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Not fit for man nor beast

Posted on February 9th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Went down to the beach for a look just on high tide. Wind was roaring and the pelting rain soaked me in seconds, so I couldn’t get any decent pictures. You’d have to be barking mad to try surfing in these insane conditions.
As we approach midday, wind is still smashing along at 40-50 kts and the rain’s continuing. At 0900 the MHL buoy was logging swell height and sea heights of 6-10 metres (looked to be 3-4 metres when I took the pictures). Period was 11 seconds and the energy was coming from ESE around to ENE.
Tomorrow looks like being almost as crazy as today. If you don’t care about water pollution, it may be surfable by Tuesday. Weather looks showery for the rest of the week.
Stay safe and dry!

Roaring wind and rain with a high tide surge cutting the beaches back

Kids getting wind blasted

 

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system to the south of Tasmania extends a ridge into the Tasman Sea, while a trough lies along the New South Wales coast. This pattern will bring fresh and gusty onshore winds to most coastal waters today and Monday, becoming strong to gale force in some areas as the coastal trough deepens. Conditions are expected to gradually ease later Monday and Tuesday as the high and trough both weaken.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Easterly 30 to 40 knots.
Seas
4 metres.
Swell
Easterly 4 to 5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. Rain heavy at times.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Monday 10 February

Gale Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Easterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds tending northeasterly 20 to 30 knots before dawn then decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the morning.
Seas
2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Easterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 11 February

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Saturday surf report

Posted on January 25th, 2020 in At large.

Perfect day for the beach!  Might get a little shower but you’re going to get wet anyway.

BoM forecast is max around 25, light winds turning onshore..which is happening in Sydney around now.

Waves are in the 1-2 metre range, mostly around 1 or a bit more, and occasionally bigger from Eastish / East South East.

Wave quality in’t great but there’s enough movement in the water for keen people to have a bit of fun.

Water temp’s around 24.

Have a good one.


Back to your regular programme

Posted on January 22nd, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
Weirdly mild under cloudy skies in the Barossa this morning, but I can see you have light north breezes along the beaches as of 0900. Swell has faded back to a more usual for this time of year NE wind swell that’s about  seconds apart and 1.5 metres out at sea. Beachwatch says water is a boardshort friendly 23C and clean. So expect knee to maybe waist plus at the NE magnets. Tide’s dropping to low at 1410.

Have a good one, and will try to find a postcard for you later today…

Weather Situation

A weak low pressure trough lies on the northern New South Wales coast, while a feeble high over southeast Australia pushes a ridge to the east. The coastal trough is expected to decay today as a high becomes dominant over the Tasman Sea, with coastal winds shifting northerly and increasing. A cold front approaching from the west will bring a change to the southern half of the New South Wales coast during Thursday, before stalling and weakening around the Macquarie coast on Friday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.

Thursday 23 January

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots becoming northerly 15 to 25 knots in the morning then tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Friday 24 January

Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly in the morning then tending southeast to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots through the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tuesday in SA

Posted on January 21st, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Well, of course, there were waves for you fine people because I’m away from the beach. Hope you got amongst it.

Herewith a few postcards…

One of the many, many trucks of hay we saw driving toward Adelaide. This one was in, appropriately enough, Hay.

King of the Mountain

Peloton in Tununda

From two metres away… Barossa Valley

Chasing the breakaway


B1 dawn patrol report

Posted on January 21st, 2020 in At large.

Bilgola

Another 5 star summer morning!   Swell has wound back a notch but there are still plenty of great waves around.  And it will keep improving as the tide drops

Your reporter had some nice waves with a friendly crew at a northern  corner as the sun was rising.

(late because posted by Don!)


B1 report – go surfin’

Posted on January 20th, 2020 in At large.

Today is the day!     Waves everywhere as a nice 3-4’ swell pushes in.  Your correspondent had a fun surf at a north corner with a few others at first light.    Things are on the improve as the tide drops.   A day for surfing.

Grabbed this shot of Collaroy from the B1 bus  as we sped through.


Southerly Saturday

Posted on January 11th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Nup. Not happening for the early along the Northern Beaches. Wind was south at 15-30 kts with gusts to 45 kt from first light. Tide was coming into a swampy 1.94 metres at a little after 0900. Skies were gloomy and grey with a strong aroma of bushfire smoke. Exposed spots were pretty torn up by the wind and while slightly protected areas such as south Narrabeen or Kiddies at Dee Why were relatively clean, there isn’t much swell energy at all getting in. It was 3.4 metres and dead south at 8 seconds apart out at sea where the MHL buoy is, but wave faces were maybe half that height along the beaches and rather weak looking.

North Narrabeen not happening at 0630

Set at north Collaroy

The point relatively clean but micro

No Man’s to Kiddies too tiny for any takers at 0630

The Pole looking feeble and empty 0630

 
Weather Situation
A vigorous cold front brought a gusty southerly change to southern and central New South Wales waters overnight which is expected to reach the far northern coast late today, weakening as it moves further north. Following this, another high is expected to move from the Bight to the Tasman Sea on Sunday and Monday, bringing a gradual shift back to northeasterly winds during the first half of the new week. The next front looks set to arrive late in the new week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 25 to 35 knots, decreasing to 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
1st Swell
South to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a morning thunderstorm.
Sunday 12 January
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy.
Monday 13 January
Winds
Southeasterly about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy.


Dropping away to very marginal

Posted on January 8th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Visibility from RealSurf HQ was less than 500 metres at 0730 due to a mix of fog and bushfire smoke pollution, so not possible to get a picture.

Checking the cams, it looks like waves are in the ankle to knee high range along the beaches. The MHL buoy shows 1.6 metres at 5 seconds from the SE out at sea. So there’s not much energy in the system. High tide was at 0715, so that added to the weakness. Beachwatch says the water’s on 18C. Wind was south 10-15 kts at North Head as of 0800.

Outlook is for the next couple of days to be similarly weak and small. The models are currently showing the wind going around to the south quarters on the weekend and early next week it looks like we might possibly have a solid, long period south pulse… be interesting to see what the Goat thinks tomorrow.

Will add a pic or two once visibility improves – so check back later.

Have a good one!

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea will gradually move towards New Zealand over the coming days. Meanwhile, a trough extending from the northern inland is bringing southerly winds to southern and central waters. Winds will gradually turn north to northeasterly on Thursday and Friday ahead of an approaching cold front. This front is forecast to bring a vigorous southerly change along the New South Wales coast later Friday and during Saturday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, tending north to northeasterly offshore during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Thursday 9 January

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and early afternoon.

Friday 10 January

Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
South to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

 


Smooth little lines for Saturday morning fun

Posted on January 4th, 2020 in At large.

Hello Friends,
If you’re keen, there were little knee to maybe waist high glassy bumps at the best exposure. Wind will kick in as the day heats up to a high of 35C along the coast. Ocean temp has dropped back to 19C. Tide is dropping to the low at 0950. There’s a Poor air quality forecast from the already evident smoke haze.

We swing to southerly tomorrow, so while the surf should push up a little, the biggest stuff will be at most exposed spots because the period will be too short to refract much into corners.

Beyond that, there’s a prospect of more south wind and a possibility of some light precipitation across the front half of the work week.  Surfwise, it looks not too interesting. Basically more short period knee to waist high south wind bump and generally south wind…

Stay safe everyone, particularly those of you facing dangerous fire conditions.

south Narrabeen maybe for bodysurfing

Dee Why knee high and weak

Fat and slow at Longy 0630

 

Weather Situation

A high pressure system is strengthening over the Tasman sea and is directing north to northeasterly winds across the New South Wales coast. A trough associated with a cold front will bring a gusty southerly change to the southern half of the coast later today, which will stall about the north coast on Sunday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the afternoon and evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres in the late afternoon.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm with little or no rainfall inshore during this afternoon and early evening.

Sunday 5 January

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then tending southeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Monday 6 January

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly during the morning.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Barely there on Saturday morning

Posted on December 28th, 2019 in At large.

Hello Friends,

As of 0630 the surface conditions were bumpy and lightly textured along the beaches. There was a weak, close-together looking knee to maybe waist high little wind swell wafting in from E-SE. You could tell it was pretty uninteresting because there were only a handful of people in the water on a nice Saturday morning. The MHL buoy’s 0400 data showed 1.8 metres at 6 seconds from the ESE out at sea. Tide was coming in to the 1.8 m high at 1030. Wind was very light from the NNE under clear skies with good visibility.

The Bureau has a strong wind warning for N-NE wind at 20-25 kts this afternoon. So there might be a little more activity at selected spots on the other side of the low tide at 1715. But between now and then conditions are going to be less than enticing most places.

We’re heading to a high of 29C along the beaches and you can expect ocean temps to be in the 21C range.

The strong wind later today could possibly deliver slightly bigger wind swell bumps for tomorrow morning, but I’m not hopeful of a dramatic improvement over the low intensity stuff we’re seeing now.

It might improve a bit mid-week, so here’s hoping

Only two in the water at Long Reef 0620

Energy focus south Narrabeen but no punters

Northy producing soft but catchable bumps 0615

Solo surfer gets momentary section near the lagoon at DY

Sole hopeful at Dee Why 0620

Weather Situation
A near-stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is expected to remain the dominant feature in the region during the next few days. This will result in east to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast, briefly interrupted in the south by a weak southerly change on Sunday. A stronger southerly change is forecast to move though southern and central parts of the coast on Tuesday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
North to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Sunday 29 December
Winds
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots before dawn.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Monday 30 December
Winds
Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.