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Why did that North Pacific storm, that was supposed to have swell hitting around New Year’s, crap out?

Why did that North Pacific storm, that was supposed to have swell hitting around New Year’s, crap out?

What happened to that North Pacific storm that was supposed to have swell hitting around New Year’s? It crapped out, obviously, but why?

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Are the Santa Ana Winds Starting to Weaken for Some Socal Areas?

he past two days (and most others that I can remember with similar conditions) I have woken up to relative Santa Ana conditions, 15-20 mph east winds but then I check the cams, as us inlanders are forced to do, only to find the winds are slack or even slightly onshore at the beach… So what’s up with that?

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Typhoon vs Hurricane

They are actually the same thing (a tropical storm)…but they have different names in other parts of the world….they also get classified differently depending on which country’s weather service sending out the updates.

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How are waves, swell, and surf made?

How are waves, swell, and surf made?

Why learn about ocean waves? The answer is pretty simple if you spend a couple of minutes thinking about it. Personally I think that you become a better surfer, and a better waterman, if you get in tune with the ocean, the weather, and the processes that create the conditions that we, as surfers, are looking for.

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Characteristics of Long-Period Swells

Jason Asked: What kind of storms produce long period swells with a relatively small swell height, 3ft @ 19sec for instance, is that possible? And would something like that translate to some ledgy overhead surf when it reaches a coast?” Adam Wright – Solspot Forecaster: This definitely follows the idea of swell decay and travel [...]

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South Pacific Storm Strength and Swell Decay

Matt Asked: Looking at the forecast charts…if the mild storm passing New Zealand gets a good shot, and the high pressure lifts due to a push by WSW winds, could it pick up intensity? Adam Wright – Solspot Forecaster: definitely…but a couple of other pieces need to move into place to really have produce anything. [...]

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What is the ideal weather conditions for Santa Ana winds?

What is the ideal weather conditions for Santa Ana winds?

Brian Asked: Ok, I was wondering why do certain santa ana wind events blow offshore all day, and others only in the morning. On top of that, I was also wondering why the winds blow offshore at my house in Irvine, but onshore at the beach. It was solid offshore at my house, maybe 25-30 mph [...]

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Surf Shape (Surfiness) Scale

Jason Asked: Adam, can I get a run down on the SHAPE/SURFINESS descriptions? Is “playful” better than “Good”? What about “pretty fun”? Is that better than good? Thx! Adam Wright – Solspot Forecaster: Jason…no problem on the breakdown it goes like this (from worst to best with why they are named that way). And feel [...]

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Solspot’s Wave Calling Philosophy

ST Commented:   HB was as good as it gets today…the size on here and surfline have been way off, today was easily double overhead on the sneaker sets. Don’t believe it? Look at the local photogs’ sites, especially John Lyman. Adam Wright – Solspot Forecaster:   ST yeah I was just checking HB out [...]

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Why are local Socal wind conditions so hard to forecast?

Josh Commented: I dunno man. HB is glass and going off right now. Lots of South swell in the water. (Note the post title…Josh’s response was related to the forecast content) Post: Forecasts painting very little hope for clean conditions on Thursday. Adam Wright – Solspot Forecaster: Yep Mother Nature really torpedoed my forecast (Thanks [...]

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