Postcard from Cali flatness

Posted by: on July 30th, 2018

Hello Friends,

Apologies for the long radio silence. I’ll be back to daily reports in a week or so, but for now, a postcard from Southern California where the swell has died out in the last couple days – not that it was particularly interesting up this way, but at least it could be surfed. From the look of the latest MHL data, the situation for Sydney is pretty much the same as here, ie flat. At 0800 the MHL buoy was showing a metre of SSE off Sydney. Unfortunately, the period was an utterly gutless 4-5 seconds. Throw in the brisk 13C air temp as of 0930 and the gradually increasing westerly wind, I’d say doing something else this morning is the plan. The Bureau is talking about the swell coming up in the afternoon, but for what it’s worth, the models aren’t hopeful at all. MHL, surfline and magicseaweed are unifromly dour about the prospects of a wave until at least the end of the week. We’re not likely to fare any better here either, although tomorrow I’ll be heading out to the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara (that’s right, that’s where Al Merrick got the name for his little shaping business).
Hope you have a grand week, and if I can, I’ll pull together another postcard or two from the Islands visit.

Only the barest hint of a south line at Campus Point, Goleta, CA

Weather Situation
A series of cold front will brush the south of the state through the start of the new week, bringing W to SW winds over the waters. Later in the week a high pressure system will assert itself over the waters, shifting winds onshore.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre by early evening.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Weather
Sunny.
Tuesday 31 July
Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending westerly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Wednesday 1 August
Winds
West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

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