Archive for February 2020

Clean little lines……

Posted on February 26th, 2020 in Surf Reports.

Clean little lines on the northern beaches this morning. Perfect morning for a swim or a slide on something with some volume. Early will be best.

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Carpinteria salt marsh

Posted on February 25th, 2020 in Postcard.

Hello Friends,
No waves here today, and not looking exceptional in Sydney either. although at least looks like you might be able to get a knee high bump at the better exposures.

My brother needed to do some work on a climate data gathering site at Carpinteria this morning, so I grabbed my camera and tagged along. The Natural Reserve in question is one of the few coastal wetlands in southern California, so I hoped to get a few bird pictures.

Interestingly though, the first thing I photographed was a sizable gathering of sharks in the main channel from the sea. There were easily 50 of the 1-1.5 metre critters hugging the shallow bottom as they looked for their main prey, shellfish.

Tidal estuary crowded with little sharks in Carpinteria

Birdwise, it was relatively quiet, but I managed to find a few subjects…

Osprey, Carpinteria, CA

Egret

On the hunt…


Lovely Mona morning………

Posted on February 25th, 2020 in Surf Reports.

Very nice conditions to start the day at Mona Vale this morning. Warm water, waist high waves and light northerly wind. What’s not to like? Incoming tide won’t help but there should be small fun waves all morning.

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Mona morning hues….

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Cali sunshine and very small

Posted on February 23rd, 2020 in Postcards.

Hello Friends,
Swell in Sydney looks to have cogged down a notch during the nighttime hours and as of 0600 was 1.5 metres from the SE at 9 seconds apart. So if you got waves yesterday, go back there again today and you should still get a little something.

Continues to be very small in southern California. Today’s pic is from the California Street Surfline cam in Ventura. C-Street is a swell magnet, so when it’s small there, it’s likely small every where. It’s a pretty day here though

California Street. (Surfline screenshot)

 
Weather Situation
A high pressure system in the Bight is extending a ridge to the Tasman Sea, while a trough of low pressure lies over inland New South Wales. The high is expected to slowly drift eastwards during the next few days, maintaining a ridge along the coast. The next significant change looks set to arrive during the middle of the coming week.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 24 February
Winds
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Winds reaching up to 20 knots inshore during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Tuesday 25 February
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.


Well, Warriewood’s whiffy……

Posted on February 22nd, 2020 in Surf Reports.

Message from Sydney Water this morning:

“Partially treated discharge at Warriewood at 11:10 22-02-2020”

Enter at own risk.

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Santa Barbara scenes

Posted on February 22nd, 2020 in Postcards.

Hello Friends,
I’m fetched up on the shores of California once more. And is it ever tiny. Most places are so microscopic that they could not possibly be surfed. And where there are waves, for the most part it’s in the ankle to knee high range. But, as can happen at this time of year, there are very occasional one or two wave long period sets, and such were turning up every now and then at local Santa Barbara west swell magnet Sands beach which is just west of Isla Vista, the bedroom community adjacent to the University of California at Santa Barbara campus.
Figuring there were no waves, I hopped on my pushie for a 25km loop that would give me a chance to see the beaches. The first picture I took was at the eastern end of Isla Vista beach, looking west. A tiny but very long west line was coming in, so I thought there might possibly be something out at Sands (which is on the other side of that treelined point in the distance.

Tiny west line showing at Isla Vista beach, (with Deveraux point in the distance).

I continued west through the student-crowded streets of Isla Vista to the bike trail running out to Deveraux point and Sands. There were some people out messing around with longboards at Deveraux, but it was ankle to calf high at best.

Deveraux point long boarders

When I went around Deveraux to look at Sands, it looked to be just as flat. Plus there were only half a dozen people along the whole beach (usual minimum crowd is 2-3x that). But as I watched, a waist high set wave came in to have its picture taken. Amazing.

Wave of the day? Sands beach set appears


Saturday Surf Report

Posted on February 22nd, 2020 in At large.
Small windblown onshore waves around 1 metre or so, with weed and who knows what still hanging around in the water at some beaches after the stormy weather earlier in the week.
Been raining steadily most of the night…Grey skies. Visibility is not great at times…very misty, but clearing.
On Friday I heard some people – mostly younger ones – say they had a fun time in similar surf … keen for exercise I guess.
Beachwatch Friday was reporting that pollution was unlikely,
at most Sydney beaches except near some of the lagoon entrances etc
But given the major flush out that rivers like the Hawkesbury,  coastal lagoons, and drains have had, and with lots of weed still in the water and possible debris, I would suggest the eyeball test is best for those with health concerns – ie have a look at it.
There are piles of driftwood (for collectors) and full size logs (for landscape gardeners) on some beaches, and there might still be some floating around in the water.  At least the color of the water isn’t the chocolate brown it was earlier in the week, mainly from river runout.
I heard yesterday of a fridge washed up on the beach at North Palm beach, and our local online community newspaper Pittwateronlinenews  http://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/community-news.php reported
” A dead Goat on Long Reef Beach, two cows on Patonga Beach with bite marks and a dead Bull Shark on Station Beach suggests that everything up the river has flushed out to Pittwater and Broken Bay.”
For the super keen…
The swell offshore is around 2 metres from dead South so not a lot of that is getting on to beaches, with choppy bumpy surf somewhere in the 1-2 metre range at the moment.  And the wind today is forecast to turn Easterly onshore, and the wave size will go down through the day.
Water temp is around 23.
Wave quality is ordinary.
Conditions are ordinary.
Water quality is sus.
Outlook is for small surf and onshore winds to continue through the week ahead… see TG’s forecast below..

Still some swell but a bit wonky……..

Posted on February 21st, 2020 in Surf Reports.

Shoulder to head high south swell waves still pushing in to the northern beaches but its a bit wonky. Finding a shoulder to slide on is a challenge. Water is a very nice temp though. Worth a paddle.

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Too much tide early for Newport…..

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The Goat’s Surf Forecast

Posted on February 20th, 2020 in Goat's Forecast.

The Goat’s Surf Forecast

Surf forecast issued Thursday 20 February 2020 (or 20022020 :): Seven day outlook for Sydney:

Nice day for the beach today… except for the messy surf… the relentless wind… the murky water… the masses of seaweed… the floating driftwood… and the cloudy/sunny/cloudy/sunny blue sky sequencing>> And yet, a strangely pleasantly mellow day to contemplate the whole coastal scene … perhaps to doze…

There will be waves.. and wind tomorrow, with the size decreasing over the weekend and thru the week. But with the topup the ocean has had from recent rains flowing out of the drains, rivers, creeks etc, I wouldn’t expect the other sea conditions to be improving in a hurry… maybe later in the week. At least it looks like it’ll be mostly nice weather for more contemplation.

Friday: somewhere around 2 metres or so at places open to dead South swell, with occasional sets

Saturday: somewhere in the 1-2 metre range dead South, going down through the day… occasional sets

Sunday: around 1 metre or so East South East

Monday: ditto East

Tuesday: 1ish metres East

Wednesday: 1ish metres North East, before a southerly change later

Thursday: up a little at dead South spots, somewhere in the 1-2 metre range

Stay well

TG

 

Up in the Air

Latest Colour Mean Sea-Level Pressure Analysis and Infrared Greyscale Satellite

Winds

https://www.windy.com/-33.855/151.216?-34.373,151.216,8

Down in the Sea

Water temp, if you’re really keen to know, is around 23.

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Tides

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/usingwaterways/tides-weather/tide-tables-2019-2020.pdf

Weather from the Bureau

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

Summary
Max 24
Partly cloudy.
Chance of any rain: 20% 

Sydney area

A mix of sun and cloud. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the coast. Winds southwest to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h, reaching 20 to 30 km/h near the coast.

Fire Danger – Low-Moderate

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Partly cloudy. Sydney 24
Partly cloudy. Penrith 27
Partly cloudy. Liverpool 26
Partly cloudy. Terrey Hills 23
Partly cloudy. Richmond 27
Partly cloudy. Parramatta 25
Partly cloudy. Campbelltown 25
Partly cloudy. Bondi 22

Friday 21 February

Summary
Min 18
Max 25
Possible shower.
Possible rainfall: 0 to 1 mm
Chance of any rain: 40% 

Sydney area

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the evening. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening.

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 9 [Very High]

Saturday 22 February

Summary
Min 18
Max 25
Shower or two.
Possible rainfall: 1 to 4 mm
Chance of any rain: 60% 

Sydney area

Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening.

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]

Sunday 23 February

Summary
Min 19
Max 26
Shower or two.
Possible rainfall: 0 to 2 mm
Chance of any rain: 50% 

Sydney area

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then becoming light during the evening.

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]

Monday 24 February

Summary
Min 18
Max 27
Mostly sunny.
Chance of any rain: 10% 

Sydney area

Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

Tuesday 25 February

Summary
Min 19
Max 29
Sunny.
Chance of any rain: 20% 

Sydney area

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.

Wednesday 26 February

Summary
Min 21
Max 33
Possible shower.
Possible rainfall: 0 to 1 mm
Chance of any rain: 40% 

Sydney area

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely later in the day. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h later.


Solid, south, straightish…….

Posted on February 20th, 2020 in Surf Reports.

Swell has come up again from the south overnight. Open beaches are shutting down but there are likely good waves in southern corners. Not the classic conditions of yesterday but worth having a hunt for a wave.

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