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Sunday, April 29, 2007 | Sunday, while NW swell diminishes along the northern coast, some surprisingly westerly wind swell has picked up along the southern California coast, coupled with a coastal eddy and onshore flow. We’re still due for some SW by the end of the week, but it now looks like NW wind and ground swell could be the dominant feature.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 9 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy at 9 feet with 12-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 7 feet with 12-second periods.

Overall, the predominant swell energy in the water shows WNW periods averaging 12 seconds from 270-280 degrees in SoCal, but from a steep 305 in NCal. A touch of SW is also coming through from 220 with 12-second periods.

In SoCal, wave heights are running chest to at times head high around west facing breaks, but peaky. South facing spots are running waist to chest.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running head high to a few feet overhead around west facing breaks. South facing spots are running chest high.

The tide is at manageable levels for the most part, but we will start seeing some negative AM tides later in the week in response to a Full Moon that’ll peak…more

Water temperatures are averaging 60 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 57 in Ventura County, 55 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the Central Coast and 50 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light but pushing onshore from the south due to the formation last night of a coastal eddy. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 10-15 mph. Monday should remain calm in the AM, but… more

SW on the way later this week… more

NW though to also increase later this week… more

Onshore flow and wind issues in the forecast… more

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