Not entirely hopeless, call it 4 out of 10

Posted by: on May 31st, 2014

Hello Friends,

The Bureau tells us the NE’r should start to make itself felt this morning, but for early risers, surface conditions were glassy, if somewhat sloppy. Swell is showing as mainly out of the SE at close to 2 metres with an average period of around 10 seconds. It looked like the shorter period stuff was dominating as the day got started. Waves were waist to chest plus and kind of wobbly.
Tide was low at 0400 and will hit high at 1000 before dropping back to low at 1530.
Outlook is for a few showers today and rain tomorrow. Swell is supposed to be around again tomorrow but much reduced by a decreasing period. The models say it’ll drop into the 6-8 sec range, so exposed spots might be around the waist high mark for the early.
Outlook for the week ahead is for mostly ordinary and marginal with the first few days offering the best hope of a wave before we get into some pretty dire looking conditions (ie flatness).
Have yourself a top Saturday everyone.

Kinda sloppy but not hopeless

Kinda sloppy but not hopeless

Messy and wobbly on the high tide.

Messy and wobbly on the high tide.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge into central New South Wales. Northerly winds will develop during Saturday as the high strengthens and a broad trough of low pressure moves into western New South Wales. This trough is forecast to cross the coast early Monday, bringing a westerly wind shift to most areas. Following this, the next high pressure system is expected to move across from the west, resulting in a return to lighter winds early in the new week.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres around dawn, then tending south to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Sunday 1 June
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the afternoon. Winds turning northerly during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening.
Swell
Northeast to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore around midday.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms from the late morning.
Monday 2 June
Winds
Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly during the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.

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