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Glassy early

Posted on September 25th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

At 0700 the weather radar was showing showers just off the coast when I took the pictures this morning. Down at the beach it was looking smooth and glassy with the occasional waist plus wave face just north of the club. There was one person at the point chasing soft and weak looking knee plus sets. A couple of hours earlier the MHL buoy was seeing 2 metres of 10-sec SSE (158°) swell. Tide hits a moderate 1.5 m high at 0815 and will be low again at 1415. Ocean temperature is around 18C.

The Bureau tells us to expect the wind to go east but only to get into the 10 kt range. Swell should stick around for the next three days and the models continue to predict a long period (15-17 sec) pulse on Thursday.

Have a top old Tuesday everyone!

Just into the surfable range at 0700

 

Sets at the point and Kiddies 0700

 

Nobody on this section near No Mans

 

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system near Tasmania is extending a ridge along the New South Wales coast, bringing east to southeast winds. Winds will shift east to northeasterly in most areas tonight and Wednesday as the high moves to the Tasman Sea and weakens. Northerly winds are expected to increase on Thursday ahead of the next front, which is forecast to bring a change to the south coast on Friday, before continuing to the north on Saturday.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
East to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Wednesday 26 September

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then becoming east to northeasterly about 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Thursday 27 September

Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Misty Monday Morning

Posted on September 24th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Definitely a little more activity wavewise at Dee Why, but misting grey skies and somewhat chilly temps were combining to keep the punters to a minimum as of 0745. Wind was 10-15 kts down at North Head and tide was just reaching the 1.45 m high when I grabbed the snaps at 0745. The MHL buoy was seeing 2.7 m from the usual southerly direction (160-164°) but the period was only 7 seconds as of 0600 – meanwhile down the coast at Eden it’s gone up to 12 seconds. So, coming our way I’d guess.

According to various models, the longer period south stuff should stick around through midweek before ramping up into the 16 second range around Thursday. Wind velocities for the morning sessions should also be dropping back a bit over the next 3 days – which ought to help.

So not too flash for today, but a bit more hopeful for the following three to four days.

Have a great Monday everyone!

You might be able to surf that… 0745

 

Faint line up the beach

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure south of the Bight is extending a ridge along the New South Wales Coast, thereby maintaining fresh southerly winds in the wake of a southerly change. Winds will gradually ease today and then shift east to northeasterly on Tuesday as the high moves drifts to the Tasman Sea and weakens. North to northeasterly winds are expected to increase mid week ahead of the next front, which is forecast to bring a southerly change to the south coast on Thursday.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots early in the morning. Winds tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy.

Tuesday 25 September

Winds
Southeasterly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening then tending northerly in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Wednesday 26 September

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then tending northeasterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Sunday not showing much in the morning

Posted on September 23rd, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Hazy, mild and breezy (SW 10-12kts) morning under a bright but mostly cloudy sky for Sunday. There seemed to be a small line at the point, but as of 0740 there didn’t appear to be anyone in the water there or along the beach to No Mans. The MHL Sydney buoy hasn’t reported in since early yesterday morning. In fact the nearest active unit is down at Batemans Bay where it was detecting 1.5 metres of 11.8 second SSE (156°) swell.  Tide was high at 0710 and will be back to low at 1300.

Wind is set to swing to the south and pick up across the day to be 20-30 kts by evening. Swell should come up with it, but I’m not too hopeful that the surf options will improve.

The southerly should blow all night and still be at it tomorrow morning when the Bureau says we can expect a mix of southerly and easterly swell. There might possibly be a few south options for the dawn patrol, but overall things aren’t looking exceptionally flash for Mon-Tues.

Wednesday and Thursday mornings look more hopeful at this stage. The models are still showing a long period influx on Thursday so we could see some solid sets but with long lulls.

We shall see…

Have a top old Sunday and keep on smilin’!

 

Little line at the point

Quiet up the beach at 0740

Weather Situation

A southerly change associated with a Southern Ocean cold front moved up the south coast of New South Wales last night and will move northwards up the north coast today. A strong high pressure system over the Bight is expected to rapidly push a ridge along the New South Wales coast in the wake of the change, thereby strengthening southerly winds along the southern and central coasts this afternoon and evening. Southerly winds are forecast to ease during Monday and then shift east to northeasterly on Tuesday as the high moves from the Bight to the Tasman Sea and weakens.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots, increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers this evening.

Monday 24 September

Winds
Southerly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots before dawn then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tuesday 25 September

Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Clean and tiny Saturday

Posted on September 22nd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Another beautiful morning along the beaches. Skies are clear, winds were light and offshore at 0630 and there is a tiny south wind swell delivering the odd waist high wave face at magnet spots. Water’s around the 18C mark,. Tide was high at 0635, which probably didn’t help much, but as the pictures show, with the right equipment at the right spot, you could get one – just don’t expect to rack up a big wave count.

Wind is set to go around to the NE at 15-20 kts later this morning, so getting in early is the plan.

The MHL buoy was showing 0.9 m from the south (160-164°) at 8 seconds apart as of 0500. It should stay at those settings today. Tomorrow Huey swings the wind to the south and dials in a 60% chance of shower. As the wind ramps, the swell will follow. Some models are predicting a noticeable bump in the afternoon, but others are not so hopeful. The consensus seems to be that Sunday-Tuesday will be dominated by south wind and 1.5-2m of 8-10 sec straight south swell.

Happily, prospects for Weds-Fri are interesting. If the predictions are right, we’re looking at around 1.5 metres of longish period (13-17 sec) south swell. Wind could be offshore in the mornings too.

Here’s hoping!

Have a top old Saturday one and all.

In a quiet corner of the lagoon

 

No Mans

 

SUPs the go in the soft high tide conditions

 

Putting their backs into it off Collaroy

 

Waiting for something catchable

 

Behind you!

 

A few folk in the water at Northy 0630

Weather Situation

A high pressure system drifting slowly across southeast Australia is expected to be over the Tasman Sea today. This should result in a gradual return to northerly winds in most coastal areas, before the next cold front and southerly change on Sunday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Sunday 23 September

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 20 to 25 knots during the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the evening.

Monday 24 September

Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Another barely there surf day

Posted on September 21st, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Not much of anything to be seen at Dee Why this beautiful morning. Couldn’t see anyone in the water, nor any reason for them to be there for that matter. Swell was sitting on 1.2 m at 9 seconds from the south (162-164°). Tide was high at 0555 and is now dropping to a 0.6 m low at 1135. According to Beachwatch, the water temp is up to 18C.

Outlook is for conditions to remain tiny through the weekend, but next week’s outlook has improved on some models this morning. From around Monday – if they’re right – we could start to see some improvement at south spots. The problem is that the wind could be southerly into Tuesday. Right now Thursday is shaping to be the tip for south spots.

Have a great Friday everybody!

No sign of surf at Dee Why

 

Tiny lines hint at possibilities

0530 WRL cam

Weather Situation

A high pressure system will drift slowly across southeast Australia today, and is expected to be over the Tasman Sea by the weekend. This should result in a gradual return to northerly winds in most coastal areas, before the next cold front and southerly change on Sunday.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Saturday 22 September

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Sunday 23 September

Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 20 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the evening.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Surf report from Kijkduin Den Haag

Posted on September 20th, 2018 in At large.
7pm howling sideshore whipping up small waves and they’re off to the beach!

Rain to start the day

Posted on September 20th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Light but steady rain this morning along with light westerly wind. There was a little wave activity, but it looked weak and disorganised at Dee Why. The MHL data from 0600 showed 2.3 metres of 9-sec swell from the south (160-162°).

The radar was still showing a fair amount of precipitation as of 0730 but it should fade by this afternoon. By then the wind should be around to the south at 15-20 kts. So not the most attractive day for a surf.

Nothing much of interest in the near-term forecast. Several of the models are showing some long period but very small SSE bump for early Saturday. Beyond that there seems to be some hope of an improvement, particularly when we get to mid next week – according to several models. At the more optimistic end of the predictions they’re talking chest to head plus at south magnets thanks to some very long period swell around Weds-Thrs.

Here’s hoping…

Have a top old day everyone!

Not much showing at 0720

 

Messy and weak looking at No Mans

 

Weather Situation

A cold front, which brought a southerly change to southern and central parts of the New South Wales coast earlier today, is continuing along the northern coast tonight, and will reach the Queensland border Thursday morning. Behind this, a high pressure system is expected to drift slowly across from the west during the next day or two, to be over the Tasman Sea by the weekend. This should result in a gradual return to northerly winds in most coastal areas on Friday and Saturday, before the next cold front and southerly change on Sunday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers during the morning and afternoon.

Friday 21 September

Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Saturday 22 September

Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Little wind swell bumps

Posted on September 19th, 2018 in At large, Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Back from my adventures talking to pollies in Canberra about climate bipartisanship (hey, one can dream). Surf situation has not improved in my absence. Stopped by Collaroy for a look and then wandered past Long Reef before heading back to the RealSurf wheelhouse to check in. As the pictures show, there are only soft little windswell bumps coming in from the NE. Collaroy had no takers, although I think if you were really keen, you could have a splash with a bodyboard maybe. Definitely more activity around the corner at Longy where a dozen or so folks were picking up very soft and slow waist high bumps just north of the lugga. There were a few more down at Kiddies, but they didn’t seem to be finding much.

To put some numbers on the situation, as of 0600, the MHL buoy was seeing about 7-sec, 2 metre bump from 60° (NE). As of 0720, North Head was detecting 5-7 kts from the north. Tide was dropping to the 0.7 low at 0940. By the time the it’s back to the 1.4 m high at 1620, the southerly could be with us.

Tomorrow’s shaping to be southerly and – unlike today – cloudy. Swell could come up a little, but the models show periods in the windswell range, so I’m not expecting much of interest in spots out of the wind. That said, the Bureau predicts a mix of swell, including some bump out of the NE. We could have more favourable winds for Friday morning, but the swell settings are not encouraging. I’m hoping for some mal-able bumps.

Have a top old Wednesday!

Very quiet at Kiddies this morning

Moseying along on a soft one at Longy 0800

Crew enjoying the slo-mo conditions at Longy

Bomb set wall at Longy 0800

Not too exciting looking north from Collaroy

Fluffy little windswell bump at Collaroy 0750

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is slowly moving east as a cold front approaches the coast from the west. Fresh to strong northerly winds will continue over the New South Wales coast ahead of the front. A southerly change is forecast with the passage of the front today up to the Mid North Coast and early Thursday in the far north. Winds will then gradually shift northerly on Friday or Saturday ahead of the next front.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting southerly in the late afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the afternoon, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Thursday 20 September

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 70% chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon.

Friday 21 September

Winds
South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting north to northeasterly below 10 knots during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Far from a flat sea

Posted on September 17th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Your correspondent has fetched up in our nation’s capital to join in some Citizen lobbying, so I’m utterly reliant on remote sensing data for news of the beach today in Sydney. Looking at the WRL pic from earlier this morning, it’s obvious there’s nothing going on at east to NE spots. And the North Bondi RSL cam shows nothing coming from the south.

The MHL buoy is showing 1.8 metres of 160 degree swell at 11 seconds… so, maybe it’s not hooking into nth Bondi and going past south Narra altogether… and there are in fact waist high waves at south magnets… could be…

Wind is now SE 5-7 kts, but the Bureau’s call (see below) is for it to be NE this afternoon.

Outlook is for not much to happen on the surf front for the rest of the week. That’s in line with modelling over the last few days, so I’m thinking ankle to knee high with the odd bomb in the waist high range at magnets in the next 48 hours, fading to less than that as we get up to the weekend. Of course I hope to be proven spectacularly wrong as I’m really keen to get wet again soon!

Go well with your Monday!

 

WRL cam view from 0930 Monday morning – lookin’ micro

North Bondi view uninspiring

Weather Situation

A high pressure system is moving across New South Wales. South to southwesterly winds are expected to tend more northerly today and Tuesday as the high moves overhead and out over the Tasman Sea. The next cold front is expected to bring a southerly change to New South Wales waters on Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
South to southwesterly about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 25 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Tuesday 18 September

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Wednesday 19 September

Winds
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon and increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

How keen are ya

Posted on September 15th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends

Down in Canberra this morning but I can see that the 1.5 metres of 6-8 sec north-NE wind swell is producing knee to waist plus at magnets. Water’s a chilly 16C and the light early morning north breeze is going to ramp up into the 15-25 kt range as the day warms. Late this evening the wind should be still going as hard, but it’ll be SW.

Tide’s currently running into the lunchtime high.

Outlook is for some south energy tomorrow but with strong SW wind. With luck the swell energy (I’m hoping on your behalf for shoulder plus sets) will stick around into Monday morning. Looks like we have a midweek fade to near flat, but with a slight hope for an uptick on Thursday-Friday…

Have a great day!

WRL’s 0630 pic shows the short period swell pushing in


 

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