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North and Central California Surf Report

This surf report contains buoy data and images that depict the current state of the ocean and atmosphere within the North and Central California swell window. Use this page to track storms, observe arriving swells, and determine winds and tides at your beach.


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Ocean Beach Real-time
Surfpulse.com
Fort Funston Real-time
No real ocean view but good wind data
San Luis Obispo Every 60 secs
Pacificcoasttravelinfo.com

 

 

Buoy Overview Map
(Click on a buoy for more detailed information)
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute

 

Java Buoy Report (Scripps Research Institute)

 

 

Stormsurf Buoys
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

 

 

Pacific Buoys
(Organized in 'hit order' from North to South)
For a full list of Pacific Ocean buoys, click here

Current Observations Swell Forecast
Buoy Number Buoy Name Primary Observation Secondary Observation Spectral Density of Current Observation 6 hr Hindcast & 180 hr Forecast
(NOAA OMB)
CANADA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1
Buoy Map 2
 
46184 N. Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
46004 Middle Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
46036 South Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
US NW COAST
Well Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
46006 South Papa NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Middle
46005 Washington NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46002 Oregon NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
46041 Central Elizabeth NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46029 Columbia River Bar NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Grays Harbor (9 Band) SRI      
46050 Stonewall Bank NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
NORTH & CENTRAL CA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Map 1 North
& South
   
46059 California NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
46027 St Georges NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
46022 Eel River NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
46030 Blunts Reef NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
  Cape Mendocino (9 Band) SRI      
46014 Point Arena NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46013 Bodega Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Pt Reyes (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
46026 San Francisco NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46012 Half Moon Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Santa Cruz (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
46042 Monterey Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46028 Central San Martin NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46062 Pt San Luis NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Diablo Canyon (9 Band) SRI      
46011 Santa Maria NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46023 Point Arguello NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46063 Pt Conception NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Harvest (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
  San Nicholas Is. (9 Band) SRI      
46025 Catalina RDG NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46047 Tanner Banks NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
  San Pedro (9 Band) SRI      
  Oceanside (9 Band) SRI      
  Pt. La Jolla (9 Band) SRI     Forecast
SOUTHWEST TROPICAL PACIFIC (See N. Hawaii North Shore for buoy map)
51028 Christmas Island NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  • SRI = Links to the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) data server for 9 band Directional Spectra
  • CDIP = Links to the Coastal Data Information Program data server for Directional Spectra
  • NDBC = National Data Buoy Center - Primary Source for Wave and Wind Observations
  • Wave Met = Links to the NDBC FTP server which is often up when the prime web server is down.
    Two links provided: One to detailed 'Wave' data, the other to 'Meteorlogical' data (including Significant Sea heights). Heights are in meters, Time in GMT/UTC. Field descriptions can be found here: Wave Met
  • Spec Dens = Links to the National Data Buoy Center. Dispalys the amount of energy in each spectral band by period.
  • Buoy Forecast is from the Wavewatch III Wave Model courtesy of NOAA OMB.
    Tabular display tracks up to 6 swells as they converge on any buoy simultaneously. Identifies Significant Wave Height, Swell Height, Period and Direction hourly for the previous 12 hours and 72 hours into the future. Wherever possible, the Regional Model is used to increase accuracy. Heights are in meters, Period in seconds. Direction indicates where the swell is heading. Add or substract 180 degrees to calcuate where it came from.

 

 

Spectral Density
(Buoy 46042)

 

 

Directional Spectral Maps
Courtesy: Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)

Pt Reyes

 

 

Monterey Bay

 

 

Central Coast

 

 

Swell Trend for Offshore Buoy 46059
Courtesy: National Data Buoy Center NDBC

Swell Height (in ft) & Period (in secs)

 

 

Wind Conditions via RUC2 Model
(updated every 3 hours)
Courtesy: NOAA FSL

 

 

Coastal Conditions Link (updated every 3 hours)

 

 

Northeast Pacific Satellite Image with AVN Model Overlay
Courtesy: San Fracisco State University

 

 

Full Pacific Satellite Image
Courtesy: Naval Research Laboratory
Click for full size image

Click for full sized image.

 

 

Northeast Pacific Ocean Surface Level Pressure and Winds from the MM-5 Model
Courtesy: University of Washington
(Updated twice per day)

 

 

Northern California Infrared Satellite Image with Observation Overlay
Courtesy: San Francisco State University

 

 

Current Global Winds Via WindSat Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Local Marine Wind Conditions Via WindSat Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

NOAA 00hr Wavewatch III Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Full Pacific

Height Period

 

 

North Pacific

Height Period

 

 

Current 00hr SE Pacific NOAA Wave Model
(Uses NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model)
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute

Height Period

 

Stormsurf Buoy Forecasts
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

 

Tides
Courtesy: Biological Sciences: University of South Carolina

Crescent City, California
Humboldt Bay, California
Golden Gate Bridge, California Current
San Francisco, California (2)
San Francisco, California
Ocean Beach, California
Half Moon Bay, California
Santa Cruz, California
Elkhorn, California
Moss Landing, California
Monterey Harbor, California
Morro Beach, Estero Bay, California
Morro Bay, California
Port San Luis, California

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