Monday, June 2, 2008

Tuesday's Surf - Still some waves

Tuesday will be a surf day...but it is going to suffer under the same issues (namely tide and wind) that we saw on Monday.

We will have a mix of S-SW energy and building local windswell. Most spots will hold around waist-high+ or so. The standout areas, which will be the combo beach breaks, will see some chest-shoulder high sets...and maybe even a couple of bigger waves on the lower tides.

Conditions look pretty clean in the morning...winds will be light and variable to light-offshore with the cleanest conditions showing from LA down through San Diego. It actually looks like winds will hold off a little longer on Tuesday so we may get more of a surf window through the morning. Look for onshore W winds around 10-12 knots to build in through the late afternoon.

Like I said above it looks like a surf day tomorrow but you are going to need to work around the tide in the morning...if you hit it wrong the surf is going to be pretty boggy/mushy, and feel quite a bit smaller than it will on the lower tides.

Biggest surf will be showing through San Diego, Southern Ventura, and the South Bay (all the areas that pull in the WNW windswell)...but you may find some better shape at breaks that mix in a little bit of the Southern Hemi energy.

Check out NOAA's new graphical weather is pretty slick. I am not sure about the color scheme though...the low wind speeds make you think a giant fog bank is moving into the area. The legend is in knots.

Here is the link to check out the live version of the interface (this is zoomed in on California but they cover all of the US).

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