Posts in Dee Why

Sunday crowd for the waves

Posted on March 25th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

2.7 metres at 15 seconds apart from the SE was delivering shoulder plus wave faces for the Sunday crowds along the south end of Dee Why beach. Wind was coming lightly from the north
There looked to be around 30 people in the water at the south end by 0800 but up the beach there were not too many. Council left the beaches open yesterday and as of this writing they’re still all open. Swell is predicted to weaken later in the day (when the wind will be into it). Probably a good idea to check Northern Beaches Council advice on closures here before you take off for a surf.
Wind is set to swing south as the day goes along and despite the nice weather early, there’s an 80% chance of a shower later. Ocean is 22C and water’s clean everywhere according to Beachwatch.

From the look of the models we’re in for a stretch of small, short period waves over the coming week.

(Just a reminder that your self-isolated webmaster plans to test changes to the page design so the look of the site may temporarily switch to the new design as I make adjustments.)

Stay safe, keep your distance, wash your hands regularly (especially when you come into your home from outside), sneeze into your elbow, stop touching your face, clean frequently touched surfaces.

Latest info from the NSW Government here.

Waves in the corner 0800

Lines near No Mans

Lots of folks going for a surf this morning

In response to new measures introduced by the State Government that limit the number of people on any beach to 500, some beaches and harbour pools are closed until further notice. This is to encourage appropriate social distancing (1.5m between people) and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please contact councils for local beach conditions.

Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure is extending along northern parts of the coast. A trough over inland New South Wales is forecast to shift east over the coming days, bringing a southerly change to southern and central waters on today, and continuing through to the north on Thursday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 25 knots inshore in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.

Thursday 26 March

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Southerly 20 to 25 knots tending southeasterly in the middle of the day then increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Friday 27 March

Winds
Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Seas
2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers

Smooth little bumps for the unconfined

Posted on March 24th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Day 9 of recent arrival self-isolation for your correspondent. Thanks to the high tide at 0920, conditions were lumpy and fat. But there were waves in the waist high range. Wind was light NW early, so surface conditions were glassy. Out at sea the swell was 1.9 metres at 15 seconds from 155° (SSE).
It’s misting right now at RealSurf HQ, so I’ll have to post a pic from the crows nest when it lifts.
A head’s up re the site. I’m playing around with a new, faster-loading look, so I’ll be testing on the live site from time to time.
Stay safe, wash those hands, cough into those elbows, stop touching your faces, maintain distance and prepare to be on lockdown because it’s more likely than not headed our way.
Weather Situation
A ridge of high pressure is extending along the coast in the wake of a cold front. Mid-week a trough over inland New South Wales is forecast to shift east, bringing a southerly change to southern and central waters on Wednesday, and continuing through to the north on Thursday.

Lion Island on a cloudy morning

Waves at the point and along the beach at 0900

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly early in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy.
Wednesday 25 March
Winds
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending northwesterly in the morning, then shifting south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
Thursday 26 March
Winds
Southerly 20 to 25 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning then turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.


Posted on March 23rd, 2020 in Dee Why.

Alert
In response to new measures introduced by the State Government that limit the number of people on any beach to 500, some beaches and harbour pools are closed until further notice. This is to encourage appropriate social distancing (1.5m between people) and to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Northern Beaches Council COVID-19 pages.

Hello Friends,

8th day of your correspondent’s self-isolation. Grey and southerly this morning but there are waves in the corner at Dee Why. Size looks to be in the waist to chest high range and surface conditions are scrappy but not bad. Wind was SSE at 13-22 kts as I tapped this out. Out at sea swell is dead south and 3 metres at about 8 seconds apart. First tide of the day is a high at 0845.

Conditions are likely to get junkier as the morning goes along thanks to the wind swinging more SE.

Take care of yourselves everybody. Minimise trips outside home, wash your hands with soap and water frequently, clean high touch surfaces regularly, cough into your elbow, don’t touch your face and maintain distance from others.

Couple of bods in the water at the point 0800

Waves along the beach

Weather Situation
A southerly change that crossed the southern and central parts of the coast yesterday is heading north and will reach the Queensland border late this morning. Following this, a ridge of high pressure is forecast to extend along the coast through the first half of the week, with cold fronts passing well to the south. Mid-week a trough over inland New South Wales is expected to shift east, bringing a southerly change to coastal waters.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots from midday.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Tuesday 24 March
Winds
Southeasterly about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 25 March
Winds
North to northeasterly about 10 knots tending southerly 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.


Beautiful Sunday morning at Dee Why

Posted on March 22nd, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

14 seconds, 1.7 metres, 166° – adding up to glassy waist to chest high fun ones for Dee Why surfers. People looked to be maintaining distance (easy when surfing), which is a good thing. Wind was light and tide was just past the 0810 high so conditions were coming together nicely.
Going to a high of 28C today along the coast and wind should be southerly by this afternoon. Beachwatch says water’s 22C and good for swimming at all of Sydney’s beaches.
Have a good one and stay away from crowds, wash your hands, cough/sneeze into the crook of your arm, don’t touch your face and always maintain at least 1.5m distance from others.

Fun looking peak at 0900

Maintaining distance?

The odd rideable one rounds the point

Weather Situation
A cold front clipping the far southeast of New South Wales will bring another surge of southerly winds to southern and central parts of the coast today, extending north on Monday. Then a ridge of high pressure is forecast to extend along the coast through the first half of the new week, with cold fronts passing well to the south.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Winds
Northwesterly about 10 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore by early evening.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 23 March
Winds
South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Tuesday 24 March
Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Weak, small but sort of surfable

Posted on March 21st, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Breeze was light as of 0700 and waves were in the knee to waist high range thanks to the 1.7 metre, 7 second south wind bump. First tide of the daylight hours is the high at 0730. Water is around 21C and quality should not be a problem.

Wind was out of the WSW early but should wander around to the south for the middle part of the day.

Outlook is for surf conditions to generally bumble along at the current intensity across the coming week. Today could see a slight uptick in size this afternoon, but my hunch is that the dropping tide will keep it slow until pretty late in the day.

As for the rest of the week, may I refer you to the very excellent Goat!

Bomb set at Dee Why

Up the beach, a few little bumps

Weather Situation
A southerly change associated with a cold front will continue through northern coastal waters today, with a second surge of southerly winds expected for coastal waters during Sunday and Monday as another cold front clips the far southeast of the state. By the start of the new week, a new ridge of high pressure is forecast to extend along the coast, with cold fronts slipping well south.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning and tending easterly by evening.
Seas
1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 22 March
Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 23 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to about 1 metre during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy.


Burst of heat coming

Posted on March 20th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Looks like a few little waves still happening this morning at Dee Why. It’s dropped overnight and the latest data from offshore is showing 1.2 metres from the ESE at 10 seconds apart. Wind will ramp up from the NW and be 25-35 kts by the middle of the day as we head to a high of 35C. A south change will roll through this evening. Water is on 21C.

Get wet and have fun if you can.

Plausible peak

A few waiting out at the point as of 0800

Lines at the beach


Swell jumped today

Posted on March 19th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

For one reason or another it wasn’t until I was catching up with the Goat earlier today that I learned the swell had popped up significantly over this morning. So, climbed up to the crowsnest and grabbed a few shots to share…
Conditions looked pretty setty when I watched and the north wind was chopping up the surface too.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is maintaining a ridge along the New South Wales coast and directing northerly airstream while slowly moving east. A cold front is forecast to bring a vigorous southerly change to southern coastal waters on Friday, and will continue through to the northern waters on Saturday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Clear.
Friday 20 March
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Sunny.
Saturday 21 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 22 March
Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 15 to 20 knots during the late afternoon or evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Another beautiful morning

Posted on March 19th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Again we have light wind and some waves along the beach and at the point. Latest data from offshore was showing 1.3 metres of 12-13 sec energy from the east. Wind was around 8 kts from the NNW. Tide was dropping to the low at 1245. Ocean temp is on 22C according to Beachwatch and they are reporting good water quality at all beaches.
As for the outlook, well, today should hang in there at the current settings where swell’s concerned. Wind is set to pick up from the north as the day warms up to 29C along the coast.
Go well with your day and wash those hands, maintain distance, don’t touch yer face, cough and sneeze into your elbow!

Little peak up the beach

A few folks in the water at the point, but smaller than yesterday

Sydney Coastal Waters Forecast: Broken Bay to Port Hacking
View the current warnings for New South Wales

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Thursday 19 March 2020.

Weather Situation
Winds will tend northerly today as a high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea gradually moves east, maintaining a ridge along the New South Wales coast. On Friday a cold front is forecast to bring a vigorous southerly change to southern waters, which is expected to weaken as it continues through to the northern waters on Saturday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots in the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny.
Friday 20 March
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.
Saturday 21 March
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Waves on tap for those able

Posted on March 17th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Hope you’e well this morning. Keep washing those hands, coughing into your sleeves, maintaining space, avoiding crowds (second nature for surfers!) and don’t touch your face. As a 67 year old geezer, I thank you.
On the surf front there’s good news for those of you who aren’t rattling around at home on isolation like your webmaster. Wind early was a light offshore and swell is 1.9 metres at 9 seconds apart from the ESE, so Dee Why beach is shoulder high on sets. It’s looking peaky too, so lots of options I’d say. The point is a bit smaller and less consistent, but it’s producing as well.
Tide is dropping to the low at 1030. It’ll be back to high at 1630. Water is 22C and generally suss because of the rain from Northy to the Bower.

Outllook is for surf intensity to stick around at about what it is now through today and then to maybe intensify as we get more energy from the east for a couple of days.

Be good!

Set at the point 0800

Left opening up for lucky rider

Peaky stuff at the beach

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast generating south to southeasterly winds. Winds are expected to tend more northerly during Wednesday and Thursday as the high slowly moves further east. The next cold front is expected to bring a southerly change during Friday and Saturday.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending easterly around 10 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Southerly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 18 March
Winds
Variable below 10 knots becoming north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Thursday 19 March
Winds
Northerly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny.


Possibilities

Posted on March 16th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Well, I’m back in Sydney – three weeks earlier than originally planned. Got half way through the family visit in California but decided to pull the pin as it became increasingly obvious that Coranavirus was blowing up. I didn’t want to get caught in the USA with its problematic and absurdly expensive medical system. Plus it looked increasingly likely that travel restrictions could be an issue. And sure enough the new 14-day self-isolation order came in the day we got back. So, your correspondent will be following instructions.
I haven’t worked out if I can go for a surf as long as I maintain social distance. But if it is allowed, I’d probably stay home anyway. There are waves but the SE wind will be knocking it about soon. It looks to be around the waist to chest range and out at sea was 2.2 metres at 7 seconds from the SE. So, yeah, you could get wet, but it’s far from spectacularly good.

Haven’t had a good look at the next few days’ surf prospects, but a quick glance suggests it’ll be another day or so before the wind gets around to the north for a bit and the easterly swell intensifies a bit.

Keep washing your hands, don’t touch your face, cough and sneeze into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue, maintain 2 metre distance from others wherever possible, avoid crowds generally. And listen to actual, qualified experts.

Be safe!

Rider jags one around 0800

The point looked like a maybe, but no one was on it as of 0800

Weather Situation
A high pressure system west of Tasmania is extending a ridge along the coast, before gradually moving in the Tasman sea during Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile Tropical Cyclone Gretel has formed in the Coral Sea and is forecast to track southeast towards Norfolk Island today. This pattern will reinforcing south to southeasterly winds across the New South Wales coastal waters over the coming days.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Tuesday 17 March
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Wednesday 18 March
Winds
Northerly winds 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
1to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.