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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


Tonight
Tonight<br>A 10 percent chance of showers after 4am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West northwest wind 13 to 18 mph becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
Wednesday NightWednesday Night<br>A 20 percent chance of showers.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east in the evening.  New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Thursday Night
Thursday Night<br>A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 17 to 22 mph becoming east northeast 7 to 12 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Friday Night
Friday Night<br>Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
Saturday Night
Saturday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Sunday Night
Sunday Night<br>Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Monday Night
Monday Night<br>A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
12AM-7mph from the NNW
03AM-5mph from the NE
09AM-3mph from the N
12PM-10mph from the WSW
03PM-15mph from the W
09PM-8mph from the NW
12AM-5mph from the NE
03AM-5mph from the E
09AM-6mph from the ESE
12PM-6mph from the SE
03PM-11mph from the W
09PM-12mph from the W
12AM-8mph from the N
03AM-8mph from the N
09AM-4mph from the NNE
12PM-18mph from the WNW
03PM-18mph from the WNW
09PM-18mph from the WNW
12AM-11mph from the NW
03AM-11mph from the NW
09AM-8mph from the N
12PM-7mph from the N
03PM-7mph from the N
09PM-8mph from the NNW
12AM-5mph from the NNW
03AM-5mph from the NNW
09AM-4mph from the ENE
12PM-3mph from the WSW
03PM-3mph from the WSW
09PM-10mph from the WNW
12AM-5mph from the NW
03AM-5mph from the NW
09AM-2mph from the NNW
12PM-4mph from the NW
03PM-4mph from the NW
09PM-13mph from the WNW
12AM-6mph from the NNW
03AM-6mph from the NNW
09AM-4mph from the WNW
12PM-4mph from the WNW
03PM-4mph from the WNW
09PM-9mph 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