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Wednesday report

Posted on November 28th, 2018 in At large.

 

Thunderstorms, heavy rain, onshore wind… so

No

No

No

That’s all


Saturday surf report

Posted on November 24th, 2018 in At large.
The strong westerly winds that were blowing for the last couple of days basically flattened the surf yesterday, but it’s come up a bit today… But only at places open to the South.
The MHL buoy is showing 2.4 – 3.6 metres of dead South swell going up the coast… most of that size is heading straight past Sydney because of the swell direction
Surf is around the middle of the 1-2 metre range at dead South spots..with not much elsewhere.
Wind is W at around 30ks..not as bad as yesterday and the Bureau expects it to ease later and turn SE.
Water temp’s around 19.
The Bureau has a ‘large and powerful surf’ warning for tomorrow and Monday, but TG thinks that tomorrow the surf will be pretty similar to today and depend on what direction the beach faces as the swell will still be dead South.  Bigger Monday.
Have a good one.

Offshore but micro for Friday morning plus postcards

Posted on November 23rd, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Looking pretty small in Sydney this morning and as of 0630 the WNW wind was already into the 15-25 kt range. It’s gonna blow like this all day according to the Bureau. There’s just under a metre of 11-sec south swell out at sea, but I’m guessing it’ll be hard to find much of anything in the surfable range. Tide’s coming into a 1.74 m high around 0815 – so that’ll be working against you as well.
Should be a niceish day otherwise.

0530 and looking very tiny at sth Narrabeen – WRL cam

Meanwhile your correspondent is enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. The rellies are hard at work on feast prep as I write this. California has just had a little rain too, so the smoky skies have cleared away. I’m inland and remaining so into next week, but out at the beach the swell has perked. Went by Trestles on the train yesterday evening and grabbed a postcard for you. (Yep, the tracks run that close to the beach!)
I may or may not be able to post anything for the next 4-5 days – and then I’m headed home to dear old Sydney, whereupon normal service will resume.
Have a great Friday!

Trestles evening session from the train

Weather Situation
A low pressure system near Tasmania and southeastern Victoria is deepening in response to a cold front. This is generating storm force west to southwesterly winds along the far southern waters with vigorous westerly winds over remaining coastal areas today and tomorrow. On Saturday this low is forecast to weaken and slowly move east, resulting in winds shifting more southerly and easing.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Gale Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Westerly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore early in the morning and again in the late evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres offshore.
Swell
Southeasterly below 1 metre, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Sunny.
Saturday 24 November
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Winds
West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and early afternoon. Winds turning southerly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 25 November
Winds
West to southwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending south to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the day.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Marginal Monday in Sydney and a postcard or two from Cali

Posted on November 19th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Light wind early and according to the Bureau it will only come up a touch in the middle of the day. As of 0600 there was a combo of 1.6 metre 10-sec SSE and some smaller NNE swell getting in. Looked to be in the waist-ish range. Next tide’s a low at 1125 and weather outlook is for a mild 23C and partly cloudy. According to Beachwatch the water temp has dropped slightly to 19C.

Today’s surf prospects look better than tomorrow’s for Sydney, but Wednesday could see some improvement for north corners.

Here in California the little NW pulse has faded to tiny again for my region. Santa Barbara is pretty much flat, but there are long boardable things in Ventura and way up north in Santa Cruz they’re seeing lumpy shoulder to head high.

Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz. Small crew for a Sunday SURFLINE pic

Leadbetter point, Santa Barbara – ankle high on sets SUFLINE pic

Ventura Fairgrounds looking fun for longboards and not insanely crowded for a Sunday. SURFLINE pic

Have yourself a top old Monday!

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast. East to southeasterly winds will gradually tend north to northeasterly and freshen over the next day or two as the ridge moves offshore and the next cold front approaches. This front is forecast to bring a southerly change to southern waters on Wednesday. Another front and is expected to cross southern and central parts of the coast during Thursday as a low forms over the southwestern Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
East to northeasterly below 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Tuesday 20 November

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
South to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Wednesday 21 November

Winds
North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Saturday surf report

Posted on November 17th, 2018 in At large.

There are waves around ..bit choppy and of variable quality.  MHL buoy is showing 1.2 – 1.9 metres from SSE.  Tide is going out with Low at 10.40 am.

Conditions aren’t great with a light Southerly blowing and expected to freshen later. There are a lot of people are out getting wet already.  I suspect many are kids letting off stem after the HSC.

Water temp is around 20.


Down in a little in Sydney – Up a little in Cali

Posted on November 17th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

At 0700 wind was still lightly from the SW, but the forecast has it going around to the SE by midday. The MHL buoy was showing 1.2 metres at 8 seconds from 155 degrees (SE) and the WRL snap from first light showed it was probably in the knee to waist-ish range on sets at more exposed locations. Tide is dropping to a low at about 1020. By the time it’s back to the 1.48m high at 1630, the wind should be chewing things up. Water’s around 20C.
Waves have come up a touch today in SoCal, so I might go for a surf hunt this afternoon. Hoping the swell direction is favourable to Santa Barbara (don’t want to drive an hour south to the crowded, sideshore conditions in Ventura).
Have a great Saturday!

More of a line for a growing C-street crowd late morning

WRL cam 0530 pic

Weather Situation
A trough of low pressure over northern parts of the coast will move slowly north today as a high pressure system in the Bight moves east and strengthens a ridge along the New South Wales coast. Freshening south to southeasterly winds are expected to extend along the Waters during this afternoon and evening. The high centre moves into the Tasman Sea on Monday with winds tending east to northeasterly. Winds freshen and tend north to northeasterly Tuesday ahead of the next change expected along southern parts of the coast during Wednesday.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from late this morning until early evening.
Sunday 18 November
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
South to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Monday 19 November
Winds
East to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.


Combo swell possibilities and postcards from Calli

Posted on November 16th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,
As of 0720 wind was SSW about 5kts in Sydney and the MHL buoy was seeing a combo of stuff from 30 degrees and 162-168 degrees for a total of 2 metres at 8 seconds. Should be some waist plus stuff at magnet spots I’d say. Definitely worth a quick look around just in case the Goat’s been a little too gloomy…
Santa Barbara’s still languishing in the ankle high range, but down south at Trestles it looks textured but fun – lucky pups.
I’m pinning my faint hopes on a little pulse tomorrow… but we’ll see…
Have a great Friday everyone!

Leadbetter point ankle high in Santa Barbara

Fun size at Lower Trestles

0530 WRL cam pic of sth Narra – could be worth a look around

Ventura a bit bigger than Santa Barbara, but sideshore


Should be something in Sydney plus postcards from Cali

Posted on November 14th, 2018 in At large.

Hello Friends,

Beaches with NE exposure should be picking up a little something this morning. The MHL buoy was showing a couple of metres of 8-sec windswell from 134-136 degrees, plus some chop from the north. Wind at 0645 was 5 kts from the NNE. The WRL cam showed a fair amount of texture on the surface and the forecast is calling for 15-20kts North wind later – with swell heights bumping up too. Water is on the 20C mark. Next tide is a 1.57m high around 1240. Weather is set to be cloudy (showers early, thunderstorm possiblle later) and going to a high of 24.
From the shape of the forecasts, it looks as though this morning could be about as good as it gets over the rest of the week. General trend is for short period and small windswell – with increasing winds.

The fires continue to produce smoky skies in Santa Barbara. Only swell is a south which gets blocked in the Santa Barbara area by the Channel Islands (yep, where Al Merrick got the brand name). It looks as though the further south you go, the better the waves. Cardiff (near San Diego) was looking super fun – offshore and chest plus on the peeling sets. Unfortunately for me, it’s 5 hours of heavy traffic away, so oh well.

Have yourself a top old Wednesday everyone!

Smoky skies at Huntington Beach – and infrequent south sets

Cardiff Beach offshore and perfect little right hand slides

0530 WRL shot of sth Narra 2 metre 8sec 134 degrees


Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards the northern New South Wales coast and is directing north to northeasterly winds along most of the coast. The next trough and associated southerly change is forecast to reach the far southern coast this evening, before moving over central waters during Thursday and northern waters during Friday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather
Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon and evening.
Thursday 15 November
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly during the morning.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Northeasterly 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Friday 16 November
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy.


Flatness still

Posted on November 12th, 2018 in At large.

WRL cam from this morning – no surf to speak of at south Narra


Hello Friends,
A light SE breeze when I checked conditions in Sydney (from the other side of the planet) around 1020. From the look of the WRL cam pic at south Narrabeen, the sub 1 metre 10-11 sec SSE bump wasn’t producing much of interest on a sunny Sydney morning. Ocean temp is around 20C and you’re going to a high of 25.
Surf prospects look pretty grim for the next few days, but there is some hope for maybe a little uptick on Thursday. The long range models (some) indicate that the front half of next week might actually get interesting…
No postcard from Cali this morning, but I can report that skies are smoky from the bad fires north and south of us. No decent swell in the outlook here until maybe late next week… so bah on that. Seems that California – or at least the bit I’m in – isn’t going to have much of an autumn where surf’s concerned.
Have a great day!


Saturday surf report

Posted on November 10th, 2018 in At large.

It was a beat morning until about 5 minutes ago , with people out on longboards and SUPs enjoying a small 1 metre leftover Noreast windswell…

But, now the wind has started up and will acording to The Bureau freshen from the S turning SE this morning.

You might find a protected corner with small waves before high tide at 10.44.

Don’t forget Remembrance Day – Armistice day – tomorrow … Remember the Diggers on the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

While researching my family’s connection to WW1 (Grandfather WIA in Belgium) and three great uncles (1 WIA Belgium, 1 KIA France) in the AIF on the Western Front, some time back I came across an unexpected sentence in the Diary of Verdi Schwinghammer on the State Library website. Verdi’s troopship, like my Grandfather’s, stopped at Durban and refuelled on their way over and he noted…

“Surfing on the fine beaches was a delight, especially as the weather was very hot.”

I think the only surf report from WW1.

 


 

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