Clear skies, offshores, and an ocean full of lines

Posted by: on September 8th, 2017

Hello Friends,

Beautiful Friday morning with waves for those fortunate enough to be able to get into ’em. At 0600 the MHL buoy off Sydney was picking up two metres of south (165 degrees) swell with around 11-12s periods.  At the point that meant typical waves were in the waist to chest range, but judging from where people were sitting, there are probably bigger sets in the mix than I saw. And the size up the beach toward the Pole was looking consistently bigger.  Waves looked kinda fat to me, so the 1.57m high tide at 0930 was the likely culprit.

By the time the tide’s dropping, the SW wind should be into the 15-25 kt range by the time it’s noticeably lower again.

It looks as though the swell should bump up a little across the day and by tomorrow the Bureau thinks we could have large and powerful surf conditions. I’d have a quick read of the Goat’s forecast if you’re planning a weekend surf. Could be quite the weekend.

(Apologies about missing a report yesterday, but I was having a second go at getting my ear reamed. Didn’t pan out for technical reasons, so I get to surf for another couple of weeks before placing myself in the hands of the fine medical professionals at RNSH.)

Go well with your day and I’ll try to add a few more pics later if I can.

Crew scrambling to snag the set waves

Sorta fat looking line at the point 0730

Looking bigger up toward the pole

Weather Situation
The combination of a deep low south of Tasmania and a high pressure ridge over central Australia will maintain a vigorous westerly airstream over most coastal areas through the remainder of the week. During the weekend the ridge will extend across New South Wales as the low moves away, resulting in significantly lighter coastal winds.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots reaching up to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
South to southwesterly 1 to 2 metres tending southerly 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere.
Saturday 9 September
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
South to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sunday 10 September
Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

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