Sticky: Still some swell about

Posted by: on August 9th, 2011

Hello Friends,

Had an errand this morning that allowed me to check out a few extra beaches for you. Started at the Warriewood lookout and can tell you that there were a grand total of four people in the water from there to Mona Vale. Waves were in the knee to waist high range and quite inconsistent. However the surface was glassy and the lines were clean, so it wasn’t without its attractions.

Whizzed by little Narrabeen but didn’t stop as no one seemed to be in the water. Next surf check was a couple blocks south of North Narrabeen so that I could see from one end of the beach to the other. There were maybe half a dozen in the water at Northy chasing infrequent waist high sets and something approaching that number way down the beach toward Marquesas – where it seemed to be equally small.

According to the MHL Sydney buoy, swell height and energy levels were little changed from yesterday afternoon – ie out of the south at about 12 seconds apart with an average height at sea of about 1.5m.

The forecast calls for the swell to fade slowly through the day. Tide’s low at about 1010 and high at 1650 or so. The low tide’s not exceptionally low and that means we’re looking at a degree of fatness that will only worsen once the tide turns.

Outlook is for the winds to stay generally out of the westerly quarters over the next three days and the swell should kind of hang in there at just above too small to surf – assuming you’re looking at a south swell spot.

Have yourself a great Tuesday!

Weather Situation
A complex low pressure system over waters just southeast of the state is expected to move very slowly to the east/northeast and intensify on Wednesday and Thursday before moving away towards New Zealand on Friday. The exact position of the low remains uncertain though strong southwest to southerlies are likely to extend gradually northward along the coast from Wednesday.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming southwesterly 10 to 20 knots later in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms offshore.
Wednesday 10 August
Winds
West to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
Thursday 11 August
Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly up to 15 knots during the morning.
Seas
Up to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.

 

 

 

 

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