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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.

Onshore winds, building windswell, and messy conditions

Onshore winds, building windswell, and messy conditions

Sloppy weather and poor surf conditions move into the region on Saturday-Sunday. We will get a boost in local windswell (as well as some more organized swells) but that will come with a steady dose of onshore winds, pockets of rain, and generally junky conditions. The main part of the storm will hit on Saturday and likely linger into Sunday so there won’t be much improvement until we start to move into next week.

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Building windswell and funky weather on tap for the weekend…cleaner conditions and building S swell moving in next week

Building windswell and funky weather on tap for the weekend…cleaner conditions and building S swell moving in next week

A few more storms started to move through our swell windows over the last couple of days, however the NPAC energy is still struggling to get into position to send us much swell…and the SPAC swell, while decent, isn’t up to full summer strength (yet). A lot of our weekend’s surf is going to be built up by a cold front moving down the California Coast on Friday…this will move into our area over the next couple of days bringing rounds of showers, cold weather, and southerly winds. Fortunately it looks like this storm will be moving out of the region by late in the weekend so we will see cleaner conditions for next week, just in time for our bigger shot of Southern Hemi swell.

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Slowly building surf with stormier weather starting to stack up on the horizon

Slowly building surf with stormier weather starting to stack up on the horizon

Wave heights will increase on Friday as a mix of several new swells start to slowly trickle in. There won’t be a huge jump in the morning size, however we can expect increasing wave heights and more consistency out of the swell-mix as we move into the afternoon.

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Our swell mix shifts around a bit on Thursday but stays rideable during the morning

Our swell mix shifts around a bit on Thursday but stays rideable during the morning

The surf will settle down into a little smaller range on Thursday. There will still be some rideable waves thanks to the leftover swell mix and relatively clean conditions…however you may want to switch up to your small wave gear just so you can pick off some of the weaker waves…otherwise you might get stuck waiting around for inconsistent bigger sets.

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WNW-NW swell fades slightly but looks like fun surf will still show at the standouts

WNW-NW swell fades slightly but looks like fun surf will still show at the standouts

Not much change in our surf on Wednesday. The mix of overlapping WNW swells will continue with the main swell backing down and some reinforcements moving in to help prop up the remnants. Our weather will also warm up a bit more along with a mix of mostly offshore flow setting up for the morning.

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Shifting to Spring-mode…NPAC mellows while the SPAC spins to life

Shifting to Spring-mode…NPAC mellows while the SPAC spins to life

The Pacific is getting ready to switch gears from Winter to Spring…the North Pacific is starting to see fewer and less intense storms while the South Pacific powers up the higher-latitude storm track and gets ready to kick out our first decent Southern Hemi swell of the 2015 season. Unfortunately for Socal it means that we are going to see the relatively clean (even offshore) conditions we had over the last couple of months break down and the onset of the spring eddy as well as funky eddy-winds and eddy-weather. This shift while not great won’t be a total surf killer…we will just have to plan to work around a bit more texture and pockets of southerly winds…nothing we haven’t worked through before, it is just a shame to leave all the winter goodness behind. The good news is that while our weather is starting to change there are more waves on the way…I am sure we will be able to find a few playful ones.

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Cleaner conditions and holding swell help set up some better surf for Tuesday

Cleaner conditions and holding swell help set up some better surf for Tuesday

Tuesday, while still not perfect, will be an improvement over the last couple of days. The newest WNW-NW swell will continue to hold through the morning as conditions clean up thanks to light/variable to light/offshore morning winds.

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Rainy weather and onshore winds work over a new slowly building WNW swell

Rainy weather and onshore winds work over a new slowly building WNW swell

Monday is not looking like much of a surf day…sure we will have some new WNW swell arriving as we move through the day, unfortunately it is the weather and the winds that will chunk up the surf conditions.

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Eddy winds in the morning with a small swell mix holding through the day

Eddy winds in the morning with a small swell mix holding through the day

Smaller waves and funky weather conditions on tap for the upcoming weekend…the surf will be rideable, mostly on Saturday, but there will be a bit more southerly wind and chance of rain by Sunday. Overall our waves will be smaller as the mix of WNW-NW settles down a notch or two and then gets a few small reinforcements to help it stabilize as we move through the weekend.

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Fun run of winter-sized S-SW swells keep us rolling through the weekend with a bigger swell setting up in the long-range charts

Fun run of winter-sized S-SW swells keep us rolling through the weekend with a bigger swell setting up in the long-range charts

The SPAC, while fairly quiet the last couple of weeks, has managed to stir up a few overlapping S-SW swells that will keep most of the exposed spots in decent sized rideable waves for the next week. The long-range charts are showing a stronger storm that is forecast to form in the S-SSW swell window in a few days…if that system can stay on track we will be looking at a much larger Southern Hemi pulse arriving during the first part of March. Yeeewwww go South Pacific!

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