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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.

Cleaner morning winds, a little drizzle and fading wave heights on tap for Thursday

Cleaner morning winds, a little drizzle and fading wave heights on tap for Thursday

Thursday will see a mix of smaller but cleaner surf along with improving weather conditions. There are still a couple of weak cold fronts forecast to move over the region tonight and be on the way out by mid-morning Thursday…as they leave we will see slowly clearing skies and mostly modest morning winds. There will still be some water quality issues, however they are pretty much on par with what we have been seeing the last week or more.

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More stormy weather and crappy winds blow over a slowly fading WNW-NW swell

More stormy weather and crappy winds blow over a slowly fading WNW-NW swell

The storm that moved in on Tuesday is forecast to gradually move out of the area on Wednesday, however its slow movement will let it spin up some stronger onshore winds and more rain for the morning. We can expect big surf at most of the winter spots however weather and winds will both hamper the quality of the waves.

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The North Pacific continues to crank out the storms, plenty of waves heading our way

The North Pacific continues to crank out the storms, plenty of waves heading our way

Some new long-period WNW-NW swell started to arrive through the day, mostly the afternoon, on Monday. This swell will continue to build overnight, peaking through the day on Tuesday, holding into Wednesday, and then eventually/gradually backing down as we move through the end of the week. Fortunately that isn’t the only storm we have moving through the swell window…the NPAC has several systems stacked up in the storm track and if everything holds on the path we will get another good sized WNW-NW swell for the upcoming weekend and at least a couple more moderate pulses as we move through the rest of December. Weather doesn’t look particularly good over the next week, but there will be some clean mornings spread around as the storms move over the region and the long-range charts are calling for a lot of warmer weather and better winds as we move into next week.

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A lot more WNW-NW swell to go with a little more rain on Tuesday

A lot more WNW-NW swell to go with a little more rain on Tuesday

New WNW-NW swell continues to fill in on Tuesday while yet another cold front pushes over the region bringing in rain and increasing wind along with the building surf. Overall, thanks to track of the storm, it looks like we will see manageable conditions…sure it will be a little soggy as some more rain falls across the region, but the winds will blow out of the E-ESE-SE through most of the morning, which will open up at least a few surf windows…as long as a little rain doesn’t bother you.

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Sunday will see conditions continue to clean up, winds go offshore, and our swell mix slowly fades

Sunday will see conditions continue to clean up, winds go offshore, and our swell mix slowly fades

While wave heights will be slowly backing down on Sunday we will still see plenty of surf. Our stormswell peaked late Friday early Saturday and will be in the process of slowly trailing off as we move through the day. Winds will be light offshore for most of the pre-dawn and dawn patrol sessions and will very likely help to clean up and organize the surf shape. Water quality is still questionable but it is improving for areas less impacted by direct runoff.

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Cleaner conditions begin to move in on Saturday while the storm swell starts to slowly back down

Cleaner conditions begin to move in on Saturday while the storm swell starts to slowly back down

Our surf will hold strong into Saturday morning and then start a downward trend through the rest of the weekend. While the swell is going down the weather and local winds will continue to improve, so we will see cleaner more workable lines for many of our beaches…however water quality will once again take a major hit and we can expect health advisories to stay in place for the next couple of days while the run-off settles.

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Stormy conditions and large surf on tap for the weekend…even more NPAC energy stalking us in the long-range forecast

Stormy conditions and large surf on tap for the weekend…even more NPAC energy stalking us in the long-range forecast

A strong storm (cue dramatic ‘STORM-WATCH 2014’ graphic) is bearing down on the West Coast today and will finally start to push over Socal as we head into Friday. We have a large shot of W-NW swell moving in along with this storm, much of which will arrive as we move into the weekend, coming up fast on Friday and then peaking Saturday before backing down. The weather should actually abate for a little while over the weekend too…leaving us with some questionable water quality but still somewhat rideable conditions for Saturday-Sunday morning. Further out we have another strong storm system setting up to hit us with another large WNW-NW swell (and more weather) early next week…and that isn’t all we have on tap either…the extreme long-range charts have several more systems lined up ‘out the back’ in the NPAC storm track, which could easily keep some good sized surf showing at the winter spots almost all the way through the end of the month.

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Stormy conditions move in on Friday…plenty of swell too

Stormy conditions move in on Friday…plenty of swell too

Stormy surf on tap for Friday…bigger waves, more wind, and even more rain will pummel the exposed beaches along Socal’s coast. Look for the storm to arrive later Thursday night and then hold over the region throughout Friday, eventually starting to break up later Friday night. Most beaches will be pretty torn up by the stormy conditions, however there may still be a few semi-protected pockets at the traditional stormswell spots.

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More W-NW swells arrives on Thursday with the storm right on its tail

More W-NW swells arrives on Thursday with the storm right on its tail

The big storm will be slowly grinding over the West Coast on Thursday, adding some increasingly poor weather to our more northerly regions as we start the day and eventually pushing down the coast over the rest of Socal as we move into the afternoon. We can expect a mix of large W-NW stormswell and early S-SE winds, which means there may be a little bit of a surf window for select beaches in the morning, but most areas will see stronger winds and wild weather hampering our surf shape, particularly by the afternoon.

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Small winter Southern Hemi swells keep things rideable, but not all that exciting, through to next week

Small winter Southern Hemi swells keep things rideable, but not all that exciting, through to next week

It is looking more and more like the region is shifting into the Wintertime Blues…that isn’t to say we don’t have some swell still moving our way, just that it is a shadow of what we were pulling in a few months ago. The good news is that while the surf isn’t all that big it…it won’t be completely flat. There are actually a number of small storms moving around the South Pacific that will continue to push in some modest wintertime SSW-SW swells for the next few days. This trend looks like it will continue right on through the weekend into early next week. Longer-range is calling for a little bit of a pick-up in size as we get closer to the end of the month, but those storms are still forming up, so we will have wait and see how they end up behaving.

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