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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.

Another tide swamped morning on Wednesday but new fast building W swell fills in as we head toward the 2nd half of the day

Another tide swamped morning on Wednesday but new fast building W swell fills in as we head toward the 2nd half of the day

Wednesday will start off with some slower surf and semi-funky weather conditions. Mostly we will be dealing with some pockets of fog as well as some weak areas of drizzle near Point Conception. We will have a new, stronger W swell moving in through the day but the majority of the energy will be arriving late in the afternoon and peaking overnight into Thursday.

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Close proximity storms boost W swell as we move through the middle of the week more WNW-NW energy lining up out the back

Close proximity storms boost W swell as we move through the middle of the week more WNW-NW energy lining up out the back

The NPAC storm track continued to spin up a few new storms over the weekend, in particular it has a decent sized mid-latitude system hanging a few hundred miles off the West Coast that will be in position to send a decent sized shot of W-WNW swell for later Wednesday into early Thursday. This swell will be followed closely by a number of faster moving storms that track across the higher latitudes, but still manage to maintain some fetch in Socal’s swell window. These following systems will send in some ok sized, but shorter period WNW-NW swells that will keep waves steady into the weekend and likely into early next week as well. Weather and winds will take a little hit as our first storm tries to drag a cold front over the area on Friday and as we head into the weekend, but if things stay on track we will see the return of some offshore winds as we move into Monday-Tuesday of next week.

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WNW swell fades fast on Tuesday while high tide works to shut down the morning session

WNW swell fades fast on Tuesday while high tide works to shut down the morning session

Tuesday ends up being a bit of a transition day. The swell we had peak on Monday will be winding down while some smaller leftover pulses from weaker storms try to keep our surf from totally dropping out. Looks like weather and conditions will continue to be nice in the morning, but with the smaller swell the tides will play an important role in wave count, quality, and shape.

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New little WNW swell mixes with more offshore winds and some background SW swell on Monday

New little WNW swell mixes with more offshore winds and some background SW swell on Monday

Monday will have some playful waves thanks to a new pulse of WNW energy that moves in and mixes with weekend leftovers and some background Southern Hemi energy. The waves will be a little more playful thanks to the steady offshore winds and warming beach temps that will come along with another modest set of Santa Ana conditions.

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Offshore winds crank up while our WNW-NW swell slowly fades out

Offshore winds crank up while our WNW-NW swell slowly fades out

Sunday will see building offshore flow that will gradually increase to Santa Ana style winds and conditions. At the same times the winds begin to gust offshore our WNW-NW swell will be backing down, so while we can expect cleaner conditions on Sunday we should also expect the surf to taper down as well.

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WNW-NW swell holds through Saturday morning

WNW-NW swell holds through Saturday morning

Our newest round of WNW-NW swell will peak overnight, hold through Saturday morning and then start to slowly taper off as we move through the rest of the weekend. Conditions look a little squirrelly for Saturday morning, but winds will remain light enough to keep things rideable.

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WNW-NW swell piles in over the weekend while the NPAC gets ready to send more for next week

WNW-NW swell piles in over the weekend while the NPAC gets ready to send more for next week

The North Pacific continues to pick up in intensity and will be the dominant swell source for Southern California through the upcoming weekend, most of next week, and pretty much all of the activity we have forming up in the long-range charts. The newest round of WNW-NW energy will begin to arrive on Friday, eventually peaking overnight into Saturday and then slowly tapering off early next week. There won’t be much break between swells thanks to a newly arriving mix of NPAC energy that jumps onto the end of the weekend’s swell mix…in fact it will help to keep things rideable for most of next week. Long-range charts are showing a number of storms forming around the Aleutians, but more importantly it has a couple of those storms dropping into a pretty kick-ass location just off the West Coast, which if they can truly form will have some series swell-making potential. Keep your fingers crossed…if everything can stay more or less on track we could be looking at a pretty active second half of November.

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More WNW swell fills in on Friday while the tides, weather and wind still remain sort of an issue

More WNW swell fills in on Friday while the tides, weather and wind still remain sort of an issue

More swell moves in on Friday helping to drive up surf heights at the better WNW-NW facing beaches. Our morning weather looks a little drizzly and damp, but winds will remain on the light side and should keep things clean enough for us to have some fun at the better exposed beaches.

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New swell starts to arrive later in the day but the morning leftovers should be enough to push through the bigger tides

New swell starts to arrive later in the day but the morning leftovers should be enough to push through the bigger tides

Thursday will be another semi-decent surf day…with the potential for some better waves starting to show at the better winter breaks and the combo spots as new swell starts to fill in. Conditions look ok, a bit cloudy and foggy early, but with light enough winds that most spots will remain clean.

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WNW-NW swell fills in a touch more but big morning tides and dreary weather will hamper surf shape

WNW-NW swell fills in a touch more but big morning tides and dreary weather will hamper surf shape

Wednesday will see some slowly building WNW-NW swell gradually add some size to our surf as it slips in to replace the leftover energy from earlier in the week. There will be some more cloudy/drizzly weather on tap for the morning but winds look pretty light and most areas will have fairly rideable shape through the first part of the day.

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