Articles tagged with "SSW-1m-6s"

Waiting for Huey

Posted by: on August 6th, 2010

Hello Friends,

Another chilly start for Sydney this morning. According to the MHL data we have about a metre of SSW 6 second windswell. But as the pictures show, there was a small but well defined line making its way in at Dee Why. No one was in the water, save a lone kayaker, so we can perhaps take that as evidence of minimal surfing options.

While there doesn’t seem to be much showing on the other MHL buoys as Friday kicks off, the forecast model interpretations, or at least some of them, are still showing the swell picking up as the day goes along as it builds toward a peak sometime over the next 24 hours. If it plays out as expected there could be some fun sets on offer from about lunch time onward at south swell spots. But… the wind will be an issue, because the forecast has it picking up from the SW then swinging to the south later. So it could be one of those days when there’s just a little window of opprotunity for the best conditions.

The latest outlook is for us to have generally small but not flat south windswell conditions over the next 72 hours or so.

Have yourself a top day and keep on smilin!



TIDES: L @1000, H @1650
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Friday until midnight: Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the morning then tending southerly 15 to 20 knots by early evening.Sea: 1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 2 metres during the morning.Swell: Southerly 1.5 metres.
Saturday: Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly up to 10 knots during the afternoon.Sea: 1 to 1.5 metres decreasing to below 1 metre around midday.Swell: Southerly 1.5 metres.
Sunday: Wind: Southerly 5 to 10 knots becoming light during the morning.

Uh-oh, looks tiny

Posted by: on March 17th, 2009

Hello Friends,

At first light, Dee Why presented a picture of calm, of stillness, of placidity and of near flatness. A single figure could be seen lazily stroking just off the beach on his SUP as the first rays of 17 March 2009 arrived at the northern beaches.

Wind was light to begin with and the swell was about a metre at sea from the SSW. It’s only 6 seconds apart on average, so I’d be surprised if one could find much of anything to surf anywhere in NSW, given that the MHL data appears to be showing Sydney being about as ‘big’ as anywhere.

Here’s the Bureau’s call for the next four days:

Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Tuesday until midnight: Wind: SW 13/18 knots, turning SE 13/18 knots in the afternoon. Sea: about 1.5 metres. Swell: SE 1 to 1.5 metres.
Wednesday: Wind: N/NE 10/15 knots, increasing to 15/20 knots later. Sea: 1 to 2 metres. Swell: S 1.5 to 2 metres.
Thursday: Wind: NE 5/15 knots.

For what it’s worth, the models seem to be showing a south pulse of fairly modest proportions for tomorrow. Basically they agree with the Bureau: ie 1-1.5m sse swell, but they add the extra intelligence of a period forecast (around the 9 second mark).

At this stage it looks as though it will drop back a little on Thursday as the windswell swings more to the east. I reckon that means it’ll be around waist high at the biggest spots through about Saturday.

Go well with your day. I shall try to get back later with an update, particularly if I spot any south forerunners…

0700 and not looking surfable at all...

0700 and not looking surfable at all...

No luck this end

Posted by: on September 16th, 2008
0715: nothing happening at Dee Why this morning.

0715: nothing happening at Dee Why this morning.

Micro bomb set wave looks almost catchable for 0.5 sec at Northy around 0900.

Micro bomb set wave looks almost catchable for 0.5 sec at Northy around 0900.

Hello Friends,

What can you say? There’s no joy about having called it when calling it means it’s flat. So, I guess that makes this a lack of surf report.

Do you like wind? I can offer you a job lot of W-SW of 20-30 kts to start the day. It’s supposed to back off and then to swing around to 10-15 kts from the S-SE. At the same time, the Bureau says it expects the swell to start coming up and for it to be out of the south at 2.5 metres around the close of play. The forecast models agree, but at this stage, I can’t see any sign of the energy on the MHL combined plots chart. But you can bet I’ll be keeping an eye on it through the day.

The general trend for the next week according to the models is for any serious wave energy out in the Tasman to head away from us. SA around to Vic and the west coast of NZ should be coping a fair amount of activity over the same period.

If you live in any of those regions and have a digital camera, why not send a shot or two to so that those of us in the flatlands will have something to gnash our teeth about?

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s a still from my latest little surf vid – just click on the pic to jump to the video.

Dee Why point was pretty okay last Thursday morning...

Dee Why point was pretty okay last Thursday morning...

Go well!

Oh dear, looking small…

Posted by: on July 19th, 2008

Dee Why point looking pretty much perfectly flat

Hello Friends,

Well, as anticipated yesterday, the energy levels have dropped away to just about nothin’ overnight. Yesterday evening there were a few tiny little lines coming in at dusk when I went for a walk down near Long Reef. The biggest ones were struggling to get to waist high, so it wasn’t too amazing. However, I’d be very, very surprised if there was anything to surf there now. The MHL buoy is showing a metre of SSW windswell at an utterly gutless 6 seconds.

The Bureau’s call for the next couple days is for the wind to kick up as a strong low pushes into Bass Strait tomorrow. This is expected to cause strong to gale force winds over the southern and central waters. So, we can expect strong NW winds tomorrow, swinging WSW overnight into Monday. For today the wind will be WSW in the morning and then swing NW this afternoon.

So, it looks as though we’re going to have to put up with utter tininess through Monday in Sydney. However, things look quite a bit more interesting for Tuesday and Weds. The models are showing an intense low swinging across the Tasman early in the week. As it heads over to NZ, we could get some fun size swell at south-friendly spots. And it looks as though the wind shouldn’t be too bad either, particularly on Weds morning when the models are showing a combo of 10s 3 metre south swell with light SSW wind.

Have yourself a top old Saturday!