Postcards from Cali: small waves here and there

Posted by: on November 7th, 2018

Hello Friends,

The MHL buoy was showing a metre of bump from the south at about 7 seconds at 0600. Wind is light SSW and the predicted rain doesn’t seem to have turned up yet.  Water’s 21C according to Beachwatch and tide was a deep 1.7 m at 0800.

The WRL pic tells the story as  of 0530… tomorrow should look rather different as the southerlly does its thing…

WRL picture 0530
Nothing happening in my part of California, but there were waves of a sort at magnet spots like Ventura and Trestles, which is above expectation. Here are a couple snaps from surfline’s cams.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system near New Zealand is directing generally northerly winds along the New South Wales coast, with a cold front and associated southerly change extending north today. The front is forecast to reach the northern border early Thursday. Behind this, a new high pressure system is expected to approach from the west, and should become the dominant weather feature for several days thereafter.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending southerly 20 to 25 knots during the morning.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and early afternoon.
Thursday 8 November
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Southerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning. Winds turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers.
Friday 9 November
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Partly cloudy.

surprisingly surfable looking at Ventura this morning

The usual crew on it at lower Trestles (surfline pic)

(Big day here in the USA as the mid-term elections are on. Every couple years the whole house of reps is up for election and a third of the senate, plus heaps of state and local races. Usually non-presidential election years don’t get much interest, but this time the reaction against the current president has seen unusually high turnout. For a political junkie like your correspondent, it’s a rivetting spectacle.)

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