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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 Alert – Amanda is now a CAT-4 Hurricane moving through Socal’s swell window

Tropical Alert – Amanda is now a CAT-4 Hurricane moving through Socal’s swell window

It looks like our little Amanda is growing all up…she started Friday as a newly formed tropical storm…and now, just about 36-48 hours later she is MAJOR HURRICANE AMANDA

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S-SW energy holds into Sunday…winds stay on the fickle side

S-SW energy holds into Sunday…winds stay on the fickle side

Sunday will be another rideable surf day with a few playful pockets spread around as the mix of Southern Hemi swells and modest eddy conditions make the hunt for super-clean waves a little challenging.

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More swell and cleaner conditions…my two favorite phrases

More swell and cleaner conditions…my two favorite phrases

New swell continues to fill in overnight and will start to peak on Saturday, sending some playful waves to the average S-SW facing beaches and some bigger/faster sets to the standout S-SW exposed spots. Winds finally start to mellow out…and while we will still see some light eddy flow conditions will be cleaner for most areas.

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Tropical Alert – Tropical Storm Amanda becomes first storm of the season

Tropical Alert – Tropical Storm Amanda becomes first storm of the season

If you have had your eye on the tropics (or have been reading the long-range forecasts) you know that our first Tropical Depression of the season formed on Thursday. Well we have good news…TD-1E strengthened even more overnight and has now reached Tropical Storm strength…officially becoming TS Amanda, our first ‘named’ storm of the season.

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The blend of overlapping S-SW swells continues through the weekend while the tropics start up

The blend of overlapping S-SW swells continues through the weekend while the tropics start up

New Southern Hemi swells are just starting to arrive in Socal and will continue to layer in more and more energy as we move through Friday and on into the weekend. It won’t be a HUGE swell…but thanks to the multiple swell sources and stacked up positioning they had it does look it will be a bit more consistent than most of the energy we see coming from that stretch of the ocean. On the tropical side of things we have good news…Tropical Depression 1E formed today and looks like it will quickly become our first named storm of the 2014 season. And if we are really lucky we may even see it move into our swell window over the next few days. I think we could handle a little tropical SE frosting on top of a decent SSW swell mix…make sure to check out the full long-range forecast for more details.

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Seriously eddy…cut it out

Seriously eddy…cut it out

Wave heights will be on the rise at SSW-SW facing beaches on Friday…however the new swell will fill in slowly and we will still have a touch of eddy winds adding some texture bump as we start off the day.

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Water is warming up but the eddy crumble sticks around

Water is warming up but the eddy crumble sticks around

Mix of eddy winds, crumbly shape, and steady Southern Hemi swell will continue on Thursday. Our surf quality will not be that great thanks to the local winds setting up some more onshore texture, but keep an eye on the really protected spots they may be able to stay a little cleaner through the first part of the day.

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Wave heights build as a whole series of S-SW swells move in

Wave heights build as a whole series of S-SW swells move in

The South Pacific storm track keeps humming along…it has already put several quality swells in the water, some of which arrived over the weekend and more that is showing right now. The good news is that these swells will continue to arrive over the next several days…easily keeping us in some solid sized waves through the next week and likely right on through the end of May. The tropics are starting to show little signs of life, but springy winds are still all over the place, so we may just have to stick with good old Southern Hemi swells, which sounds just fine in our book.

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Eddy winds grind through our conditions again on Wednesday

Eddy winds grind through our conditions again on Wednesday

We will see some somewhat funky surf on Wednesday thanks to a continuation of the eddy winds and leftover windswell lump. There will be a few rideable, even playful spots spread around at the more protected beaches, but building onshore winds and a junky swell mix will continue to hamper our surf shape.

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More Southern Hemi swell heading our way…looks like better winds and even a hint of tropical activity setting up for later in the week.

More Southern Hemi swell heading our way…looks like better winds and even a hint of tropical activity setting up for later in the week.

Decent-sized S-SW swells will continue to push through Socal over the next several days. We have a swell in the water right now that will stick around through mid-week before starting to back down. The good news is that there are at least a couple more pulses of S-SW energy that will move in as our current swell begins to trail off…so we will have plenty of rideable waves for the next week (at least). Weatherwise the eddy flow is forecast to weaken, if not completely burn off in a few days, likely leaving us with some warmer water and cleaner conditions as we move through the holiday weekend. Further out there is a little tropical disturbance forming in the EPAC that may actually develop into something bigger later this weekend (possibly over the weekend). Could it be our first tropical swell maker? We will have to see how it behaves.

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