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Wind affected but swell hitting Dee Why still

Posted on May 25th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Only have time to put up a few pics… conditions look scrappy, less consistent but with solid sets still in the mix. I’d call it waist to chest with the odd overhead wave face at the point and similar up the beach.

Set showing some potential at 0705

 

Reasonable numbers in the water by 0700

 

Scrappy looking up the beach at 0700

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea and is slowly moving east, while an intense low pressure system lies over the far southern Tasman Sea, generating a large southerly swell onto the New South Wales coast. Southwest to southeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast are expected to steadily turn east to northeasterly during the weekend as the high moves over the southern Tasman Sea and extends a ridge along the coast.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3.5 metres, increasing up to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 26 May

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Sunday 27 May

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Thursday wrap and pics

Posted on May 24th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Conditions at 0900

 

Solid sets at the point 0915

 

0915 Dee Why point

later…

By 1042 getting less consistent and sets smaller and fewer

much later…

No Mans at 1640 – not looking too attractive…

 

The point at 1640

Went for a splash this morning at the point as the wind was coming up from the south. There were nearly 30 of us in the water at one point and the people to wave ratio was not good. Quality was not great but not bad either. Kinda average really. Sets were solidly overhead, but by late morning they were getting less frequent and smaller. At dusk the nice lines of this morning were pretty much gone, but folks were still in the water messing about with the little messy sets. Wind was SE 10-15 kts at North Head when I grabbed the snaps.

Swell is about the same height as it was this morning, but it’s come around more to the south.

It’s supposed to be southerly tomorrow, but the swell is set to pulse up again, so who knows… maybe we’ll get lucky.

Have a great evening!

 

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea and is slowly moving east, while a series of cold fronts acre crossing the southern Tasman Sea. This is directing southwest to southeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast. Winds are expected to steadily turn east to northeasterly during the weekend as the high moves over the southern Tasman Sea and extends a ridge along the coast. Meanwhile, intense low pressure systems moving east across the Southern Ocean are generating large southerly swell across the Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy.

Friday 25 May

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 26 May

Winds
Variable about 10 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Sunday 27 May

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Wednesday and the swell is here

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends

Light westerly wind early and the much anticipated swell has turned up. It popped up overnight and as of 0600 the MHL buoy was showing 2 metres of 9 sec SE swell. So, not as big, nor as long period as the models were projecting. It’s pretty much bigger and longer period at all the other wave rider buoys which are showing 12-13 seconds. So, maybe we’re just in a lull on that front… that said, as the pictures show there were head plus wave faces at the point and along the beach when I grabbed the snaps at 0730.

The Bureau has warned that deceptively powerful surf conditions will persist for the next three days. The more optimistic projections on the models show the solid size lasting through the weekend. It looks as though the wind setting will be best early. But nothing new there I guess.

Tide hits a 0.46 low at 0930. It’ll be back to a 1.46 m high at 1550.

Have a top old day and yes, I’m hoping to get a few more pictures to share, so check back later!

Bomb sets looked like this at 0730

 

The point

 

Crew on it

 

Another set turns up

 

Will the swell re-arrange the sand enough to do something about all the shutdowns…?

 

Weather Situation

A strong high pressure system over the Bight is maintaining a ridge to the east, while a series of fronts pass to the south of Australia. These fronts and low pressure systems have generated powerful southerly swells which are impacting the New South Wales coast today and the next few days. The high is expected to move over southeast Australia at the end of the week.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
Southerly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Thursday 24 May

Winds
North to northwesterly about 10 knots becoming southerly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Friday 25 May

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

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Pretty morning, little waves

Posted on May 21st, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Monday opens with 10-12 kts of westerly wind grooming a 1.2 metre, 12 sec SSE (160°) swell. Tide hit a 0.4 m low at 0730 and is now coming in to a 1.4 m high at 1340. Weather is set to be sunny all day. And the swell should gradually pick up (the Bureau’s posted a warning for rock fishers to be careful of deceptive conditions.

As you can see from the pics, there were little waves at Dee Why this morning. Sets looked to be in the chest plus range along the beach and waist plus at the point. The dire bank situation along the beach appears unchanged (ie, shutdowns rule).

The Bureau’s forecast – and all the surf forecasts – are still calling for a gradual build in the swell to a Wednesday morning peak in the 3+ metre range + a 16 sec period. It’s looking very interesting indeed. And if the long range models have anything to do with reality, we should be looking at surf for at least the next week and maybe beyond that. So woo-hoo!

Have a great Monday everyone.

Sweet wall before the inevitable shutdown 0745

 

Plausible set at the point, but it escaped being ridden

 

Weather Situation

A semi-stationary, strong high pressure system south of the Bight with a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea is directing south to southwesterly winds along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Sunny.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 22 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Sunny.

Wednesday 23 May

Winds
South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting north to northeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather
Mostly sunny.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Dee Why at 0930

Posted on May 20th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Busy Sunday beach day

Catching little ones along the rocks

Shutdown coming up 0945

Moment of open face

The way so many waves ended this morning. At least it’s not flat.


You have to wait but there are waves this morning

Posted on May 20th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,
Back in Sydney from the annual run up the coast (23rd since ’77!) and have awoken to a sunny Sunday morning with little offshore lines rolling into the beaches. Between sets it looked very small, but if you just waited there were chest high wave faces to be had up the beach toward No Mans and waist-ish sets (less frequently) at the point.
Wind was a light westerly early. It’s set to pick up and go more SW-S by midday.
At 0600 the MHL Sydney buoy was showing a metre of 11-12 sec energy from the SE (140°). The forecast is for it to pick up as the day goes along and be in the 1.5-2 m range by close of play. Tide was a 0.37 low at 0625 and is now running in to a 1.4 m high at 1230.

Tomorrow’s outlook is very similar to today’s except that the swell should pick up into the 2-3 metre range – causing the Bureau to issue a caution for deceptive surf conditions.

The models continue to look hopeful for the coming week. Right now it looks as though Wednesday could be pretty dramatic with a combo of 2-3+ metre 15-17 sec south swell, sunny skies and offshores all day. And if the more hopeful models have it right, there should be waves through next weekend and into the following week…

Have a great Sunday one and all!

Clean little bumps at 0750

 

One wave sets turn up every now and then at the point 0800

 

Another one at No Mans

Weather Situation

A semi-stationary, strong high pressure system south of the Bight with a ridge to the northern Tasman Sea is directing south to southwesterly winds along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Sunny.

Monday 21 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Sunny.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 22 May

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly during the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Sunny.

Mother’s Day waves

Posted on May 13th, 2018 in Dee Why.
  1. Hello Friends,

15-20 kts of SW wind at 0900 and the 0700 MHL data was showing 4.45 m of 13-sec swell from the south. Sets at the point were solidly overhead and it appeared to be reasonably consistent – which is good given the crowd at the point. Hope everyone’s giving the mums first go.

Wind is supposed to be out of the south at 25-30 kts today, so this morning’s comparatively clean conditions at the point likely won’t last.

Tide was a 1.6 m high at 0620, low will be a 0.4 m at 1230.

This morning’s forecast models show southerly wind for the next three days and swell should stay at about the current intensity for the next 24 hours before starting to gradually decay back to small by the end of he week.

Your correspondent is hitting the road tomorrow, so expect the occasional postcard at irregular intervals for the next week!

Have a great Mother’s Day mums!

Up the beach 0845

0845 set

Wave at the point

Set wave

Weather Situation
An intense low pressure system lies over the western Tasman Sea, while a high is strengthening south of the Bight. This pattern is driving vigorous winds over most of the New South Wales coast, periodically bolstered by the passage of troughs embedded within the broader pattern. Some areas are also experiencing large waves generated by this system. Conditions are expected to gradually ease later today and during Monday as the low moves away to the east, allowing the approaching high to become dominant.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Gale Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 25 to 30 knots, reaching 35 knots at times in the morning and again in the evening.
Seas
2.5 to 4 metres.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 14 May
Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast
Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, tending south to southeasterly 2 to 3 metres in the middle of the day.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers offshore, 70% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Tuesday 15 May
Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.


Mid-afternoon pics from Dee Why

Posted on May 12th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Just spent an hour or so at the beach checking the rising swell. Lotsa people in the water and the wind blowing pretty stiffly offshore.
Banks along the beach were 99% unmakeable shutdowns. Point was rather soft and inconsistent. Sets on the beach per the pictures in terms of size, at the point smaller, but a couple of head high faces came through.


Cold and flat at Dee Why under sunny skies

Posted on May 11th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

No sign of surf this morning at Dee Why. There was a cold NW wind sweeping across a flat sea. The MHL buoy was showing a touch under a metre of 10-sec south swell out at sea as of 0600, so maybe a magnet south swell spot might possibly be showing something.
Not much prospect of an improvement to the wave situation today, but from tomorrow onward the energy levels are going up as the Bureau hoists the Gale Warning. Wondering about the week ahead? Check the Goat’s latest for the inside scoop.

Faint hint of a line at 0730

 

Too tiny to surf at Dee Why 0730

Weather Situation

West to northwesterly winds are strengthening ahead of a south to southwesterly change on the south coast associated with a cold front crossing southeastern Australia. A complex low has formed in response to this front near Tasmania. Vigorous south to southwesterly winds are expected to develop along the New South Wales coast over the weekend as the low deepens and slowly moves east.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 25 to 30 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

Saturday 12 May

Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 30 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 30 to 45 knots early in the morning.
Seas
2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres during the morning.
Swell
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending south to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Sunday 13 May

Winds
Southwesterly 30 to 40 knots turning southerly 25 to 40 knots during the morning.
Seas
3 to 5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 4 to 6 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Clean and shoulder plus on sets but wind is coming

Posted on May 10th, 2018 in Dee Why.

Hello Friends,

Smooth conditions as the day got started and 1.2 m of 15-sec of SE (137°) swell. Sets at the point looked to be shoulder to head plus when I checked at 0700. Up the beach toward No Mans the size is similar, but the long lines will be testing the not-very-peaky banks. As anyone who’s been in the water there lately knows, there are way more shutdowns than makeable ones. Tide is now dropping to a 0.58 m low at 1030 and high will be 1.4 m at 1650.
It’s set to be partly cloudy today with a high of 25. The wind was NNW 10-12 kts early, but as you can see it wasn’t affecting surface conditions for the early. The Bureau says we can expect it to push up into the 20-25 kt range from the west by this evening.
It’ll be interesting to see the Goat’s take on the prospects later today. Right now it looks to me as though there could be big to fun to big to fun for the next week. But let’s see what the master says…
Have a great day and yes, I’ll try to sling up a few more piccies later…

A wait for sets like this 0710

Lines at No Mans 0710

Solid sets thanks to the long period

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending westerly 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening.
1st Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Friday 11 May

Gale Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast

Winds
Westerly 20 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore in the evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres by early evening.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

Saturday 12 May

Winds
Westerly 30 to 40 knots tending southwesterly during the morning.
Seas
3 to 5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

 

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