As of 0720 the wind was lightish and from the SW, but it won’t last long. Pretty soon the wind will be coming from the SE, just like the showers wafting in from that direction. Not a nice morning and while it’s getting crazy up north from the Oma energy, Sydney is currently seeing 2.7 metres from the SSE at 8 seconds. From the cams it looks pretty lumpy and disorganised with size in the shoulder-head high range at magnets. As for the week ahead, well, it looks like a complicated story. The Goat has ruminated upon the prospects and yesterday offered his take on the possibility of our seeing something vaguely reasonable from all the storm energy boiling around off the east coast.
As for California, it’s still flat to micro everywhere from Santa Cruz to San Diego. But here are a couple of Surfline cam sourced postcards for your amusement…
above the view north from Jalama State Park in Santa Barbara county
You could have had Malibu to yourself…
A strengthening high pressure system to the west of Tasmania will move slowly east over the next couple of days, establishing south to southeasterly winds through most coastal areas. Winds and seas in the north increase today and through the weekend due to the presence of Tropical Cyclone Oma in the region.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
- South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
- 1.5 to 2 metres.
- Northeasterly 1.5 metres.
- Partly cloudy.
Saturday 23 February
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
- South to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the evening.
- 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
- 1st Swell
- Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
- 2nd Swell
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Sunday 24 February
- Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the day.
- 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the afternoon.
- 1st Swell
- Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres, tending southerly 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
- 2nd Swell
- Easterly 1 to 2 metres.
- Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.