Sticky: Windblown messiness

Posted by: on March 31st, 2011

Hello Friends,

The primary swell direction swung abruptly just before daybreak and as I write this, it’s now out of the south at a couple metres. But don’t get too excited, the period is just 6 seconds and you may have noticed that we have a bit of wind as well. It’s out of the SSE at 20-25kts as the day starts, but the forecast is for it to back off during the day to around 15-20kts.  Putting those two things together, it looks to me as though we’re pretty much out of luck for surfing today. Maybe tomorrow, if the Bureau is right about the swell, we’ll get a small south pulse during the day that may possibly give us a little something in the northern corners for the afternoon.

Have yourself a terrific Thursday!

TIDES: H @0710, L @1330

Weather Situation

A southerly change will extend to the far north coast by late Thursday. A cold front will move across the southern Tasman Sea on Friday freshening southerly winds on the south and central coasts Saturday. Behind the front a strong high pressure system will move south of he Bight and then it is expected to become semi-stationary by Saturday slowly extending a ridge to the far north coast.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds: Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots later in the evening. Seas: 2 to 3 metres decreasing to 1.5 metres around midday. Swell: Easterly 1 metre tending southerly about 2 metres this afternoon and evening. The chance of thunderstorms offshore this morning.

Forecast for Friday

Winds: South to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots becoming light during the afternoon then tending east to northeasterly up to 10 knots by early evening. Winds tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots later in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southerly about 2 metres decreasing to 1 metre during the evening.

Forecast for Saturday

Winds: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly up to 30 knots during the morning then tending southerly 15 to 25 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing up to 2 metres during the morning then increasing to 3 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1 metre. Isolated thunderstorms until late afternoon.

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