast the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 6 feet with 10-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 11-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 10-12 seconds from 290 degrees, and SW energy is coming through from 190 degrees with spotty, infrequent, 17-second periods.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist high at most west facing breaks with some chest high plus set waves from time to time. South facing breaks are running knee to waist.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to head sets at most west facing breaks, waist to chest at south facing spots, mainly from NW diffraction.

The tide is hovering around manageable levels now and won’t fluctuate too much during the AM hours until near the end of next week when we approach a New Moon that’ll peak on the 19th.

Water temperatures are averaging 57 degrees in San Diego, 56 in Orange County, 56 in LA, 56 in Ventura County, 56 in Santa Barbara, 54 along the Central Coast, and 52 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere with a light NE offshore element. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 8-12 mph. Onshores are expected to pick up this afternoon to 20 mph in some places. On Friday, we’re expecting winds to…[more]

Southern hemi Friday, Saturday…[more]

More southern hemi on the way next week…[more]

Tracking WNW for 16th…[more]

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