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Santa Cruz County
Wave Heights



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


Today
Today<br>Patchy drizzle and fog.  Cloudy, with a low around 52. West northwest wind around 9 mph.
WednesdayWednesday<br>Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
Thursday
Thursday<br>Patchy fog after 11pm.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Friday
Friday<br>Patchy fog after 11pm.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Saturday
Saturday<br>Patchy fog after 11pm.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Sunday
Sunday<br>Patchy fog.  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Monday
Monday<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
01AM-8mph from the WNW
04AM-7mph from the W
10AM-13mph from the W
01PM-19mph from the W
04PM-22mph from the W
10PM-14mph from the W
01AM-9mph from the WNW
04AM-2mph from the NNE
10AM-12mph from the W
01PM-20mph from the W
04PM-20mph from the W
10PM-19mph from the W
01AM-7mph from the W
04AM-7mph from the W
10AM-9mph from the W
01PM-21mph from the W
04PM-21mph from the W
10PM-18mph from the W
01AM-7mph from the WNW
04AM-7mph from the WNW
10AM-1mph from the NNE
01PM-8mph from the WNW
04PM-8mph from the WNW
10PM-12mph from the WNW
01AM-6mph from the NW
04AM-6mph from the NW
10AM-5mph from the NW
01PM-8mph from the WNW
04PM-8mph from the WNW
10PM-12mph from the WNW
01AM-6mph from the NW
04AM-6mph from the NW
10AM-5mph from the NW
01PM-5mph from the W
04PM-5mph from the W
10PM-13mph from the WNW
01AM-5mph from the NW
04AM-5mph from the NW
10AM-3mph from the N
01PM-7mph from the WNW
04PM-7mph from the WNW
10PM-10mph from the W


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