Beaches with NE exposure should be picking up a little something this morning. The MHL buoy was showing a couple of metres of 8-sec windswell from 134-136 degrees, plus some chop from the north. Wind at 0645 was 5 kts from the NNE. The WRL cam showed a fair amount of texture on the surface and the forecast is calling for 15-20kts North wind later – with swell heights bumping up too. Water is on the 20C mark. Next tide is a 1.57m high around 1240. Weather is set to be cloudy (showers early, thunderstorm possiblle later) and going to a high of 24.
From the shape of the forecasts, it looks as though this morning could be about as good as it gets over the rest of the week. General trend is for short period and small windswell – with increasing winds.
The fires continue to produce smoky skies in Santa Barbara. Only swell is a south which gets blocked in the Santa Barbara area by the Channel Islands (yep, where Al Merrick got the brand name). It looks as though the further south you go, the better the waves. Cardiff (near San Diego) was looking super fun – offshore and chest plus on the peeling sets. Unfortunately for me, it’s 5 hours of heavy traffic away, so oh well.
Have yourself a top old Wednesday everyone!
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards the northern New South Wales coast and is directing north to northeasterly winds along most of the coast. The next trough and associated southerly change is forecast to reach the far southern coast this evening, before moving over central waters during Thursday and northern waters during Friday.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres around midday.
Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon and evening.
Thursday 15 November
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly during the morning.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Northeasterly 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Friday 16 November
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.