Santa Cruz County
Wave Heights

Near Shore Wave Height Forecast
*Santa Cruz County surf and weather forecast based on Steamer Lane

Tonight<br>Patchy drizzle after 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Monday NightMonday Night<br>Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 19 to 24 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Tuesday Night
Tuesday Night<br>Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Wednesday Night
Wednesday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Thursday Night
Thursday Night<br>Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
Friday Night
Friday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Saturday Night
Saturday Night<br>Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
01AM-11mph from the WNW
04AM-11mph from the W
10AM-9mph from the W
01PM-18mph from the W
04PM-22mph from the W
10PM-9mph from the WNW
01AM-9mph from the WNW
04AM-9mph from the WNW
10AM-10mph from the W
01PM-14mph from the W
04PM-14mph from the W
10PM-14mph from the W
01AM-9mph from the W
04AM-9mph from the W
10AM-6mph from the W
01PM-11mph from the W
04PM-11mph from the W
10PM-12mph from the W
01AM-2mph from the W
04AM-2mph from the W
10AM-2mph from the NNE
01PM-6mph from the SW
04PM-6mph from the SW
10PM-7mph from the SW
01AM-2mph from the S
04AM-2mph from the S
10AM-2mph from the ENE
01PM-4mph from the SW
04PM-4mph from the SW
10PM-7mph from the WSW
01AM-2mph from the WNW
04AM-2mph from the WNW
10AM-2mph from the NNE
01PM-5mph from the SW
04PM-5mph from the SW
10PM-8mph from the SW
01AM-3mph from the SSW
04AM-3mph from the SSW
10AM-2mph from the ESE
01PM-7mph from the W
04PM-7mph from the W
10PM-12mph from the WNW

How this works

This chart shows you 7-days worth of swell/weather/wind information all in place. You have “incoming swell” (in feet) charted by the blue line on the gray graph. You have the weather icons for each day below the graph and you have the wind, speed and direction represented by the directional arrows topped by a blue “wind strength” indicator.

These nearshore wave height forecasts are custom built for each surf region using an average/above-average indicator break as a focal point. These forecasts aren’t just some knock-off of a generic Wavewatch III spectral point being regurgitated, these are true nearshore forecasts that use proprietary algorithms factoring in things like swell windows, island shadowing, bathymetry data, swell-period travel time, and other critical forecast components that tune the nearshore forecast specifically for your region, giving you a good solid overview of incoming swell, weather and wind, so that you can go out and find the best spot to score.

Santa Cruz County Offshore Swell Forecast

How this works

The Offshore Swell Forecast shows you the 7-day forecast starting at the current time and going out from the latest forecast run. Mousing over any part of the graph (any line including the solid shaded area in the background) will pop up a new box near your pointer that shows the DATE/TIME/COMBINED BUOY HEIGHT in the top of the box, and then the specifics of the line you are hovering over like SWELL HEIGHT, SWELL PERIOD, SWELL DIRECTION (both in Simple Compass direction, like Northwest, and specific degrees 308). If you follow the contour of the line you can see hour by hour how that swell behaves over the course of the forecast period.

*Note: clicking on an individual swell in the legend of the chart you can “hide” that data stream making the chart easier to navigate