Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Slop for Wednesday – stormy

Wednesday looks stormy…strong onshore W winds, rain, possible thunderstorms, basically everything we don’t want as surfers. Unless you live right next to a super protected break it won’t be worth spending time/money/gas looking for waves on Wednesday.

Solid W-NW stormswell moves in fast on Wednesday…steamrolling the S-SW swells we have overlapping in the background.



Most spots will be seeing some poor shaped head high surf with a few of the really exposed NW facing breaks see sets going several feet overhead and bigger. Did I mention the shape was going to be poor most spots.

I think the National Weather Service sums up our weather for tomorrow nicely…



Santa Barbara/Ventura

.WED...W WINDS 15 TO 25 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT WESTERN PORTION. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 9 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.

.WED NIGHT...W WINDS 20 TO 30 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT WESTERN PORTION...BECOMING NW 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 10 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 12 SECONDS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE EVENING. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

Los Angeles

.WED...W WINDS 15 TO 25 KT WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 10 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.

.WED NIGHT...W WINDS 20 TO 30 KT...BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 35 KT IN THE EVENING. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 10 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 12 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.

Orange County/San Diego

.WED...WIND W 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING 20 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 FT. SWELL W 6 TO 9 FT AT 8 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.

.WED NIGHT...WIND W 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 FT. SWELL W 8 TO 11 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY AND SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS.



As usual there may be a pocket or two of semi-protected surf out there…but honestly I don’t think I am going to spend much time looking tomorrow…just not in the mood for cold winds and rain for some reason. If you are on the hunt…your spot is going to need some serious protection from the W winds…and probably some exposure to the S-SW swells which is going to make it much smaller than areas directly exposed to the new stormsurf.

Here are the tides…

04/21/2010 Wednesday
02:24AM LDT 4.5 H
10:27AM LDT -0.1 L
05:36PM LDT 3.5 H
10:25PM LDT 2.5 L

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well this sucks