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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.

Weather stays a little funky while the surf fades over the weekend…bigger W-NW swells heading our way for next week!

Weather stays a little funky while the surf fades over the weekend…bigger W-NW swells heading our way for next week!

As we head into the weekend we will get one more shot of rain, arriving mostly Friday night in a few select areas, but things look like they will dry out and warm up for a couple of days. With the stormy conditions gone it means our stormswell will be on the way down as well, fortunately the North Pacific has really turned on the activity in the medium and long-range sections of the forecast. As of right now it looks like the whole NPAC storm track is going to drop into the mid-latitudes (a key component to sending swell to Socal) and generate a number of well-positioned, strong storms that will push in some larger more consistent surf by the middle of next week and right on through the following weekend…really it looks like we may see a long run of consistent W-NW swells arriving through at least the middle of the month if not longer. Make sure to check out the full long-range forecast for more specific details and for a chance to become a member of our new Beta Test team!

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Stormswell backs down on Friday but high morning tides and very brown water will continue to cause some issues

Stormswell backs down on Friday but high morning tides and very brown water will continue to cause some issues

Conditions and most of our weather will clean up on Friday…our surf on the other hand will be on the way down, we have a super high tide in the morning, and there is always the water quality issues that all this rain has caused. Not really the most ideal morning conditions…however winds will be light and there will be some waves at the better exposed spots so if you don’t mind the dirty water there will at least be something to ride.

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Aaron Chang’s New Dark Sky Beach Photography

Aaron Chang’s New Dark Sky Beach Photography

Crazy looking storms, dark skies, and surfing…all the things a surf forecaster likes to see. Aaron Chang takes us on a video walk-through of his Dark Sky Beach photo

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WNW-NW swell holds into Saturday morning

WNW-NW swell holds into Saturday morning

We will see plenty of playful waves sticking around as we move into the weekend, however it also looks like our nice weather pattern will begin to break down. Our current WNW-NW swell will hold into Saturday and then start to slowly back down as we move through the rest of the weekend.

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Fun swell keeps us surfing as we move into the weekend but plan on the weather breaking down next week

Fun swell keeps us surfing as we move into the weekend but plan on the weather breaking down next week

New WNW-NW swell is already moving in on Friday and while it hasn’t totally made it all the way down the coast it will gradually fill in more and more regions as we move into the evening. The good news is that this swell will stick around through Saturday before starting to back off through the remainder of the weekend. It won’t be a perfect swell, the weather looks like it may start to cause a few issues, but it will be playful and will push in some fun waves to the better exposed beaches. Further out it looks like we are going to get at least a taste of winter as we move into next week…our dome of high-pressure will begin to break down and a number of close to the coast cold fronts are forecast to push over California, potentially setting up some cooler, drizzly weather and possibly even some legit rain by midweek. These cold fronts don’t look like particularly good swell makers at this point, however they will be pretty dynamic and may turn into better looking systems as we get closer to them forming. In the meantime try and get some waves this weekend and keep your fingers crossed that the longer-range storms can get a little more balanced out before they develop.

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New swell moves in Friday…expect a slow start in the morning with bigger waves arriving later in the day

New swell moves in Friday…expect a slow start in the morning with bigger waves arriving later in the day

Friday will start off a bit on the slower side…we have some new swell that will fill in as we move through the day and so the afternoon will be bigger and more consistent, but it looks like the morning will be fairly small for most of the region. The weather will still be nice and if the winds can hold off long enough for the swell to start to fill in we will eventually see some larger more playful surf as we move into the second half of the day.

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Small but clean surf on tap for Thanksgiving morning…look for the dropping swell and building tides to slow things down in the afternoon

Small but clean surf on tap for Thanksgiving morning…look for the dropping swell and building tides to slow things down in the afternoon

Nice weather and small waves will be on tap for Thursday as our mix of WNW-NW energy backs off and only some minor background swells step up to take its place. Look for clear skies, offshore winds, and cool morning temps as we start the day…however it to settle into nice holiday weather as we move toward midday.

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Small shots of SSW-SW swell keep things rideable through the week and upcoming weekend

Small shots of SSW-SW swell keep things rideable through the week and upcoming weekend

The slowdown in the SPAC hasn’t totally cut off the surf for Central America or Mainland Mexico…though it has definitely toned it down from all the energy we saw this summer. For the next few days we are going to see a number of small SSW-SW swells move in and overlap each other, basically holding our current wave heights right where they are through this week and most of next week too. Long-range forecasts for the South Pacific are calling for a slightly better storm to form over the upcoming weekend that has the potential to up our size and consistency as we move a little further into December.

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WNW-NW swell continues to send in a few playful waves while the morning tide finally starts to mellow out

WNW-NW swell continues to send in a few playful waves while the morning tide finally starts to mellow out

Our surf will continue to slowly back down on Wednesday, however clean conditions and enough background swell will help to keep a few fun rideable waves showing at the better exposed spots. Watch out for the high tide, it will be working hard to swamp out the shape in the mid-morning.

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Clean conditions and playful swell mix keeps things fun through Turkey Day…bigger swell and stormy conditions on the horizon

Clean conditions and playful swell mix keeps things fun through Turkey Day…bigger swell and stormy conditions on the horizon

The next few days will be on the smaller side, not flat, but not super exciting…however we will have nice weather, mostly offshore winds, and enough swell that things stay rideable and even fun at the better exposed spots. Our current swell mix will back down slowly as we move through the week, but we can expect a couple of modest shots of WNW energy and much smaller S-SW swells keeping things from totally shutting down. We will see the trend start to shift around on Friday as a stronger pulse of NPAC swell begins to arrive…this new swell will fill in fast and will likely peak on Saturday/Sunday of the upcoming weekend…about the only downer about the new swell is that the storm generating it will ride in right on top of the incoming energy and we will likely see the weather get funky by late in the weekend and through the first part of next week.

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