Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tropical Update – TS Karina – straight out of nowhere

Things pull together pretty fast in the tropics…yesterday we had a patch of badly organized thunderstorms…then the upper level winds shifted and bam!...we have a new tropical storm.

Unfortunately TS Karina doesn’t look like much of a wave maker…she is in our swell window but she is small and her core winds are just barely reaching TS strength.

Forecasts are showing her dropping back to a depression by Wednesday evening.

From a surf standpoint I would expect a bit of short-period S swell for Baja Sur but any swell that can actually make it up to SoCal will likely be lost in the more dominant Southern Hemi energy.

It is worth keeping an eye on her though...with such a slow movement path, and a decent storm track, we may see her strengthen enough to generate some better surf. I am not holding my breath though.

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