Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007 | We have a weak mix of NW wind swell and SW ground swell along the coast. Although the weekend isn’t looking much better size-wise, we do have some SSE swell due early next week and another minor southern hemi due the week after that. Some NW wind swell is on the charts for next week as well.

Right now, the California Buoy is checking in at 4 feet with 12-second periods. Closer to the coast, the Half Moon Bay buoy is at a nearly flat 1.6 feet with 12-second periods and the Cape San Martin buoy is barely pushing 1 foot with 12-second periods.

Overall, SW ground swell periods are averaging 11 seconds from 205 degrees. NW wind swell is running 9 seconds from 315.

In SoCal, wave heights are running knee high most everywhere, although, at times, wind swell is pushing some sets toward waist high with standout west facing breaks getting a rare chest high morsel now and again (the exception, not the rule today).

Northern California and the Central Coast are seeing sets running knee to waist high most everywhere.

The tide was still pretty low early this morning, but AM tidal levels will recuperate more over the next few days…[more]

Water temps are averaging 70 degrees in San Diego, 68 in Orange County, 67 in LA, 64 in Ventura County, 64 in Santa Barbara, 56 along the Central Coast and 55 degrees in NCal.

Winds at 8:00 this morning were light and variable most everywhere in SoCal, but howling along the Central Coast to 25 mph from the NW and 15 mph in NCal. In SoCal, onshore winds are expected to pick up throughout the morning, reaching 14-18 mph in the afternoon. The gradients should relax along the coast over the next couple days, making for…[more]

Tracking SSE for next week…[more]

Hurricane surf potential diminished…[more]

NW wind swell next week as well…[more]

Tracking SW for 26th…[more]

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