Sticky: Wind light early, but swell was too

Posted by: on December 6th, 2011


Hello Friends,

Odd. It really should be a bit bigger. The MHL buoy off Sydney was reporting a couple metres of SSE swell at 8-10 seconds apart. But… either it was a really bad lull, or what I saw at Dee Why beach around 0645 was not terribly impressive. Basically it looked about waist high to maybe a touch bigger on the sets – and they looked pretty gutless. Tide was high about an hour and a half earlier, so that might have been a factor. I’m heading out on an errand later, so I’ll try to get a look elsewhere…

Next tide is a low at 1140.

There’s an 80% chance of rain today and it’s not supposed to get above the 20C mark either. Wind is due to pick up from the S to SE but to be a comparatively moderate 10-15 kts.

Outlook is for energy levels to decrease gradually over the next 24 hours, but this morning’s riffs on the WAM data are generally maintaining a low-key but hopeful outlook for small wind swell. The forecast has the primary direction moving gradually around to the east. So, with luck, there will be something for those not put off by cloudy skies and light to moderate onshores.

Have yourself a great Tuesday!

Weather Situation

A high pressure system lies over the eastern Bight, while a Low is over the central Tasman Sea, maintaining a southerly flow along the NSW coast. The high will move very slowly eastwards and weaken, forming a centre east of Tasmania on Wednesday. This high will then move slowly towards New Zealand, maintaining a ridge and east to northeasterly winds along the coast at the end of the week.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 metres.

Wednesday 7 December

Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southeasterly about 2 metres.

Thursday 8 December

Winds
East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening.
Swell
Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.

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