Although the 2.05 m high tide arrives at 1045, it already looked pretty fat when I grabbed the snaps at 0800. Skies were gloomy and the occasional rumble of thunder signaled an approaching band of showers. I couldn’t see anyone in the water at Dee Why nor up the beach to No Mans. The wind was light and down at North Head the anomometer was seeing 5-8 kts from the NNE. Out at sea the MHL buoy recorded 1.1 metres of nearly 12-second swell from the SSE (158°). So, there might be the occasional waist high thing elsewhere…maybe… Ocean is on 21C and the Bureau says we can expect a high of 29C.
We’ll see what the Goat says tomorrow, but from my reading of the models, we’re likely to be stuck in this very small to near flat surf regime into February. Wish it wasn’t so friends, but there you have it. At least we’re not putting up with relentless +40C temps like those in our country’s interior.
Have a great Wednesday everybody!
A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea, while a trough stretches from central Australia through western New South Wales. This pattern will bring northerly winds to most coastal areas this morning. A trough is currently bringing a fresh to strong southerly change to the southern waters and is expected to extend to the central waters during the day today. This trough will weaken on Thursday as the Tasman high asserts its dominance and winds will tend to the north again during Friday. Another trough and associated southerly change will enter the southern coastal waters early Saturday morning and will extend to central waters during the day.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon.
- 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
- Northeasterly around 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Thursday 24 January
- South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending south to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
- 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Friday 25 January
- Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 knots during the day.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
- Partly cloudy.