Where’d summer go?

Posted by: on December 10th, 2012

Hello Friends,

Steady 20 kts of southerly and light rain greeted early risers today. Very unsummery. No one in the water at Dee Why at 0600 – which is hardly surprising given the details. Swell is around 2.5 metres from the south with an average period of about 8 seconds. Visibility was too poor to take a picture when I first climbed aloft to see what was going on. It was surprisingly small at Dee Why though. Maybe waist high at the point and a touch bigger along the beach. But conditions are so ordinary that it’s all academic.

The gloomy skies should clear in the afternoon says the Bureau, but the wind will still be hammering along from the south to SE.

I’m not liking the look of the models this morning either. Basically, the predictions all seem to be pointing toward more blasting southerlies tomorrow and then easterlies on Wednesday. Yuck. If it’s southerly you at least have a chace of finding something in a corner, but easterlies really slam the door shut on Sydney.

Hope they’re unduly pessimistic…

Good day to hammer into the obligations I’d say, so go well with it and stay happy!

Weather Situation
A high pressure system centred near New Zealand extends a weakening ridge to the far north coast of New South Wales. A southerly change on the north coast is expected to remain slow-moving and weaken on Monday. A high will develop near Tasmania early next week and extend a ridge along the coast.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Southerly 20 to 25 knots.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly 0.5 metres tending southerly about 2 metres from midday.
Tuesday 11 December
Southerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots early in the morning then turning east to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon.
2 metres increasing to 3 metres around dawn then decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Southeasterly about 2 metres.
Isolated thunderstorms offshore from the late morning.
Wednesday 12 December
Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
Up to 1.5 metres.
Southeasterly about 1.5 metres.
The chance of thunderstorms early in the morning.

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