New Swell Classification Guidelines (Winter)
Significant: Winter - Swell 8 ft @ 14 secs or greater (11+ ft faces) for 8+ hours (greater than double overhead). Summer - Head high or better.
Advanced: Winter - Swell and period combination capable of generating faces 1.5 times overhead to double overhead (7-10 ft) Summer - Chest to head high.
Intermediate: Winter - Swell and period combination generating faces at head high to 1.5 times overhead (4-7 ft). Summer - Waist to chest high.
Impulse/Windswell: Winter - Swell and period combination generating faces up to head high (1-4 ft) or anything with a period less than 11 secs. Summer - up to waist high swell. Also called 'Background' swell.
On Sunday (10/18) North and Central California was getting more very limited windswell coming from the Gulf of Alaska in the waist to chest high range depending on the break with onshore winds and pretty junky. Southern California was looking decent with the same wrap around north windswell and limited southern hemi background swell producing clean waist to chest high sets up north at top breaks and more in the waist high range and fairly clean down south. Hawaii's North Shore had low grade windswell of indeterminate source at waist high and kinda chunky. The East Shore had waist high plus locally generated east windswell and chopped. The South Shore was the call with Swell #5S hitting at 3 ft @ 16 secs producing waves 2 ft overhead and clean.
The forecast for North and Central CA is for weak but rideable windswell to continue for the next few days at chest high Monday then being enhanced by limited windswell energy from the Gulf of Alaska to head high Tuesday and Wednesday wit southern hemi swell in the mid Tues and Wed at waist to chest high too. Southern California is to also get very limited thigh high windswell energy from the same source, but the southern hemi swell is likely to be more pronounced at waist to chest high with top spots pushing head high on Tuesday and early Wednesday. The North Shore of Hawaii is to remain very small until Wednesday when sideband energy from a storm forecast for the Gulf starts arriving early at 2-3 ft overhead fading into Thursday. The East Shore is to continue with easterly windswell at waist high Monday pushing chest high Tuesday then down to waist high Wednesday and Thursday. The South Shore is to hold decently into Monday morning at head high then dropping off pretty fast at chest high Tuesday AM and waist high on Wednesday (details below).
Longterm the Active Phase of the MJO is in-control and looking to help enhance the odds for storm development in the weeks ahead. The remnants of Tropical Storm Nepartak are to generate winds and seas pushing 19 ft late Sunday off the Northern CA coast, good for some windswell there 2 days later. And a much stronger storm system is on the charts for Monday and Tuesday in the Western Gulf generating up to 60 kts winds and 38 ft seas over a small area aimed mostly east, favoring the US West coast though sideband energy is expected down into Hawaii too. After that a series of weak gales are forecast generating limited 18-20 ft seas, one on the dateline and one in the westerly Gulf early next weekend. So a little more swell might result but nothing over the top. We're still waiting for the core of the Fall season to kick into gear, which is hasn't done just yet.
SHORT- TERM FORECAST
Current marine weather and wave analysis plus forecast conditions for the next 72 hours
On Sunday (10/18) the North Pacific jetstream continued running almost flat on the 38N latitude (pretty far south) with a trough starting to develop on the dateline with 150 kts winds flowing into it and a second trough with 120 kt winds off the North CA coast. Both looked to have a bit of support for surface level gale development. Over the next 72 hrs the trough off California is to push onshore Monday with the southern tip reaching down to San Francisco perhaps ushering in a hint of precipitation there. But the real focus is to be on the dateline trough, forecast building solidly for a short window Monday with up to 180 kt winds pushing into it just north of Hawaii and tracking east, dissipating almost completely by Tuesday in the Central Gulf. Decent support for storm development if all goes as forecast. Beyond 72 hours continued decent energy is to be flowing flat off Japan (no troughing) at 140 kts focused mostly in the West Pacific slowly easing east into the weekend. A very weak trough might set up on the dateline Saturday (10/24) but on the back end of the energy pocket, meaning a slight energetic ridge is likely over the East Pacific and not real conducive to surface level gale formation.
At the surface on Sunday (10/18) the faint remnants of Tropical Storm Nepartak were tracking east through the Eastern Gulf of Alaska producing 30-35 kt northwest winds with seas on the increase, forecast to 18 ft at 40N 145W late morning and likely generating limited windswell for Central CA by Wednesday. Also a new gale was trying to organize on the dateline with 30 kt west winds at 35N 174W (see details below - Possible Gulf Storm). Otherwise weak high pressure at 1020 mbs was north of Hawaii generating trades at 15-20 kts over the Hawaiian Islands and producing limited east windswell along East facing Shores there. Over the next 72 hours the remnants of Nepartak are to push over North CA Monday (10/19) bringing light rain as far south as the south end of the SF Bay area, but no further. And all fetch from this system is to totally dissipate before arrival of the rain. Of far more interest is to be the evolution of the low pressure system pushing east from the dateline and getting enhanced by a favorable jetstream flow aloft. At the same time high pressure is to build a little off the South CA coast, ridging into Central CA later Tuesday with north winds on the increase over all of the state then focusing on Central CA for Wed Thurs and beyond.
Gulf Storm (updated Mon PM)
A new gale was trying to organize on the dateline Sunday AM (10/18) with 30 kt west winds modeled at 35N 174W. As usual, the model do no pick up the subtleties of what is really going on, with the QuikSCAT satellite confirming winds at 50 kts in it's west quadrant at 38N 168W at 10 AM. This fetch was building Sunday PM and wrapping into the south quadrant with 55-60 kt winds confirmed over a small area in the storms south quadrant at 40N 164W targeting Hawaii initially down the 336 degree path and the US west coast up the 288 degree path (NCal). Seas building fast, likely at 30 ft even though the models did not depict it (only 20 ft at 38N 167W). To support that premise, the Jason-1 satellite passed over the tail end of the fetch at 06Z and confirmed seas at 23.6 ft (10 reading average) where the model suggested barely 18 ft (6 ft difference).
By Monday AM (10/19) the storm was lifting northeast with 50-55 kt with some barbs to 60 kts blowing from the west in-place in the storms south quadrant at 42N 159W aimed right up the 290 degree path to Central CA. Seas were modeled at 30 ft at 40N 159W, but that was likely low. In the evening 55 kt west fetch is to continue at 43N 153W all aimed due east or right up the 292 degree path to Central CA on up into Oregon. A small but decent area of 38 ft seas are forecast at 43N 154W (296 deg NCal).
Tuesday AM (10/20) a fading fetch of 45 kt west wind is forecast at 45N 150W generating more 37 ft seas at 44N 142W targeting the Pacific Northwest and points north of there and NCal up the 302 degree path with with 36 ft seas just barely on the 296 degree path into Central CA. In the evening a broad fetch of 40-45 kt west winds is to hold at 46N 150W aimed right up the 302 degree path to the east (NCal) resulting in 37 ft seas at 45-46N 145W pushing 25 degree east of the 303 degree route into Central CA and targeting the Pacific Northwest up into British Columbia.
On Wednesday AM fading 35 kt fetch is forecast at 49N 147W targeting only Central British Columbia down into Washington with 35 ft seas still occurring at 48N 143W. This system to dissipate after that.
At this time things are progressing close to what was modeled, other than the usual inability of the models to detect the early ramp up of winds in a storm and the sudden increase in seas. The model typically runs 6-12 hours behind reality. Regardless, this system had been on the charts for almost a week before it formed and is now doing what was advertised with little waiver in strength or heading, improving the odds that swell will develop. This system bears monitoring in that it has the potential to produce longer period swell with a little size for the US West Coast and maybe even some limited sideband energy for the Hawaiian Islands. It is not a large system and is not overtly powerful from a historical perspective, but is a nice little early season storm (if 60 kt winds are considered garden variety). But from an El Nino perspective, this is run of the mill. Utility class swell is likely for Hawaii with perhaps something more for the US West Coast.
North Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height
California Nearshore Forecast
On Sunday a weak high pressure pattern was barely in control off the South CA coast resulting in limited 15 kt north winds near Pt Conception, but that was all. The remnants of Tropical Storm Nepartak were just off the North CA coast and pushing east, expected to move onshore late Monday producing rain over Northern CA down to the south end the Bay in San Francisco. 15-20 kt north winds are forecast over Pt Conception, but that's it. Light winds elsewhere. Then on Tuesday (10/20) as a modest storm pushes through the Gulf of Alaska high pressure off the Southern CA coast is to get a little better footing, with north winds expanding up into Pt Arena late and south into Baja. The high is to hold at 1020 mbs Wednesday generating generalized north winds at 15 kts from Pt Arena southward and pushing 20 kts off Big Sur, continuing Thursday and expanding Friday as more high pressure builds in with the dispersal of the storm in the Gulf. North winds at 15-20 kts are forecast over all of North and Central CA though next weekend pretty much hacking things up. Southern CA is to remain mostly protected from all of this.
With the MJO in the Active Phase, net tropical activity is up:
Super Hurricane Rick peaked between 2-4 UTC on Sun (10/18) or at 5-7 PM Sat with sustained winds 155 kts (180 mph). and positioned 450 nmiles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas Baja, Mexico. No fetch was in the Southern CA swell window. Rick is to continue on a near northerly course, perhaps just barely moving into the Southern Ca swell window for breaks west of Pt Dume on Monday AM (10/19) at 17.6N 111.1W with winds 140 kts (160 mph), still at Cat 5 status. This would put it 1000 nmiles away from Pt Dume. But with the track continuing almost due north if not veering more northeast, only about 12 hours of exposure are expected between Pt Dume and Pt Conception. Assuming a period of 15 secs, expect swell arrival 43 hrs later, or Wednesday (10/21) at 1 AM and continuing into late morning. Swell Direction to be 153 degrees.
Super Typhoon Lupit was located roughly 600 nmiles east of the Northern Philippines with sustained winds 130 kts (150 mph) drifting northeast, effectively directionless. A turn back to the west is expected in 24 hours with Lupit accelerating some and starting to loose a little strength, passing over the northern tip of the Philippines on Thurs (10/22) in the morning (12Z).with winds down to 110 kts. This is to still be a strong system and moving over land that got drenched from Tropical Storm Parma just a week or so earlier. There is some remote odds for small swell to be radiating east towards Hawaii and California from this system Saturday and Sunday (10/18) terminating at 17.6N 134E, due to it's intense strength and track to the northeast. Possible arrival in Hawaii from 281 degrees on Sat AM (10/24), and NCal from 294 degrees on Mon PM (10/26) assuming a period of 17 secs. Size to be tiny through, so this is more s physics exercise than anything.
At the surface on Sunday (10/18) no swell producing fetch was occurring or forecast over the next 72 hours with a steady zonal flow in control.
New Zealand Gale- Storm 5S
A gale low quickly build under New Zealand Friday AM with 45-50 kts southwest winds at 58S 165E. By late Friday (10/9) with 45-50 kt southwest winds at 59S 163E producing 30-31 ft seas at 60S 160E, barely off the northern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.
By Saturday AM (10/10) 35-40 kt southwest winds were fading at 55S 178E pushing east-northeast resulting in a solid sized area of 37 ft seas at 55S 172E (from previous day fetch), then fading from 32 ft in the evening at 53S 178W. The highest seas were on the 214 degree path to SCal and partially shadowed by Tahiti and on the 213 degree path to NCal and totally unshadowed. They were on the 196 degree path to Hawaii.
A fade was occurring Sunday AM (10/11) as the fetch was fading from 40 kts at 45S 172W. 35 ft seas were modeled at 48S 175W unshadowed for NCal but shadowed for SCal on the 213 degree path. In the evening residual 40 kt winds are forecast with 35 ft seas at 45S 165W from the 209 degree path to CA and shadowed for all regions, and the 187 degree path to HI, then fading out.
No Jason-1 satellite passes occurred to verify seas heights other than one early in the systems life (Fri AM) and it was exactly in-line with the models. A good shot of moderate significant class southern hemi swell (17 secs) seems likely for Tahiti and Hawaii with decent but non-significant class size for US West Coast in the days ahead.
Hawaii: Swell is to be fading from 3.3 ft @ 14-15 secs on Monday (4.5-5.0 ft faces) dropping from 2.6 ft @ 13-14 secs (3.5-4.0 ft faces) Tuesday (10/20). Swell Direction: 192-196 degrees
SCal: Expect swell arrival late on Mon (10/19) with swell 1.6 ft @ 18 secs 92.5-3.0 ft faces) and size slowly building. Swell building to 2.3 ft @ 17 secs late Tuesday (4 ft faces with top spots to 5 ft). More energy holding on Wednesday (10/21) with swell 2.0-2.3 ft @ 15-16 secs (3.0-3.5 ft faces) , then heading down on Thursday with swell 2 ft @ 14-15 secs (3 ft faces). A nice little run of southern hemi swell if it is not overrun by north swell from the Gulf. Swell Direction 213-214 degrees
NCal: Expect swell arrival on Tuesday (10/20) at 2.0 ft @ 17-18 secs (3.5-4.0 ft faces with top spots to near 5 ft). More energy holding on Wednesday (10/21) with swell 2.3 ft @ 16 secs (3.5-4.0 ft faces) , then heading down on Thursday with swell 2 ft @ 15 secs (3 ft faces). Swell Direction 211-212 degrees
South Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height
Marine weather and forecast conditions 3-10 days into the future
Beyond 72 hours more follow on energy is to develop getting sucked into the remnants of the Gulf storm (above) generating a fetch of 35 kt southwest winds in the Gulf on Wed (10/21). More 18 ft seas to result with limited windswell pushing towards Central CA and points north of there. And another weak fetch of 30-35 kt northwest winds are forecast tracking southeast off Kamchatka towards the dateline Thurs/Fri (10/23) resulting in 20 ft seas almost reaching the dateline, offering windswell mostly for the Hawaiian Islands early next week if all goes as planned. Maybe some weaker fetch to develop in the Gulf too on Thurs/Fri at 35 kts resulting in 18 ft seas, setting up possible windswell for Central California northward early next week. But in all, after the Gulf Storm, things to settle down.
MJO/ENSO Update (reference): As of Sunday PM (10/18) the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) continued in the Active Phase, and strongly so if the SOI is any indicator. The ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) index was moving hard negative. The Daily SOI index was at -40.16, the second day in a row at that magnitude attributable to low pressure under Tahiti and high pressure over Darwin Aus . (12 days in a row solidly negative and 24 consecutive days nearly negative/not positive) The 30 day average was down to -6.21 and the 90 average was down to -2.93. This is looking more like El Nino now. The SOI index is likely to continue heading down for the days ahead driven by the Active Phase of the MJO.
Wind anomalies at the 850 mb level (approx 5000 ft up) as defined by models indicated light westerly anomalies in the Western Pacific over the dateline and extending east to a point southeast of Hawaii. Mild eastern anomalies associated with the Inactive Phase of the MJO were starting to build south of India. The Active Phase is to continue in the Pacific tracking east in 10/27, with a dead neutral pattern setting up after that through 11/6. The current configuration and strength suggest that the MJO signal does in-fact die during El Nino events. Guess we'll have to see what occurs in the next few weeks. Our belief is that the mid-to-late October timeframe still looks like a good window for support of North Pacific Storm development, moving slowly from the West Pacific tropics towards the Central Pacific (Hawaii and the Western Gulf of Alaska). With the advent of Super Hurricane Rick in the East Pacific, the Active Phase has apparently made it into the East Pacific.
Sea Surface Temp anomaly data (10/12) indicates more subtle changes over the past month, with the area of warmer than normal water expanding it's grip on the equator starting on the dateline and building east into Central/South America with temps holding at 2.0-3.0 deg C above normal in the east. This is suggestive of a weak to moderate El Nino. The expanse of the warmer waters continues to build north of the equator, solidifying it's grip up the coast of Mexico and Baja (though still retreated from Southern and Northern CA - the result of a local north wind/high pressure event last week forced by the last push of the Inactive Phase of the MJO), and extending west almost to Hawaii then southwest to the dateline. If anything, this area is looking even stronger than a week ago. Effectively there is a broad wide triangle of warmer than normal water extending from just south of San Diego southwest just under Hawaii and on to the intersection of the equator and the dateline, then tracking southeast on to Northern Peru. This is not historically anything exceptional, but clearly a moderate El Nino just the same. In reviewing surface water temp anomalies over the past decade and more, this is in no way similar to the monumental ENSO event of '97/98. But as previously stated, it still surpasses any event since then (over the last 12 years) in terms of either water temps or areal coverage. And the warm pool is holding if not subtly building in areal coverage, though not building in intensity. Cooler than normal waters we had been monitoring off Africa have totally faded out.
Below the surface on the equator things continue to look most positive, better than a week ago. A steady flow of warmer than normal subsurface water continues tracking from the West Pacific (150 m below the surface) under the dateline and breaking the surface near Central America as it has for months now. The Kelvin Wave we had been tracking over the past months has reached Central America with the core moving into the coast. This Kelvin Wave was the result of a Westerly Wind Burst (WWB) in the West Pacific from 7/25-8/2. We still expect to see surface water temperatures jump up in Oct off Central America as this Kelvin wave disperses, feeding the developing warm water pool there and fueling El Nino. The good news is that another core of 2 deg warm water that first appeared under the dateline on 9/17 moving east to 175W by 9/22 and 172W on 9/24, then built to 3 degrees above normal (9/29) was still growing as of 10/18 at 160W. Latest data on 10/18 suggests it was continuing to intensify, with temps pushing 4 degrees C above normal. This is a new Kelvin Wave, one we'd been looking for associated with a persistent weak westerly surface wind flow that had been in-place west of the dateline from 9/8-9/17. It is expected to reach the coast of Ecuador late December, about at the peak of whatever El Nino will be in place for this winter. So all looks good for maintaining the existing warm pool for a while if not building it.
On 10/1 a solid patch of westward winds were depicted in-control of the West Pacific with strong west anomalies extending to almost the dateline. This had been in-play since 9/27 and was associated with tropical systems Parma and Melor. This was good news. A full on Westerly Wind Burst was in effect. As of 10/3 fully blowing west winds were subsiding, though westerly anomalies continued reaching to the dateline. And by 10/6 just light west winds were in effect west of the dateline. But then again on 10/7 another group of fully blowing west winds were depicted extending all the way to the dateline, with decent force too. Anomalies were in full effect to the dateline and beyond to the east. On 10/11 light west winds were still in effect to the dateline with solid anomalies over the dateline and to a point south of Hawaii. And by 10/13 a light west flow was in effect with full west anomalies still in place to the dateline and east to about Hawaii fading some into 10/18 but still light west winds were west of the dateline and anomalies east of there. This remains very good news and is likely associated with the current new Active Phase of the MJO. Of much interest were the anomalies from climatological norms, with western anomalies blowing solidly in the region west of the dateline and now solid westerly anomalies were moving into the the region east of the dateline to a point south of Hawaii. This is the first such event for this El Nino and if anything was on the upswing. It has been holding for a week now, likely qualifying it as a new and distinct Westerly Wind Burst. For weeks now (since 9/8) a moderate westerly anomaly has been in-play from the west up to the dateline. These westerly anomalies started with Typhoon Dujuan and continued with Choi-Wan gently feeding the subsurface warm water flow. And then with Parma, Melor and Nepartak, that flow was enhanced. At this time all these anomalies appear to be consolidating the resulting warm waters into one strong Kelvin Wave, the one currently pushing east from the dateline (see above). This one is expected to reinforce the Kelvin Wave currently impacting Central America. .
At this time we are saying this developing El Nino is past the critical juncture and will survive in some fashion with effects continuing in the atmosphere until at least the Spring of next year. All data suggests this will not be a strong El Nino, more likely a weak to moderate one. NOAA's most recent update (10/8) forecasts the same outcome, though hints at a possible intensification (but not likely). A solid accumulation of warm water in the equatorial East Pacific is evidence in-favor of continued development. As long as there continues to be WWB's (as there obviously is), then warm water will be migrating east, and the warm water pattern will hold if not build, and the atmosphere above it will respond in-kind to the change (towards El Nino). At this point there is no evidence to suggest this El Nino will stall or dissipate. The only remaining question is whether it will hold, or grow. And current data indicates that the warm pool will hold if not slowly build. And historically it is already larger and strong than any other in the past 12 years.
The next milestone we're monitoring is development of this Active Phase of the MJO occurring now (10/3). The models indicate it is moderate in strength and should hold for a few weeks. Also water temps need to hold if not build (as is happening now). Our thoughts are that El Nino might gain a little more strength, but not much, with a 2 degree water temp anomaly in the tropical East Pacific the likely outcome. Coverage is pretty solid for this event, but the lack of really high water temp anomalies will likely limit it's strength. Strong El Ninos bring lot's of bad weather to the US West Coast, along with the potential for storm and swell enhancement. A moderate El Nino provides storm and swell enhancement, a gentle but steady push/momentum in-favor of storm development rather than the manic frenzy of a strong El Nino, but without all the weather associated with a strong event. So in many ways a moderate El Nino is more favorable from a surf perspective. As of right now things remain better than anything the Pacific has seen in the past 12 years regarding anomalous sea surface temperatures, besting anything since the big El Nino of 1997. That is very good news. But the lack of anomalous water temps exceeding 3 degrees and an unremarkable SOI suggests a modest El Nino at best. Still, it should be enough to provide storm enhancement, and a better than average winter surf season for the North Pacific, and still likely better than anything in the past 10 years. Better yet, if it's not too strong (as this event appears to be) perhaps it will not degrade into La Nina the year after (which typically happens after stronger El Ninos), but hold in some mild El Nino like state for several years in a row. This would be an even better outcome.
See more details in the new El Nino update.
Beyond 72 hours the models suggest no swell producing fetch to occur.
Details to follow...
External Reference Material: El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO), Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), Kelvin Wave
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