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The Surf & Weather Forecast for

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February 22, 2018



Breezy onshore winds expected Thursday night through most of the day Friday, especially over the outer waters.  That’s going to mean wind swell on top of small combo swell already in the water.  New WNW-NW (295-310) picks up over the weekend.  Keeping an eye on stormy weather/swell for next Tuesday as well.  Read more for details.

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Winds are expected to remain breezy and onshore Friday, and that means we’re going to be seeing more wind swell filling in through at least the first half of Friday.  Wave heights are expected to be running waist to chest high+, but conditions are going to be pretty choppy and mixed up for the exposed coast.

For southerly exposures that are a little more protected we’re expecting smaller knee to waist high+ surf, but with a southerly element from small S-SSW (190-200).  Conditions are expected to improve Saturday and Sunday in the mornings, with onshores returning in the afternoons.  Surf should hold during that time in the knee to waist high+ range at standouts as new WNW-NW (295-310) adds to the mix.

Things could get a bit more interesting early next week as a trough of low pressure takes hold over the West Coast, and we could see another storm with even some rain associated with it moving down the coast Monday and Tuesday… If that’s the case we can expect another round of wind swell associated with the system, possibly bringing another round of knee to chest high+ surf for the first half of next week.

Here’s what to expect on a day-to-day basis this week:

Thursday the 22nd could see breezy NW winds picking up adding wind swell to the small swell mix.  Wave heights at standouts exposures could be running knee to chest high+ late in the day.

Friday the 23rd new WNW energy arrives as wind swell peaks in the waist to head high range.

Saturday the 24th wind swell eases as WNW-NW builds to a peak late.  Conditions should improve.  Wave heights could be running knee to chest high.

Sunday the 25th WNW swell eases.  Standouts expected to be running knee to waist high+.

Monday the 26th keeping an eye on stormy weather arriving, bringing a new mix of WNW-NW swell/wind swell builds, possibly reaching waist to head high along the exposed coast late in the day.

Tuesday the 27th wind swell mix is expected to peak through the day as the storm moves through.  Wave heights should be running waist to chest high+ still.  Winds expected to be onshore and breezy in the afternoon.

Wednesday the 28th smaller surf expected on Wednesday as wind swell mix eases.  Weak S.hemi and NW energy could keep wave heights in the knee to waist high+ range at standout combo spots.

Tropical Overview

Nothing in the tropics


North Pacific Swell Forecast

Models are showing that trough producing another low that could produce some fetch over the Gulf of Alaska this weekend into early next week. Right now it looks like it could be strong enough to generate some more solid medium-long period NW (300-320) swell for Central California. Southern California is likely to be to sheltered to pick up much of the swell.

Models show another low swinging wider west. IT is more likely to be a wet system for the California coast, and bring better swell to Southern California for next weekend. We’ll have to wait and see though.

South Pacific Swell Forecast

Minimal swell coming out of the South Pacific at this time.

Next long-range forecast expected for Monday the 26th.  

Austin Gendron
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