Santa Cruz County
Wave Heights

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

Overnight<br>Widespread haze. Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Friday NightFriday Night<br>Widespread haze. Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 44. West wind around 6 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
Saturday Night
Saturday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable  in the evening.
Sunday Night
Sunday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Monday Night
Monday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Tuesday Night
Tuesday Night<br>A slight chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Wednesday Night
Wednesday Night<br>A slight chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
01AM-4mph from the NE
04AM-2mph from the W
10AM-4mph from the N
01PM-8mph from the W
04PM-10mph from the W
10PM-4mph from the W
01AM-4mph from the NE
04AM-5mph from the NNE
10AM-4mph from the NE
01PM-14mph from the W
04PM-14mph from the W
10PM-10mph from the W
01AM-3mph from the N
04AM-3mph from the N
10AM-4mph from the ENE
01PM-12mph from the W
04PM-12mph from the W
10PM-12mph from the W
01AM-2mph from the NE
04AM-2mph from the NE
10AM-3mph from the E
01PM-5mph from the S
04PM-5mph from the S
10PM-4mph from the SW
01AM-2mph from the E
04AM-2mph from the E
10AM-3mph from the E
01PM-6mph from the S
04PM-6mph from the S
10PM-6mph from the S
01AM-4mph from the E
04AM-4mph from the E
10AM-5mph from the SSE
01PM-8mph from the S
04PM-8mph from the S
10PM-8mph from the S
01AM-5mph from the S
04AM-5mph from the S
10AM-6mph from the S
01PM-8mph from the S
04PM-8mph from the S
10PM-8mph from the S

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