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Keep your distance

Posted on March 29th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

This morning there were 1617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NSW and the State government is flagging stage 3 restrictions. Remember to that there is an unknown number of asymptomatic cases which are capable of shedding virus without realising it. If you’re at home, it’s much less likely that the virus can ‘find’ you. If you’re outside, give yourself the best chance of not picking it up by staying away from places with others and keep your distance. Wash your hands when you come home.

There are waves this morning and people are getting amongst them at Dee Why. The carpark looks full too, so lots of folks are taking a chance that the virus won’t find them. I’m on my last day of self-isolation but I wouldn’t be down there with that many people around.

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.

Dee Why 0830 Sunday


Is this trip really necessary

Posted on March 28th, 2020 in Dee Why.

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.

0700



Weather Situation

A high pressure system near Tasmania is slowly moving east across the southern Tasman Sea, while a low pressure trough lingers off the northern coast of New South Wales. Winds are expected to tend more northeasterly over the weekend as the high moves further east and a cold front approaches from the west. This front is expected to bring a southerly change to New South Wales waters during the first half of next week.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Sunday 29 March
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
1st Swell
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Monday 30 March
Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.


Windy, messy, lumpy, grey

Posted on March 27th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

First order of the day, wash hands, check temp for day 12 of self-isolation. All good. Fire up the coffee, flick on the news, grab the camera and climb aloft for a couple of snaps. High overcast, wind ESE 10-15 kt and the ocean looks like it too – dull, choppy and bumpy but there are junky, sectiony chest plus sets at the point and along the beach. Out at sea it’s 2.3 metres at 9 seconds from 131°. Tide is coming into the high at 1100. Water is rated as clean and 22C by Beachwatch.

Earlier I posted some text from the ABC website, but it is highly likely that the advice in question will soon change given the following remarks from the Premier of NSW.

Ms Berejiklian says people should not go outside unless they “absolutely have to”.

She said containing COVID-19 at this stage meant “we are better off in the next few weeks and months”.

“It is up to all of us to come together to do our part and deal with the disease at this critical stage,” she said.

re: exercise, ABC News’ website published the following on Tuesday

Exercise outdoors, while you still can
If you’re not self-isolating or unwell, the experts agree you and your family can still go outside to exercise at this stage.

But you must practise social distancing, keep up good hygiene practices, and wash your hands when you get home.

This advice may change in the event of widespread community transmission of this coronavirus, said Adam Kamradt-Scott, an expert in the spread and control of infectious diseases at the University of Sydney.

So walking, cycling and running are still on the menu, as are outdoor sports like golf and tennis although you’ll likely find your local golf course or tennis club will have implemented extra hygiene measures to abide by.

Messy looking at 0830

Sets very sectiony

Shorey stands one up

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.

So, your correspondent will remain on the exercise sidelines until Monday morning. Of course by then the instructions could change.

Keep safe and remember if you stay home, you’re staying away from the virus. The more you move about, the better the chance you have of finding it.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system near Tasmania is lowly moving east across the southern Tasman Sea, while a low pressure trough lingers off the northern coast of New South Wales. This pattern is directing south to southeasterly winds along the coastal waters, which are expected to tend more northeasterly across the weekend as the high moves further east and a cold front approaches from the west. This front is expected to bring a southerly change to New South Wales waters during the first half of next week.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
2nd Swell
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Saturday 28 March
Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Sunday 29 March
Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.


Southerly and grey

Posted on March 26th, 2020 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Southerly was hammering along at 17-25 kts under lowering grey skies when your self-isolating correspondent climbed aloft with the camera at RealSurf HQ. There were a couple of people in the water, but they must have been pretty desperate for some water time because the quality, as you can see from the pic, is not great. The longer period stuff of yesterday has, as expected, faded away to leave behind only wind swell. Out at sea it was 2.7 metres at 8 seconds from 180° but inshore it was maybe waist high.
While we aren’t currently forbidden to go to the beach if not self-isolating, I think we should be very self-conscious about any excursions outside the home. Just like in wartime, you have to ask yourself ‘is this trip essential?’
Stay safe!
BTW, here’s a useful visualisation of the latest COVID-19 data from Australia.

Grey and southerly


 
Weather Situation
A high pressure system near Tasmania is slowly moving east while a trough of low pressure is lingering off the northern coast, directing south to southeasterly airstream. Winds will become east to northeasterly later in the week and during the weekend as the high pressure system tracks into the Tasman Sea, extending a ridge over the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots, tending southeasterly in the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 metres.
Weather
Cloudy.
Friday 27 March
Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending easterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
1st Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre, tending east to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.
Saturday 28 March
Winds
Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly during the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
2nd Swell
East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.


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