Sunday and still some lines coming in

Posted by: on May 19th, 2019

Hello Friends,

Another mild and sunny morning in Sydney. We heard a shower last night and there were a few clouds about as the day got started. We still have a metre and a bit of long period – and therefore very straight – 15-second period SSE swell coming in. At Dee Why I saw waist to chest high sets at the point and along the beach, but the latter continues to be 90% shutdowns.

Wind was lightly offshore early and our high tide was a 1.56 at 0830. The breeze should settle into a weak onshore later and swell seems likely to trundle along at more or less the current intensity for the next 24 hours. Looking at the rest of the week though, prospects are not too interesting. All the models are showing extremely tiny to flat conditions in our immediate future.

Water is clean and 22C (close to 2C above historical average).

(The day after our election and your correspondent is profoundly grateful to live in a democracy but I am very much among the millions feeling deflated by the business as usual results.  We’ve been warned by the IPCC that we must cut carbon pollution in half by 2030 to have even a hope of staying under 1.5C heating. We’re over 1C now. It’s an emergency already. The Great Barrier Reef is suffering catastrophic bleaching over vast areas, 1 million species are threatened with extinction as our global ecosystem reels under the relentless pressure of Homo sapiens, and still, my generation* – the baby boomers – mostly shrugs and turns away, content to leave it to the kids and grandkids to deal with as best they can.)

*Obviously there are many boomers working hard not to leave a worse world to their kids!

Waist plusses on sets at the point and along the breach at 0815

No Mans set

Set at the point

Weather Situation

A high pressure system near the New South Wales coast is expected to slowly drift over the Tasman Sea over the coming days. During the next couple of days northerly winds will increase over the southern waters ahead of a cold front that is forecast to cross to the south of the state on Monday.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Monday 20 May

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

Tuesday 21 May

Winds
Northwesterly about 10 knots tending northerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny.

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