Another grand tour day (running the spouse to work), so I had a chance to get a good look at the conditions. Magnificent morning along the beaches, with not much smoke (yet!) Weirdly, the MHL buoy is showing dead south 2 metres at 9 seconds, but given what I saw, I’d say the offshores are holding it offshore. As the picture below illustrates, the biggest waves at Manly were up at Queenscliff where they were not very big at all. In fact even a guy on a rescue ski could just barely stay with the crumbling puny-ness wafting listlessly in.
Around the corner at Curly there was definitely more activity and there was quite the crowd up the north end. However, it turned out that there was a very long wait between the knee high and a bit set waves (see below)
I took the pictures from the south end and that’s where I witnessed the wave of the day…
Again, stopping at the south end, but this time at Dee Why, it looked as though most of the activity was up at Longy. In fact, you were hard pressed to find even an ankle high wave unless you walked up to the Pole.
As I was about to leave, a fun looking wavelet peeled into the corner. Woulda been shoulder plus on a mouse…
According to the BoM we’re in for a couple of 29C days with wind out of the west early, going N-NE in the afternoons. Both Wavewatch and ECM show the swell staying dead south through Thursday, so on that basis I’m not expecting a dramatic improvement. Still, your favourite south magnet’s probably worth keeping an eye on for sneaker sets. It looks like maybe we’ll see a little uptick on the weekend, but it enthusiasm may be curbed by south wind with it.
Have a great day!
A number of cold fronts will cross southeastern Australia over the coming days, bringing a series of wind changes to New South Wales waters, particularly through southern and central parts.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
- Westerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon then tending west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
- 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
- Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the day.
Wednesday 4 December
- Westerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly in the afternoon and becoming north to northeasterly in the evening.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
- 2nd Swell
- Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Thursday 5 December
- Northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly during the afternoon then tending north to northwesterly during the evening.
- Around 1 metre.
- Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.