Wind swell later in the week and better SSW due this weekend

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Austin Gendron
(Monday) 3.25.19

Short Range Surf Forecast Overview

I apologize for my absence it’s been tough to find time to write an update, but hopefully everyone scored those past two westerly swells, especially the one this past weekend.  That swell is going to linger through the middle of the week, with some small southern hemi pulses rolling through.  A trough moves through the region Wednesday night, and could be followed by breezy W-NW winds.  That means we could see wind swell ahead of the weekend.  New southern hemi is expected to pick up for the weekend, peaking Saturday, with a secondary pulse peaking early next week.  Read more for details.

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Surf is letting up from the weekend still, but a small reinforcing pulse could help maintain wave heights in the waist to head high rang through Tuesday before easing more Wednesday and Thursday.  Small southern hemi in the background should mean a little combo energy for exposed spots.

The weather models are showing a trough of low pressure rolling through on Wednesday night into Thursday.  It could mean some light rain and increasing onshore flow.  The W-NW winds are then expected to kick up some more localized wind swell that could help maintain waist to chest high+ surf along the exposed coast.

As the wind swell eases into the weekend, new southern hemi (190-200) energy from recent activity near French Polynesia.  That swell was angled well for Southern California despite being a weaker system, so we’re looking to see at least some consistent surf in the knee to chest high+ range along the exposed southerly facing coast.  A secondary pulse is due to arrive over the weekend and peak Monday helping maintain some surf at southerly exposures through the start of next week.

Here’s what to expect on a day-to-day basis this week:

Tuesday the 26th light morning conditions and fun surf as the swell mix gets a little reinforcing pulse.  Wave heights are expected to be in the waist to chest high+ range at standouts

Wednesday the 27th a storm works its way through the region, possibly bringing some rain.  swell mix continues to bring knee to chest high waves.

Thursday the 28th semi-stormy weather moves on past the region and starts kicking up breezy W-NW winds. Wind swell builds late in the day.  New southern hemi forerunners start filling in as well.

Friday the 29th wind swell starts to ease as southern hemi builds.  Wave heights could be running waist to chest high+ through the day.

Saturday the 30th Weather continues to be a little nicer, southern hemi should mean knee to chest high+ surf at standout southerly exposures, possibly bigger.

Sunday the 31st the southern hemi mix continues to bring small to moderate and playful waves to the region’s standout summer spots

Monday the 1st s.hemi swell continues with minimal help from the North Pacific with light conditions continue.  Wave heights at standouts should be in the knee to chest high+ range.

Tropical Overview

No tropical cyclones at this time

Long-Range Surf and Swell Forecast

North Pacific Swell Forecast

Long range models are starting to look much more spring like, with weaker activity in the North Pacific.

The storm energy that we do see is very far out west near the Kamchatka Peninsula.  It’s not very ideal for sending swell our way, and will likely result in small insignificant background energy from the WNW-NW (290-310).  Timing would be late next week, but don’t get your hopes up for anything notable.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

The South Pacific quiets down a bit and doesn’t have any notable swell makers right now.  Stay tuned

Austin Gendron

Surf Forecaster