Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | Today we have some light NW swell with a touch of southern hemi along the coast. There is, though, a problematic low approaching the area that could bring drizzle, showers or thunderstorms this morning. More NW is due by Friday, and we’ll be seeing that southern hemi swell later this week as well; however, winds are a concern during the second half of the week. The weekend holds plenty of SW swell, but next week is looking much smaller.

Right now, the California Buoy continues to show a decreasing trend in NW swell and is checking in at only 4 feet with 11-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is down to 5 feet with 11-second periods, and the Cape San Martin buoy is also at 5 feet with 11-second periods.

Overall, the predominant swell energy in the water shows NW periods averaging 11 seconds from a steep 305. SW is building also from 215 with 15-second periods.

In SoCal, wave heights are running waist high just about everywhere on the sets, a little better now and again at standout west facing breaks, but weak overall.

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running chest to shoulder high around west facing breaks. South facing spots are running knee to waist.

The tide is looking pretty good today, but we will see negative AM tides late in the week from a Full Moon Wednesday. This spring tide’s lows could shut down…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 61 degrees in San Diego, 60 in Orange County, 58 in LA, 56 in Ventura County, 55 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the Central Coast and 50 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 7:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere but with an onshore element and some eddy texture in many places. Afternoon onshores are expected to reach 12-15 mph. A low is sitting about 70 miles offshore, and as it approaches the region it will bring some wind issues for the remainder of the…[more]

SW and NW during second half of week…[more]

Wind issues in the forecast…[more]

Smaller surf next week…[more]

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