A most unlovely start to the day for Sydney surfers. The MHL buoy is showing only the barest hint of any energy. What little there is seems to be coming from the SE at about 10 seconds apart, but the average height at sea is struggling to reach the half-metre mark.
On top of that, the Bureau has hoisted the gale pennant as it calls for the wind to move south to SW and get up to 30-35kts this afternoon. For what it’s worth, the swell’s supposed to come up a little as that happens and overnight it could reach the 2 metre mark before dropping back to 1-1.5 metres by the time Friday morning dawns.
I’ll post a picture later this morning. Right now there’s too much rain falling on the crows nest.
Spent most of yesterday working on the arcane calculus of donation levels and rewards to offer supporters for the crowdfunding project. Another day of this stuff looms for your webmaster, but I am getting there…
Have a great Thursday and keep on smilin’!
A low pressure system develops over the western Tasman Sea this morning, leading to strong to gale force winds along the coast. Winds are likely to ease on Friday under a weak high pressure ridge. The high pressure ridge moves northwards on Saturday as a cold front slips past the southern NSW coast.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Gale warning for Thursday for Sydney Coastal Waters
West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending south to southwesterly 30 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday, then decreasing below 3 metres later in the evening.
Southerly up to 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres by early evening.
The chance of thunderstorms, mainly offshore.
Friday 9 August
Strong wind warning for Friday for Sydney Coastal Waters
South to southwesterly 25 to 30 knots turning west to northwesterly below 10 knots in the early afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing below 0.5 metres during the afternoon.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres before dawn, then decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Saturday 10 August
Westerly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then becoming variable about 10 knots during the afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Southerly around 1 metre.