Postcard: SoCal (+ Syd summary)

Posted by: on April 21st, 2011

Hello Friends,

After a quick and unusually smooth 13 hr flight, I’m jetlagged in California. I’ll try to make myself useful from afar. So, according to the latest from the MHL buoy, Sydney’s looking at around a metre of SSE swell with an average period of 10 seconds and light westerly wind as of about 0750. Next tide is a high around 1045. Sadly, that combo is not likely to be producing much of note. South exposed spots might get the odd waist high set I’d guess.

Meanwhile, over on this side of the pond the situation in southern California is similarly uninspiring. Tis the season of fog. The skies were grey and the surf was weak and small – but not flat. I saw people chasing waist high slo-mo rollers at Trancas and Malibu as we headed north on PCH. About the biggest was at County Line where every now and then a chest high set would move slowly in through a lightly wind textured sea. I took a couple pics for you to add to the postcard collection.

Have yourself a good one!



Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is slowly moving east. A weak southerly change on the south coast, gradually extending to the north coast by Thursday night. Winds are expected to freshen from the west to southwest on Friday ahead of another southerly change over the weekend.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds: West to southwesterly about 10 knots tending south to southwesterly during the afternoon then tending west to northwesterly later in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly about 1 metre. Isolated thunderstorms offshore this morning and afternoon.

Forecast for Friday
Winds: West to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre increasing up to 1.5 metres around dawn. Swell: Southerly 0.5 metres.

Forecast for Saturday
Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly up to 10 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres decreasing to below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly about 0.5 metres.

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