Thursday, March 26, 2015

Plenty of SW and NW on the way!!!

Got wax?  Cause you’re gonna need it for the upcoming week of combo swell!  We’re already looking at rising long-period SW swell on the buoys right now.  The whole next week will be a combo of both SW groundswell from what was Tropical Cyclone Pam that wiped Vanuatu off the map in the South Pacific and some smaller and shorter period WNW swell.  Size is on the rise Friday with more of the WNW swell showing but very inconsistent SW filling in throughout the day. Waves start in the waist/chest high range and fairly consistent out of the WNW at west and north facing beaches.  Saturday in San Diego will see much more south with increasing consistency. Look for chest/shoulder high waves at the better summer breaks and chest high at the west and north facing spots.  OC and LA will see less of the WNW and more pure S swell.  Similar story for Sunday but with even better consistency at the south facing spots.  Monday sees a bit of bump up for the south facing spots as the swell peaks all day.  I’ll call HH and HH+ for the best summer spots in SD, OC and LA.  Tues still sees plenty of SW with a bit more new NW. Waves still in the shoulder /HH range for south spots, and chest/shoulder for the west/north breaks.  Wednesday the S is backing off so more of the WNW in the chest/shoulder range in SD and a more severe drop off in size for OC/LA with chest high surf.  Looks like more S on the way with a few smaller spurts of WNW in there still.  Fun week of summer surf to kick off April!

Weather is not typical of our Springtime!  We’ll see another day of heat and sunshine with mild onshore winds by midday.  Air temps in the high 70s along the coast tapering off a little into the mid-70s through the weekend and then back up again for the first part of next week.  Expect to see some dense fog in the early morning and late evening hours starting Friday night and thru the weekend.  Not expecting our usual springtime winds so the surf conditions should be pretty spectacular…if you like glassy sunny waves!  Water temps are already incredibly high with buoy readings in the mid-60s and will most likely go up as the SW swell pushes more hot water north.  We’ve got decent tidal movement this weekend with mid/late-morning medium lows pushing up to medium high tides for the early evening hours.

Looks like a great week of surf and weather!  Please remember we are in a drought so do you part to conserve water! 

Stay wet So Cal!
Tides for La Jolla (Scripps Institution Wharf) starting with March 26, 2015.
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Th  26     High   2:15 AM     4.5   6:45 AM     Set 12:57 AM      35
    26      Low   9:44 AM     0.5   7:05 PM    Rise 11:42 AM
    26     High   4:55 PM     3.0
    26      Low   9:17 PM     2.5
F   27     High   3:38 AM     4.1   6:44 AM     Set  1:48 AM      45
    27      Low  11:14 AM     0.5   7:05 PM    Rise 12:35 PM
    27     High   6:28 PM     3.3
    27      Low  11:06 PM     2.4
Sa  28     High   5:06 AM     4.1   6:42 AM     Set  2:34 AM      55
    28      Low  12:21 PM     0.3   7:06 PM    Rise  1:28 PM
    28     High   7:16 PM     3.6
Su  29      Low  12:22 AM     2.1   6:41 AM     Set  3:15 AM      64
    29     High   6:15 AM     4.2   7:07 PM    Rise  2:21 PM
    29      Low   1:08 PM     0.2
    29     High   7:47 PM     3.9
M   30      Low   1:11 AM     1.6   6:40 AM     Set  3:53 AM      73
    30     High   7:07 AM     4.4   7:07 PM    Rise  3:14 PM
    30      Low   1:43 PM     0.1
    30     High   8:12 PM     4.1

Friday, March 13, 2015

Small south and small WNW....but sunny!

Meeeeeeeeeeeeelting!  Hot enough for ya today?  Saturday we’re seeing the tail end of some steep SSW swell today and tomorrow.  The best summer spots and far north San Diego and Orange County are still seeing some fun waves in the waist/chest range while the rest of us see mostly knee/waist high waves out of the WNW.  Sunday things will back off even more from both directions with knee/waist high surf just about everywhere if you’re lucky.  Monday we get a shot of small WNW across our bow as waves bump up into the waist high range (remember, I said it was a small WNW).  Surf remains about waist high all day and pretty much dries up for Tuesday and Wednesday with knee high surf again.  Late Wed we’re expecting some longer period SW swell.  Size bumps back up into the waist high range with north SD and Orange Counties picking up some chest high sets throughout Thursday.  That swell is joined by a small NW to give most beaches some chest high surf by the days end.  OC and LA sees steep waist/chest high  S thru Friday while SD sees more of the small NW with waist/chest high surf to start the day and tapering off to mostly waist high surf by the end of the day and into Saturday.  The Southern Hemi seems to be dishing out some interesting activity.  Most of it is pointed at S. America, New Zealand or Mainland Mex.  It looks like it might be getting pretty quiet in these parts for awhile. 

Hate to say it but this weather is HOT!  We need a boatload…make that 5 or 10 boatloads of rain but it looks like sunshine is all we have in our future!  There’s lots of high pressure in our forecast which means sunny skies and hot temperatures and low humidity.  It also means hot offshore winds. What little surf we will have will at least be fairly clean!  Air temps in the mid-80s thru the weekend and Monday.  Expect a bit more moisture to roll in Monday night and into Tues.  That will bring us some nice cooling as air temps head back into the mid-low 70s along the coast and slightly lower (low 70s) but still mostly clear skies for the end of the week and into the weekend.   As we head towards the new moon next weekend the tides will start to get a bit more extreme. 

For the next few days we’ll see pre-dawn high tides draining out all morning to a near zero or negative tide midday/early afternoon and then back up for the evening sunset session.  With the tiny surf and minus tides tidepooling should be really good. Water clarity is also pretty awesome these days so grabbing a mask and snorkel isn’t out of the question either!  Water temps is in the low 60s.  I don’t think it ever dipped below 60s this winter!  YOWZA! 

Head out and go for a paddle or swim!  Enjoy the ocean and don’t forget to lather up on the SPF and pick up a piece of trash while you’re out there!  A clean ocean makes for happy healthy surfers!

Stay wet So Cal!

Fond memories of the winter of 2010…Chris Del Moro.

Tides for La Jolla (Scripps Institution Wharf) starting with March 14, 2015. 
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
Sa  14     High   4:15 AM     4.3   7:01 AM    Rise  2:19 AM      49
    14      Low  11:49 AM     0.4   6:56 PM     Set  1:03 PM
    14     High   6:39 PM     3.1
    14      Low  11:14 PM     2.3
Su  15     High   5:35 AM     4.7   6:59 AM    Rise  3:12 AM      38
    15      Low  12:44 PM    -0.2   6:57 PM     Set  2:04 PM
    15     High   7:20 PM     3.6
M   16      Low  12:25 AM     1.8   6:58 AM    Rise  4:02 AM      27
    16     High   6:37 AM     5.1   6:57 PM     Set  3:09 PM
    16      Low   1:28 PM    -0.6
    16     High   7:55 PM     4.1
Tu  17      Low   1:19 AM     1.2   6:57 AM    Rise  4:50 AM      17
    17     High   7:31 AM     5.5   6:58 PM     Set  4:16 PM
    17      Low   2:09 PM    -1.0
    17     High   8:30 PM     4.6
W   18      Low   2:08 AM     0.6   6:55 AM    Rise  5:36 AM      9
    18     High   8:20 AM     5.8   6:59 PM     Set  5:25 PM
    18      Low   2:47 PM    -1.1
    18     High   9:05 PM     5.1

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lingering S and then kinda small

Alooooooha!  Was out of the loop for awhile but I’m back now!  Hope y’all are enjoying the early SW swell we’re having right now. Summer spots are getting some early fun waves in the waist/shoulder high range with even some HH sets rolling thru some of the better summer spots.  (WHAT!)  Friday we’ll see waist/chest high waves as that swell fades through the day.  More like waist high for Saturday with a hint of NW windswell.  Sunday thru Wednesday morning will be pretty small…knee/waist high combo of lingering S and NW windswell.  Interesting how active the Southern Hemi is right now though.  The good news is that we’ll see some new SW swell moving in late Wednesday.  This is more like our typical SW swells with very long period sets so patience will be a virtue.  Waves will pick up Thursday through the day into waist/chest high range.  We’ll still see some background NW windswell type waves but not much more than abut waist high.  Looks like there’s more activity in both hemispheres so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the Northern Hemi isn’t done pumping out some fun waves for us just yet!

We had a nice bit of rain the past two weeks but this upcoming week we’re all about sunshine and light offshore winds as a mild Santa Ana sets in for the next few days. Expect warm air temps in the mid to high 70s along the coast with low humidity and calm to light NE winds.  Overnight temps in the los 50s.  Slightly cooler for the work week but high 60s/low 70s again along the coast.  Hardly a cloud in the sky!  Some patchy fog by Monday but daytime will still be clear and sunny until about Wed/Thurs.  We’ve got a gorgeous full moon tonight which is also making for some fairly large swings in the tides.  Mid-morning high is draining out all day to a near zero foot low tide in the late afternoon.  Water temps are still really nice and hanging in the low 60s. 

Enjoy the lingering S and maybe just enjoy the sunshine and gorgeous beach weather this upcoming week! 

Stay wet So Cal!

Tides for La Jolla (Scripps Institution Wharf) starting with March 6, 2015.
Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible
F    6      Low   3:08 AM     0.7   6:11 AM     Set  6:33 AM      99
     6     High   9:14 AM     4.9   5:50 PM    Rise  6:57 PM
     6      Low   3:27 PM     0.0
     6     High   9:44 PM     4.6
Sa   7      Low   3:40 AM     0.6   6:10 AM     Set  7:06 AM      98
     7     High   9:44 AM     4.6   5:51 PM    Rise  7:49 PM
     7      Low   3:51 PM     0.3
     7     High  10:09 PM     4.6
Su   8      Low   5:14 AM     0.7   7:08 AM     Set  8:39 AM      96
     8     High  11:17 AM     4.2   6:51 PM    Rise  9:43 PM
     8      Low   5:14 PM     0.7
     8     High  11:35 PM     4.6
M    9      Low   5:52 AM     0.8   7:07 AM     Set  9:13 AM      91
     9     High  11:53 AM     3.8   6:52 PM    Rise 10:37 PM
     9      Low   5:37 PM     1.1
Tu  10     High  12:04 AM     4.5   7:06 AM     Set  9:51 AM      85
    10      Low   6:37 AM     0.9   6:53 PM    Rise 11:32 PM
    10     High  12:36 PM     3.3
    10      Low   6:01 PM     1.5