Big south

Posted by: on November 5th, 2013

Hello Friends,
Apologies for the missed reporting, but been pretty busy this end. Only a few days left and then I’m back to Oz.
According to the MHL buoy, it was 3 metres from the SE at 12 seconds at 0300. At 0655 North Head was reporting 10-15kts of SSE wind. Looks from the radar as though there are a few scattered showers about the place. High tide’s at 0900.
Judging from the buoy data, the swell could well be off the 0300 peak by now. Not that it’ll be small or anything though. By this evening it should be noticeably smaller (but still solid on sets at exposed spots). Wind’s going to be a major issue all day as it swings S to SE.
From the look of the forecast, tomorrow morning might be pretty fun. The swell will be declining steadily, but should be fun size at exposed places and with luck the wind won’t be an issue in the am – although the high tide could be a factor.
Sorry no postcard yet today, possibly later…
Go well!

Weather Situation
A strong high pressure system centred southeast of the Bight extends a ridge over New South Wales, while a low pressure system and front lies over the eastern Tasman Sea. A southerly airstream between these two systems will ease on Tuesday before tending northeasterly on Wednesday as the high pressure system moves offshore of the NSW coast. The next cold front and associated southerly change are expected to reach the south coast during Thursday as the high moves over the Tasman Sea and weakens.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres around dawn.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Wednesday 6 November
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Thursday 7 November
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly during the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre.

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