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Articles by Adam Wright

Adam has been a professional meteorologist and surf forecaster since 1999 and has worked for many of the popular surf sites including Transworld SURF, Surfline, Wavewatch, and FuelTV. Currently he is the Chief Forecaster for Solspot.com and is responsible for letting us know when we should ditch the computers for either a quick session or epic trip.

Tropical Swell Alert – Hurricane Dolores breaks into the Socal Swell Window

Tropical Swell Alert – Hurricane Dolores breaks into the Socal Swell Window

Hurricane Dolores, a decent sized CAT-2 storm (recently downgraded from CAT-3), has just moved out of the swell-shadow cast by Central Baja and is in the process of swinging her swell-producing winds into the S-SE swell window of Southern California.

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New S-SSW swell creeps in on Friday

New S-SSW swell  creeps in on Friday

Friday will have a few rideable waves for the well exposed summer spots. It won’t be super exciting since most of the incoming swell is pretty small, but there will be some rideable, even slightly playful surf for the better standout breaks.

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Tropical Alert – Hurricane Andres set to send swell to Socal

Tropical Alert – Hurricane Andres set to send swell to Socal

Yep…our first hurricane of the 2015 season will be a swell-maker. Hurricane Andres is currently cruising about 700 miles SW of the tip of Baja, which puts him pretty square in the Socal swell window. Andres is a relatively decent looking storm…he began to develop during the last part of the work week, slowly strengthening [...]

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Rideable but slightly smaller swell mix on tap for Thursday…offshore winds help to ride out the morning high tide

Rideable but slightly smaller swell mix on tap for Thursday…offshore winds help to ride out the morning high tide

Offshore winds continue to keep our small but playful surf nice and clean on Thursday. The surf, while not super exciting, will hang in the rideable/playful range for most spots, however a few of the top combo breaks will have some faster more workable set waves. High tide will slow down shape for the morning but expect improvements as we head toward lunchtime.

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Offshore winds help clean up conditions while small combo swell keeps things playful

Offshore winds help clean up conditions while small combo swell keeps things playful

Wednesday will see some cleaner conditions along with a playful mix of windswell, some WNW-NW swell, and some Southern Hemi energy. While our surf won’t be all that big the improvement in conditions and increase in consistency will keep things fairly fun for most of the exposed areas.

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Modest combo mix continues to hang around while more storms spin up in the Pacific

Modest combo mix continues to hang around while more storms spin up in the Pacific

The last few days have shown some decent sized storms forming in the North Pacific and even a few more average systems moving through the South Pacific. Normally I would be more excited to see these types of storms this time of year, but unfortunately both groups are tip-toing along the edges of our swell window, and while we will still get some waves from them we definitely won’t see the full power that they will throw out. So we will stick in this fun-zone holding period, which isn’t a bad place to be (it is just not that exciting), while we wait for stronger better-positioned storms to develop.

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Small but fun combo swell holds through Tuesday but winds get squirrelly in a few areas

Small but fun combo swell holds through Tuesday but winds get squirrelly in a few areas

Look for a few fun waves early Tuesday morning but watch out for building onshore winds moving into the region as a new trough of low-pressure approaches the West Coast.

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Funky spring weather continues while windswell and small S-SW swells generate some waves

Funky spring weather continues while windswell and small S-SW swells generate some waves

Swirly eddy-ish conditions along the beach, strong NW winds in the outer waters, and a few errant windswells mixing with some steady (but modest) Southern Hemi swells…yeah that sounds about like spring. Not many changes in the forecast right now…we have at least a couple of stronger cold fronts forecast to send in some more wind/windswell with even a chance of rain creeping into the weather. At the same time the South Pacific has a number of average-moderate sized S-SW swells that will continue to send in inconsistent sets to the better exposed breaks. Overall it is sort of your typical spring forecast without any bells and whistles…long-range is looking fairly dull at this point, however there is some storms near Australia and New Zealand that may become more interesting as they begin to move into the SPAC proper.

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Cold front gets ready to serve up some more onshore winds and maybe some drizzle

Cold front gets ready to serve up some more onshore winds and maybe some drizzle

Tuesday is not looking like much of a surf day. We have a new cold front pushing down the coast, which will drive in stronger onshore winds and possibly even hit us with a little rain before it clears the region. There may be a few pockets of light winds in the morning, if the front stalls out…but don’t expect them to last very long.

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Fun surf continues on Saturday but starts to fall apart on Sunday

Fun surf continues on Saturday but starts to fall apart on Sunday

We will have a bit of a mixed bag surfwise this weekend. Saturday will be a decent day with light offshore winds and a playful sized combo swell mix driving in our surf. Sunday will see a new trough of low-pressure move over the Central/Northern Cal Coast, which will drive some stronger onshore winds, increasing cloudy conditions, and cool down the beach air temps. There may still be some waves to ride on Sunday but they will be harder to find.

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