What’s with the gloomy skies?

Posted by: on October 19th, 2010

Hello Friends,

Your correspondent is just emerging from jetlag land, so apologies in advance. Came in yesterday morning to a beautiful, if cool spring day with some small but surfable south swell. And then this morning rolls around… all heavy grey clouds, showers and SE wind. What’s worse is that the metre plus of SSE swell has weakened from an average period of nearly 10 seconds yesterday afternoon, to a ghastly and gutless 6-7 seconds this morning. Blergh!

Some of the models are calling for a very brief (less that 12 hours) south pulse to hit us later today, but looking at the energy levels reporting in from the buoys off to the south of Sydney, I can’t see any evidence of it. And, since the wind is set to stay se to southerly all day, you’d have to be pretty hopeful to think you might score something later. After three weeks of southern California microness, I’m hanging out for something surfable, but, sadly, I can’t see anything much in our immediate future. Just more spring dolodrums.

About the best near term hope for Sydney surfers could be tomorrow morning when the greyness should lift and the winds could back off enough to leave us some possibly catchable little items at south facing spots.

It’s great to be back home once more and though it’s not too inspiring right now, by the end of Tuesday, we’ll be a day closer to when Huey next slings us something fun! Go well.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system near the Bight is slowly moving east extending a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea.A weak cold front will move across the southern Tasman Sea during Tuesday bringing a south to southwest change along the New South Wales coast. The high is expected to move over the western Tasman Sea on Wednesday and then to move slowly towards New Zealand.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots by early evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5 metres.
Forecast for Wednesday

Winds: South to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots becoming light during the morning then tending east to northeasterly up to 10 knots around midday. Winds increasing to east to northeasterly up to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southerly about 1.5 metres.
Forecast for Thursday

Winds: North to northeasterly 5 to 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then increasing to 10 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing up to 1.5 metres during the evening. Swell: Southerly 1 metre.

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