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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


Overnight
Overnight<br>Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Sunday NightSunday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming west 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Monday Night
Monday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday Night
Tuesday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 78.
Wednesday Night
Wednesday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday Night
Thursday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 72.
Friday Night
Friday Night<br>Sunny, with a high near 72.
01AM-5mph from the E
04AM-5mph from the ENE
10AM-4mph from the SSW
01PM-14mph from the WSW
04PM-15mph from the W
10PM-7mph from the N
01AM-6mph from the ENE
04AM-4mph from the ENE
10AM-3mph from the S
01PM-14mph from the W
04PM-16mph from the W
10PM-12mph from the WNW
01AM-4mph from the E
04AM-4mph from the E
10AM-3mph from the NNE
01PM-13mph from the W
04PM-13mph from the W
10PM-11mph from the W
01AM-5mph from the ENE
04AM-5mph from the ENE
10AM-3mph from the ENE
01PM-2mph from the E
04PM-2mph from the E
10PM-5mph from the WSW
01AM-2mph from the ENE
04AM-2mph from the ENE
10AM-3mph from the NE
01PM-1mph from the S
04PM-1mph from the S
10PM-5mph from the WSW
01AM-1mph from the N
04AM-1mph from the N
10AM-3mph from the N
01PM-4mph from the NW
04PM-4mph from the NW
10PM-7mph from the WNW
01AM-4mph from the NNW
04AM-4mph from the NNW
10AM-4mph from the NNW
01PM-4mph from the WNW
04PM-4mph from the WNW
10PM-6mph 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