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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.

Fading NW swell mixes with light offshore winds on Friday

Fading NW swell mixes with light offshore winds on Friday

Friday will see the trend of dropping surf and clean conditions continue. The swell that peaked a couple of days ago is still slowly trailing off and will continue to back down through the day on Friday. Fortunately that swell still has enough energy to keep things fun and the light offshore morning winds will help keep the shape pretty playful at the exposed areas.

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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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