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Surf Forecast - Central California

5 Day Surf Forecast

Forecast Updated:
 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:10 PM

Surf Scale: 3 ft = waist high, 4 ft = chest high, 5 ft = head high, 10 ft =double overhead
Swell Direction is direction swell is coming from. 90°=East, 180°=South, 270°=West, 360-0 = North

Central California Surf Forecast
(Centered on exposed breaks outside Morro Bay)
Day Trend Wind
(kts)
Details
(Swell Number, Swell Size & Period, Arrival Time and Profile)
Waves
(Set wave max face height)
Swell Direction
Friday
8/22
Up some W 1-5 early

Local windswell 2.6 ft @ 9 secs
Tropical Storm Lowell swell to 3.4 ft @ 12 secs later at exposed breaks

2.0-2.5 ft
3.5-4.0 ft
310 degrees
170-175 degrees
Saturday
8/23
Up some NW 1-5 early

Local windswell 2.6 ft @ 8 secs
Hurricane Lowell swell building to 4.2 ft @ 12-13 secs at exposed breaks
New Zealand swell 1.8 ft @ 17-18 secs later

2.0-2.5 ft
4.5-5.0 ft
3.0 ft
310 degrees
175-180 degree
220 degrees
Sunday
8/24
Holding W 1-5 early

Local windswell 2.6 ft @ 8-9 secs
Hurricane Lowell swell fading from 4.2 ft @ 12 secs early at exposed breaks
New Zealand swell 2.0 ft @ 16 secs 

2.0-2.5 ft
4.5-5.0 ft
3.0 ft
310 degrees
180-185 degrees
220 degrees
Monday
8/25
Down some W 1-5 early

Hurricane Lowell swell fading from 3.4 ft @ 11 secs at exposed breaks
New Zealand swell 2.3 ft @ 14-15 secs 

3.0-3.5 ft
3.0 ft
185 degree
220 degrees
Tuesday
8/26
Down some NW 5+ early

Local windswell 2.3 ft @ 7-8 secs
Tropical swell fading from 1.8 ft @ 13 secs at exposed breaks
Sideband New Zealand swell 1.5 ft @ 16-17 secs 

1.5 ft
2.0 ft
2.5 ft
310 degrees
175 degrees
213 degrees
Extended
Outlook
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The local summer time Cape Mendocino pressure gradient is weak and expected to remain so through  next week producing only 15-20 kt north winds limited to the immediate Cape Mendocino area.  Tiny windswell for Central CA. Hurricane Lowell peaked Thurs AM (8/21) with 65 kts winds aimed well to the north. Swell expected for all of CA Fri-Sun (8/24). Maybe more to follow too. Down south a gale developed south of New Zealand on Wed-Fri (8/15) with 38-40 ft seas tracking well to the northeast. Small southern hemi swell expected for the weekend (8/23). A weaker gale followed on Sat (8/16) with 34 ft seas tracking flat east from under New Zealand and mostly shadowed by Tahiti. Small swell by Tues (8/26). The models suggest 2 new gales forming under New Zealand tracking northeast with 30-34 ft seas Mon-Wed (8/27) and maybe higher seas from the second one on Thurs (8/28).  

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Wind Animations:
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