Tuesday, April 3, 2007 | Today moderate southern hemi swell continues with a mix of NW wind and ground swell along the California coast. SW increases Wednesday, and NW swell will mix with smaller SW this weekend. Next week though it looks like we have some much bigger southern hemi south swell headed our way.

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Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 17-second periods, showing light NW ground swell. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is similar at 4 feet with 17-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 3 feet with 16-second periods.

Nearer toward SoCal waters though SW swell is coming through with 14-second periods, some of tomorrow’s forerunners are showing up with 20-second periods, and NW wind swell is coming in with 8-second periods.

Overall, the predominant swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 9 seconds from 310 degrees and SW periods running 14 seconds from 195-200 degrees.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest high at most south facing breaks with some pluses every now and again at standouts. West facing breaks are running waist to chest high with better size at dual exposure spots.

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

The tide isn’t looking too bad and will remain at fairly manageable levels this week. By the end of the week though, we’ll be seeing some extreme…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 58 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 58 in Ventura County, 58 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the Central Coast and 51 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 6:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere, although some southerly breezes were reported in many areas due to the coastal eddy hugging the coast. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 mph. Wednesday looks…[more]

Southern hemi increases Wednesday…[more]

Tracking NW for weekend…[more]

Strong south swell for by the middle of next week…[more]

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