Tuesday, May, 8, 2007 | Today is a small surf day along the California coast with only minor NW wind swell and light SW ground swell in the water. Not much change is expected for a while, but two storms near Antarctica have our attention this morning, both showing potential surf for the week of the 20th.

Right now, the California Buoy is at a mere 2 feet with 14-second periods — the last of the recent southern hemi swell now headed towards the Gulf. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is checking in at 3 feet with 10-second periods and the Cape San Martin buoy is at 4 feet with 11-second periods.

Overall, NW periods are averaging a short, 9 seconds from 280-290 degrees. Southern hemi energy is coming through from 215 with 15-second periods.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee to waist most everywhere.

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

The tide is still dipping to near zero around mid morning, but no major tidal swing is in the forecast for the next week or so. We will though be seeing extremely negative early AM lows at…[more]

Water temperatures are averaging 59 degrees in San Diego, 59 in Orange County, 55 in LA, 55 in Ventura County, 55 in Santa Barbara, 53 along the Central Coast and 51 degrees in NCal.

Winds as of 8:00 this morning were light and variable with an offshore element. Onshores will pick up by this afternoon though from the WNW around 15-20 mph. High pressure will start breaking down Wednesday, but…[more]

Small surf for a while…[more]

Tracking potential southern hemi action for week of the 20th…[more]

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