Strong southerly greeted your correspondent when he opened the hatch to RealSurf’s crows nest. Grey and hazy atmospheric conditions, lots of south wind and maybe waist high little south bumps showing at Dee Why beach. The MHL spectra for Sydney shows the main energy coming from the SSE at 11 seconds apart and around 1.5 metres average height. I’m calling it 2 out of 10 – desperates only.
Prospects aren’t too red hot either. Today’s going to be southerly, swinging east south east later. So, the swell should maybe push up a bit by midday, but it’ll be onshore pretty much every where. Sunday it’s set to be easterly early, going NE later, so I’m not overly hopeful about there being much for us in the morning as this afternoon’s uptick in swell energy fades.
Looking ahead, it seems we’re in for lots of wind from the southerly quarters over the week ahead. The models are showing something of a midweek pulse also from the south. So who knows, maybe there’s a hope of something semi surfable Weds morning…
In other news, I went along to Tim Bonython’s Australian Surf Movie Festival (future dates and venues here) last night. I think you could describe the theme as “heavy”. In the last year Tim’s been out to mysto far west SA spots, Shipsterns and, of course, Chopes. As always, the technical and artistic standards are very high and the surfing is gob smacking – particularly when you’re talking off the richter Chopes. That place really is completely bonkers.
Have yourself an excellent Saturday!
A trough of low pressure is bringing a southerly change to the New South Wales coast today. Behind this, a weak high pressure ridge will develop over the western Tasman Sea, bringing a return to northerly winds along the coast on Sunday. The next trough and southerly change are expected during Monday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coastal Waters
Southerly 20 to 30 knots becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Sunday 5 January
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coastal Waters
Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon, reaching 30 knots in the evening.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres by evening.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres before dawn, then decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
Monday 6 January
Northerly 15 to 25 knots ahead of a southerly change 20 to 25 knots, then tending southeasterly 15 to 25 knots during the late afternoon.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the evening.
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.