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The Surf & Weather Forecast for

Southern California

May 26, 2016

BETTER RUN OF SOUTHERN HEMI ON THE WAY FOR NEXT WEEK

SHORT RANGE SURF FORECAST OVERVIEW

Windswell picked up a little Thursday but will ease again on Friday as we head into the weekend.  Southerly exposures will start to see some new S-SSE (170-180) arriving Saturday bringing a few playful waves through the weekend.  The real fun starts early next week though.  Two pulses of S-SSW (180-190) are going to show up back to back Monday and Tuesday, building on each other to bring some solid surf to southerly exposures mid-next week.  Looks like size could linger a few days too.  Read more for details. 

Get the live buoy forecast graph here – http://solspot.com/buoy/oceanside-offshore/forecast.

Note: only minor updates today.  I’m going camping, and there isn’t much new to report.  There was a little extra windswell in the water Thursday morning thanks to ridging over the NE Pacific.  It’s not looking like anything too impressive, but there could be a few knee to waist high+ waves lingering along the W-NW exposed coast through Friday morning.  A thermal trough pushing towards the coast should mean warmer temperatures and the W-NW gradient easing a little bit (possibly even turning offshore Saturday and Sunday).  So likely smaller and weaker Saturday and Sunday, with maybe a few surfable waves at better W-NW exposures.

This weekend we should start to see the first in a series of southern hemi swells that will begin to kick off a run of better surf for next week.  It’s going to start off small at first though with a weak S-SSE (170-180) arriving with 16 to 17 seconds mid to late Saturday and a little bit of background energy from the SW (225-230) on Sunday.  A mix of better energy is due to arrive Monday though.

New S (180-190) swell arriving with 18 to 19-second periods early Monday (Memorial Day).  It will be followed by a second reinforcing/overlapping pulse on Tuesday as the first one peaks.  Individually each of the swells should bring about 3 feet of deepwater swell, and combined we’re looking at 5-6 feet of deepwater swell with periods in the 15-18 second range during the peak Wednesday/Thursday of next week.  Wave heights are currently estimated to be running waist to head high+ with a few better standouts seeing set waves in the overhead-a couple feet overhead+ range or bigger when everything comes together.  Looks like conditions should be favorable for a lot of the coast as well thanks to high pressure holding through the first half of the week…. Might want to start putting together a plan for getting out of work mid-next week.

Tropical Overview

LONG-RANGE SURF AND SWELL FORECAST

North Pacific Swell Forecast

Long-range models for the North Pacific are showing a blocking ridge setting up off the West Coast, with no notable swells or storms in the works at the moment.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Not much going on in the South Pacific through most of the long-range forecast.

There might be some weak background energy through the first weak of June or so, but nothing major.  The only notable swell maker doesn’t show up until late in the forecast…

It looks like the Jet Stream and the storm track could line up together later next week allowing for some solid fetch to brew S-SE of New Zealand.  It’s still waaaayyy too early to call, but we could be looking at some new swell for late in the second week of June.  I’ll have more info for you early next week though… Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, and remember to thank the soldiers that have made it possible for us to take Tuesday and Wednesday of next week off to surf our brains out after a 3-day weekend.

The next long-range forecast will be posted on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Austin Gendron
Surf Forecaster

www.solspot.com


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