You’ll want to be keen… very, very keen

Posted by: on December 30th, 2010

Hello Friends,

You’ll have to look pretty hard for a wave this morning in Sydney. It’s a lovely morning and the water’s around the 20 mark, but Huey couldn’t be less interested in us. Low tide’s at 1010 and the high will be along at about 1600 – not that it much matters from a surf perspective. We have a little east wind swell of about a metre with a totally gutless power setting of 6 seconds. If you can find something in the knee to waist high range, you’ll be doing very well indeed.

When I checked the Collaroy-Narrabeen stretch a little before 0630 this morning, there was a small group at Northy and two or three bods down the beach toward Gardens. But the biggest set I saw was about knee high – and it turned up after quite a long wait. Around at Dee Why, the situation was much the same. It was a little better at No Mans than in the corner, but the difference was very slight.

Outlook for today is for the seabreeze to come up from the SE later this morning and to swing more NE later, but the predicted velocity isn’t going to push up much, so we’re unlikely to see much, if any, real improvement to the surf situation.

The last day of 2010 just might see a slightly better chance of waves in the afternoon at the semi-protected NE corners. We’re due to get a combo of small east swell and NE wind speeds peaking in the 20-25kt range, so that may produce some chest high plus sets at exposed spots.

Longer term, I’m not really seeing much of anything on the charts to give us hope of a change to the summery pattern. Guess that’s not too surprising given that it’s summer and all…

Go well and stay happy!

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea will remain there for the next few days, with a ridge extending to the mid-north coast of New South Wales. A weak southerly change on the southern New South Wales coast is expected to reach Sydney late this morning or midday. Winds will quickly return to north to northeasterly before another front brings a stronger southerly change to the south coast on Saturday extending to the Hunter coast on Sunday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds: Northeasterly 5 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly up to 10 knots around midday then tending east to northeasterly up to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly 0.5 metres tending easterly about 1 metre from midday.

Forecast for Friday
Winds: Northerly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening. Swell: Easterly 1 metre.

Forecast for Saturday
Winds: Northerly 15 to 20 knots tending northeasterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: Easterly 1 metre.

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