So-so Saturday

Posted by: on December 9th, 2017

Hello Friends,

The odd sunny break as Saturday got started. Wind kept going all night but as of 0630 it was 7-8 kts from the SE at North Head – it should pick up soon though. Tide was dropping to the 0.57 m low at 0730 (high is 1.7 m at 1345 and out at sea the 0400 report from the MHL buoy showed 2 metres of 9-sec SSE swell.

As you can see from the pics (click to see full size) the steady south breeze was chopping up the waist to chest high sets from 0630. Wave quality was not too spectacular but it did seem to be reasonably consistent for those keen types willing to put up with the junky conditions.

Outlook for tomorrow seems to be okay for the dawn patrol when wind should be light. But  as the morning goes along the east to SE breeze will pick up before going NE in the afternoon. The general energy trend is for the primary swell energy to be coming from the east – and fading across the day.

Right now Monday and Tuesday are not looking too hopeful for waves. The models tell us to expect short period junk and onshores peaking around the 20 kt mark in the afternoons. There does seem to be some hope of a slight improvement to wave heights at sea late in the week, but periods are forecast to be in the choppy 6-8 second range. So, very much a summery outlook.

Have yourself a great Saturday one and all!

Weather Situation

Southerly winds will gradually tend southeast to northeast this weekend as a weak high pressure system becomes established over the Tasman Sea. This high is expected to be the dominant feature in the region over the following days, although a weak trough is likely to briefly affect southern waters on Monday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloud clearing.

Sunday 10 December

Winds
East to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Monday 11 December

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Easterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

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