Sunday, March 18, 2007 | Today we have quite a variety of NW and SW swell along the California coast. Although size will be backing off over the next couple of days, we have some NW and SW swells due Wednesday into Thursday. Conditions though will be tricky during the first half of the week as we deal with a New Moon, heavy onshore flow, and even some slight chances of precipitation.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast the Half Moon Bay buoy is at 4 feet with 12-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 11-second periods.

Overall, the swell energy in the water shows WNW ground swell periods averaging 13 seconds from 260-275 degrees, and NW wind swell periods running 10 seconds from 290, and SW periods running 14 seconds from 220.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most west facing breaks, although some occasionally bigger waves are coming through now and again. South facing breaks are running waist to chest high, bigger though at dual exposure spots.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing chest to shoulder high sets at most west facing breaks, waist to chest at south facing spots.

The tide is an issue over the next few days as we’re deep-seated in a tidal swing due to a New Moon. This spring tide is bringing highs near 6 feet to…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 57 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 58 in Santa Barbara, but still only 55 along the Central Coast and 54 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 mph. Monday looks a little calmer, but then…[more]

NW and SW due midweek…[more]

Shifting weather and winds this week…[more]

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