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Pacific Storm and Surf Forecast
Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 6:27 PM
Buoys: Northern CA - Southern CA - Hawaii - Gulf of Alaska - Pacific Northwest
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Northern CA - Southern CA - Hawaii - Gulf of Alaska - Pacific Northwest
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3.2 - California & 3.1 - Hawaii
Using the 'Winter' Scale
(See Swell Category Table link at bottom of page)

Probability for presence of largest swells in near-shore waters of NCal, SCal or Hawaii.    

Issued for Week of Monday 2/1 thru Sun 2/7

Swell Potential Rating Categories
5 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Significant swell
4 = Good probability for 1-2 days of Significant swell
3 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Intermediate/Advanced swell
2 = Good probability for  1-2 days of
Intermediate/Advanced swell
1 = Good probability for 3 or more days of Impulse or Windswell
0 = Low probability for 1-2 days of Impulse or Windswell   

Local Swell For HI
Storm Track Stabalizes in Far West Pacific

BUOY ROUNDUP
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021 :

  • Buoy 233 (Pearl Harbor Entrance)/Buoy 238 (Barbers Point): Seas were 2.3 ft @ 14.3 secs with swell 1.1 ft @ 14.7 secs from 189 degrees.
  • Buoy 106 (Waimea): This buoy went down on 1/22 at 18:42Z.
  • Buoy 46025 (Catalina RDG): Seas were 3.0 ft @ 13.7 secs with swell 1.5 ft @ 13.6 secs from 288 degrees. Wind at the buoy was northwest at 10-12 kts. Water temperature 57.4 degs. At Harvest Buoy (071) primary swell was 5.5 ft @ 14.5 secs from 300 degrees. At Santa Monica (028) swell was 2.3 ft @ 14.7 secs from 267 degrees. At Oceanside (045) swell was 1.2 ft @ 14.9 secs from 247 degrees. Southward at Point Loma (191) swell was 3.0 ft @ 13.6 secs from 272 degrees.
  • Buoy 46012 (Half Moon Bay)/029 (Pt Reyes): Seas were 10.7 ft @ 13.3 secs with swell 8.2 ft @ 13.3 ft from 303 degrees. Wind at the buoy (012) was west at 4-6 kts. Water temp 51.8 degs (013), 51.6 degs (SF Bar) and 52.9 degs (042).

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Swell Classification Guidelines

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/Utility Class: 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.

Surf Heights for Hawaii should be consider 'Hawaiian Scale' if period exceeds 14 secs.

PACIFIC OVERVIEW
Current Conditions
On Tuesday (2/2) in North and Central CA waves were head high to 1 ft overhead at top spots with clean surface conditions but with underlying southerly lump. Protected breaks were waist to maybe chest high and clean and lined up but weak with calm winds early and decent form. At Santa Cruz surf was head high to 1 ft overhead on the peak of the sets and clean and soft but with some underlying southerly lump early. In Southern California/Ventura waves were thigh to waist high and fairly clean and weak. Central Orange County was flat and ruffled and mushed breaking on the beach and unrideable. South Orange County's best summertime breaks were flat to knee high and heavily textured from northwest wind. North San Diego had sets at waist high or so and soft and crumbled and textured from northwest wind. Hawaii's North Shore was small with waves waist high or so at top breaks and clean and weak. getting dateline swell with waves 3-4 ft overhead and lined up but a bit warbled from northerly lump. The South Shore was flat and clean. The East Shore was getting east windswell with waves waist to maybe chest high and heavily textured from modest southeast wind.

See QuikCASTs for the 5 day surf overview or read below for the detailed view.

Meteorological Overview
On Tuesday (2/2) California was getting the fading bits of swell from a gale that fell southeast through the Gulf on Fri-Sat (1/30) with 26-27 ft seas aimed southeast. And Sat-Mon (2/1) a small gale developed just off the Kuril Islands producing 26-28 ft seas aimed east then faded while limping to the dateline and trying to redevelop Tues (2/2) while falling towards Hawaii producing 21 ft seas aimed southeast. Another gale is to follow off the Kuril Islands on Fri-Sat (2/6) producing 46 ft seas aimed east but again not tracking east to even the dateline. Another similar gael is projected Mon-Tues (2/9) with up to 39 ft seas tracking east-southeast targeting Hawaii well. The main issue continues to be that the Northeast Pacific has a split jetstream flow aloft resulting in pervasive high pressure at the surface.

See all the details below...

 

SHORT- TERM FORECAST
Current marine weather and wave analysis plus forecast conditions for the next 72 hours

North Pacific

Overview
Jetstream
On Tuesday (2/2) the jet was consolidated pushing east off Japan with winds building to 210 kts falling into a pinched trough just east of the dateline then splitting heavily with the northern branch ridging hard north up to the Alaskan Coast then falling down the coast of the Pacific Northwest then moving inland from there. There was limited support for gale development in the pinched dateline trough. At the split point the southern branch of the jet was was falling southeast tracking just north of Hawaii and pushing towards the equator. Over the next 72 hours the trough just east of the dateline is to ease east more but remain very pinched and then start fading north of Hawaii on Fri (2/5) offering no support for gale development. The ridge is to hold in the east. Winds speeds are to be fading to 150 kts in the core of the jet pushing off Japan. No support for gale development is forecast. Beyond 72 hours winds are to start rebuilding in the jet off Japan to 180 kts on Mon (2/8) falling southeast carving out a new trough off the Kuril Islands with that the trough moving east to almost the dateline on Tues (2/9) offering some support for gale development. But the jet is to remain split on the dateline with the northern branch weak and lifting north up to the Bering Sea then evaporating with most energy in the southern branch pushing directly over Hawaii starting later Sun (2/7) offering only weather there.

Surface Analysis
On Tuesday (2/2) swell from
a gale that developed in the Eastern Gulf focused on the US West Coast was hitting California but on it's way down (See New Gulf Gale below). And swell from a gale previously off Japan was radiating east (see Japan Gale below).

Over the next 72 hours a secondary fetch from a previous gale off Japan (see Japan Gale below) reformed weakly on the dateline Mon PM (2/1) generating 35 kt northwest winds over a small area with 25 ft at 36.5N 175E aimed southeast. On Tues AM (2/2) the gale was lifting northeast with 40 kt northwest winds and seas 23 ft at 33.5N 180W aimed southeast over a moderate area. The gale is to ease east in the evening with 30 kt north winds and seas 21 ft at 32N 172W aimed southeast. On Wed AM (2/3) fetch is to fade while falling south fast just 700 nmiles northwest of Hawaii with 30 kt north winds and seas 21 ft at 29N 168W aimed directly at the Islands. In the evening the gale is to ease east with 25 kt northwest winds and 19 ft seas at 29N 164W aimed right at Oahu and in close proximity. Fetch is to start lifting east-northeast and rebuilding for 12 hours Thurs PM (2/4) with 35-40 kt north winds and seas building to 22 ft at 34N 162W then fading. Raw swell likely for the Islands.

Oahu: For planning purposes expect raw swell arrival on Thurs (2/4) building to 9.0 ft @ 14-15 secs mid-day (12 ft). Residuals fading on Fri (2/5) from 8.1 ft @ 13-14 secs early (10.5 ft). More swell continues. Swell Direction: 315-320 degrees

 

New Gulf Gale
On Friday PM (1/29) remnants of the Kamchatka Storm (see above) were redeveloping in the Northern Gulf producing 30-35 kt northwest winds over a broad area with seas building from 27 ft at 47.5N 152W aimed east. On Sat AM (1/3) fetch was falling southeast and fading from 30-35 kts over a solid area off Oregon to British Columbia with 25 ft seas at 45N 150W aimed southeast. In the evening fetch is to be fading from 25+ kts well off North CA with 22 ft seas over a broad area with it's leading edge at 40N 145W aimed southeast. On Sun AM (1/31) fetch is to be gone with seas from previous fetch fading from 18 ft at 37N 142W aimed southeast. The gale is to dissipate from there.

North CA: Swell fading on Tues (2/2) from 6.0 ft @ 13-14 secs (8.0 ft). Residuals on Wed (2/3) fading from 4.0 ft @ 11-12 secs (4.5 ft) with local windswell intermixed Swell Direction: 295-302 degrees

Southern CA: Swell fading on Tues (2/2) from 3.0 ft @ 14 secs (4.0 ft). Residuals on Wed (2/3) fading from 2.6 ft @ 12-13 secs (3.0 ft). Swell Direction: 300--307 degrees

 

Japan Gale
Another gale developed just off Japan starting Sat AM (1/30) with 40 kt west winds and seas building from 28 ft at 39N 149E aimed east. In the evening the gale inched east but mostly lifted north off the Kuril Islands with 30-35 kt northwest winds holding down south and seas 28 ft at 37N 159E aimed east. On Sun AM (1/31) fetch was fading while lifting north at 30-35 kts with seas fading from 25 ft at 35N 165E aimed east. The gale held in the evening with 30-35 kt west winds and seas 24 ft at 36.5N 164E aimed east. The gale fully moved north Mon AM (2/1) with 40 kt west winds pushing off Kamchatka and seas 26 ft up at 49N 162.5E aimed southeast. The gale was fading in the evening with a secondary fetch starting to develop just east of it (see forecast above). Maybe some energy is to result for Hawaii.

Hawaii: Expect swell arrival late on Wed (2/3) building to 4.2 ft @ 15 secs later (6.0 ft). This swell is to be getting overrun by more local swell beyond. Swell Direction: 310 degrees

 

North Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height

 

Tropical Update
No tropical weather system of interest were being monitored.

California Nearshore Forecast

  • On Tuesday (2/2) a front decayed before sunrise with southwest winds 10 kts for North CA early and south 10 kts for Central CA early. Winds turning northwest 10 kts for all of North and Central CA later. Rain for all of North and Central CA down to Morro Bay early and fading through the day and gone on the coast at sunset. Solid snow for Tahoe early building to Yosemite or so in the early evening.
  • Wed (2/3) another local low moves inland over Cape Mendocino early with west winds 20-25 kts early there and northwest 10 kts from there down to Monterey Bay, and 15 kts northwest down to Pt Conception early. Northwest winds 10-15 kts all locations in the late afternoon. No wind of interest for Southern CA all day. Rain falling south from Cape Mendocino early to the Golden Gate later afternoon and dissolving there. Snow showers for Tahoe through the day. r the Southern Sierra later.
  • Thurs (2/4) a pressure gradient and north winds are forecast at 20 kts for North CA north of Bodega Bay with north winds 10 kts south of there. North winds building to 20-25 kts rising to over the Cape Mendocino area later and 10 kts south of there. No rain forecast.
  • Fri (2/5) north winds forecast at 25 kts for Cape Mendocino and 10 kts south of there early to Pt Conception building to 30 kts for Cape Mendocino later and 10+ kts south of there. No precip forecast.
  • Sat (2/6) north winds are forecast at 20-25 kts for Cape Mendocino and 20 kts well off the coast of Central CA but 10 kts nearshore holding all day.
  • Sun (2/7) north winds fading at 15 kts for Cape Mendocino early and 10 kts or less down to Pt Conception and fading to 10 kts or less everywhere later.
  • Mon (2/8) a local low pressure system is to be moving into outer waters with northwest winds 10 kts for North and Central CA early with the low moving up to North CA later with south winds 20 kts for Pt Arena northward and northwest winds 5 kts south of there. Rain developing from Cape Mendocino reaching down to Monterey Bay in the evening but lighter there.
  • Tues (2/9) south winds are forecast at 5 kts early for all of North and Central CA early turning northwest at 10+ kts later. Light rain from Monterey Bay northward all day. Modest snow for Yosemite northward.

Total snow accumulation for the next 10 days for Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Kirkwood and Mammoth at 33 inches, 33 inches, 22 inches, and 2 inches through 2/11.

Freezing level 4,000 ft through Wednesday (2/3) rising to 12,000 ft on 2/4, and holding, then falling to 6,500 ft on 2/8 and holding.

Snow Models: http://www.stormsurf.com/mdls/menu_snow.html (Scroll down for resort specific forecasts). Updated!

 

South Pacific

Overview
Surface Analysis
No swell was in the water.

Over the next 72 hours no swell producing weather systems are forecast.

 

South Pacific Animations: Jetstream - Surface Pressure/Wind - Sea Height - Surf Height

 

QuikCAST's

 

LONG-TERM FORECAST
Marine weather and forecast conditions 3-10 days into the future

North Pacific

Beyond 72 hours another gale is to develop off the Southern Kuril Islands on Thurs PM (2/4) producing 50 kt west winds over a small area with seas building. On Fri AM (2/5) the storm is to track east with 55 kt west winds and seas 47 ft over a small area at 43.5N 164E aimed east. The gale is to lift northeast with fetch fading in the evening from 45 kts with seas 41 ft at 44N 168.5E aimed east. On Sat AM (2/6) fetch is to be fading from 45 kts while lifting north with seas fading from 31 ft at 47.5N 170E aimed east. The gale is to dissipate from there. Something to monitor.

Another gale is to develop just off the Kuril Islands on Mon AM (2/8) producing 40-45 kts northwest winds over a decent sized area with 33 ft seas at 43.5N 154E aimed east. The gale is to be stationary in the evening with 45kt west winds and seas 34 ft at 44N 155.5E aimed east. On Tues AM (2/9) a solid fetch of 45 kt northwest winds is to be tracking southeast with seas building to 39 ft at 38N 160E aimed southeast. Fetch fading in the evening from 40 kts with seas fading from 37 ft at 37N 167E aimed southeast.

 

South Pacific

Beyond 72 hours no swell producing weather systems are forecast.

 

 

MJO/ENSO Forecast

 

Water Temps Slowly Rising over Equatorial East Pacific

MJO/ENSO Discussion
The Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a periodic weather cycle that tracks east along the equator circumnavigating the globe. It is characterized in it's Inactive Phase by enhanced trade winds and dry weather over the part of the equator it is in control of, and in it's Active Phase by slackening if not an outright reversing trade winds while enhancing precipitation. The oscillation occurs in roughly 20-30 day cycles (Inactive for 20-30 days, then Active for 20-30 days) over any single location on the planet, though most noticeable in the Pacific. During the Active Phase in the Pacific the MJO tends to support the formation of stronger and longer lasting gales resulting in enhanced potential for the formation of swell producing storms. Prolonged and consecutive Active MJO Phases in the Pacific help support the formation of El Nino. During the Inactive Phase the jet stream tends to split resulting in high pressure and less potential for swell producing storm development. Wind anomalies in the Kelvin Wave Generation Area (KWGA) are key for understanding what Phase the MJO is in over the Pacific. The KWGA is located on the equator from 135E-170W and 5 degs north and south (or on the equator from New Guinea east to the dateline). West wind anomalies in the KWGA suggest the Active Phase of the MJO in the Pacific, and east anomalies suggests the Inactive Phase. In turn the Active Phase strengthens and the Inactive Phase weakens the jetstream, which in turn enhances or dampens storm production respectively in the Pacific.
And the El Nino/La Nino cycle (collectively know as ENSO - El Nino Southern Oscillation) is a less frequent (about once every 7 years) but more impactful cycle that affects world wide weather. Specifically, strong El Nino events promote storm production in the Pacific while La Nina events suppress storm production. These therefore have a significant impact on the production of swell and surf. The paragraphs below analyze the state of the MJO and ENSO in the Pacific and provide forecasts for upcoming activity (or inactivity depending on the state and interaction of these two oscillations).

Overview: A double dip La Nina was in control through the Winter of 2017-2018. But warming started building along the South and Central American coast in early March 2018 associated with two upwelling Kelvin Waves, and continued trying to build over equatorial waters over the Summer and Fall, but not enough to declare El Nino and not coupled with the atmosphere. In January 2019, those warm waters were fading, but then rebuilt late in Feb associated with Kelvin Wave (#3). But as of early June 2019 warm water was fading and by August a tongue of cool water was tracking west on the equator from Ecuador over the Galapagos reaching to a point nearly south of Hawaii. El Nino was dead. A bit of a recovery occurred during Fall of 2019, with weak warm water building in the Nino 1.2 region, but cool water held in a pool off Peru and had not changed until March 2020. By April the cool pool pushed east and by May subsurface cool waters erupted off Ecuador, forming a well defined cool tongue that looked like the start of La Nina, holding into July 2020.

LONG-RANGE PACIFIC STORM AND SWELL GENERATION POTENTIAL FORECAST
Fall/Winter 2020/2021 = 3.0/3.5 (California & Hawaii)
Rating based on a 1-10 scale: 1 being the lowest (small and infrequent surf conditions), 5 being normal/average, and 10 being extraordinary (frequent events of large, long period swells)

Rationale: It is assumed the PDO has moved to the warm phase in 2014 and that a weak borderline El Nino from 2018 faded out in the Fall of 2019. A La Nina like ocean temperature pattern developed in the equatorial East Pacific in the summer of 2019, then faded and returned to a neutral if not weak warm status during the Winter of 2019-2020 only to return stronger in the Summer of 2020. We have been suspecting a turn towards a La Nina like atmospheric pattern to develop in the late Winter/early Spring of 2020. Our best hope is that moderation from the warm phase of the PDO might tamp down development of a full blown La Nina as we move into 2020. But at this time that does not appear likely. Given all that, for the 2020 there is decent probability for development of La Nina meaning a reduced number of storm days and storm intensity during the summer season, resulting in a below normal level of swell, with swell being below normal duration and period. And by the Fall and early Winter of 2020/21, the number of storm days, intensity and duration of those storms should fade even more, resulting in depressed swell production. This pattern is expected to hold through the Spring of 2021.

KWGA/Equatorial Surface Wind Analysis & Short-term Forecast (KWGA - Kelvin Wave Generation Area - The area 5 degrees north and south of the equator from 170W to 135E)
Analysis (TAO Buoys): As of (2/1) 5 day average winds were strong from the east over the Eastern equatorial Pacific fading to moderate over the Central Pacific and strong east over the KWGA. Anomalies were light easterly over the East equatorial Pacific turning neutral over the Central Pacific then moderate easterly over the KWGA. (Note: These are 5 day average winds, so they lag what is happening today by about 2 days).
1 Week Forecast (GFS Model): On (2/1) mostly moderate east anomalies were in control of the KWGA and have been since 1/31. The forecast calls for east anomalies holding at moderate status mostly filling the KWGA and holding through the end of the model run on 2/9. West and east anomalies are in pockets south of California on the equator to Ecuador and that is to remain unchanged.

Kelvin Wave Generation Area wind monitoring model: West and East

Longer Range MJO/WWB Projections:  
OLR Models: (2/1) A moderate Active MJO pattern was over the KWGA today. The statistic model projects it building to strong status while easing slowly east and over the dateline still barely filling the KWGA by day 15 of the model run while a strong Inactive Phase builds over the Maritime Continent. The dynamic model suggests a variation of the same thing with the Active Phase building steadily to strong status on day 15 of the model run and not moving east at all, still filling the KWGA.
Phase Diagrams 2 week forecast (ECMF and GEFS): (2/2) The statistical model depicts the Active Phase was moderate plus strength over the West Pacific today and is to ease east and fading to weak status on day 15 over the far East Atlantic. The GEFS model suggests the Active Phase is to hold position in the West Pacific at moderate strength through day 15, not moving east at all.
40 day Upper Level Model (assumed to be a statistical mode and 1 week ahead of what is occurring at the surface): (2/2) This model depicts a moderate Active MJO pattern (moist air) over the Central and East Pacific and is to track east while fading moving over Central America on 2/17. A moderate Inactive Phase is to start building in the West Pacific on 2/22 and is to track east to the East Pacific at the end of the model run on 3/14 while holding strength. A weak Active Phase is to building over the KWGA at that time.
4 Week CFS Model (850 mb wind): (2/1) This model depicts a weak Active MJO signal today over the far West Pacific with weak west anomalies over the core of the KWGA. The forecast indicates the Active Phase is to track east through the KWGA and east of it on 2/12 with west anomalies holding at modest strength around 2/7. Weak to modest east anomalies are to return 2/10 holding through the end of the model run on 3/1 but nothing compared to what we've previously seen. West anomalies are to start building at 130E, right on the western edge of the KWGA. The low pass filter indicates weakening in strength of high pressure bias over the KWGA currently with 1 contour line and even that is to lose 50% of it's current coverage at the end of the model run. And weak west anomalies are to be building in the far west KWGA at that time. A dramatic fall of La Nina is forecast in the next month.
3 Month CFS Model (850 mb wind): (2/2 - using the 4th/latest ensemble member): This model depicts a weak Active Phase in control of the KWGA and holding till 2/23 with weak west anomalies in pockets today and holding over the KWGA mixed with a few pockets of weak east anomalies. A weak but broad Inactive MJO is to return 2/7 tracking through the KWGA through 2/25 with a mix of weak east and west anomalies filling the KWGA. A moderate Active MJO signal is forecast building in the west KWGA 3/20 tracking east fast producing limited weak west anomalies through 4/8. A quick Inactive Phase is to follow 4/4-4/28 with a mix of weak east and west anomalies. An Active Phase is to be developing at the end of the model run on 5/2. The low pass filter indicates a high pressure bias is firmly in control over the dateline today with 4 contour lines reaching east to a point south of California. The forth contour line is to fade on 3/12. The 3rd contour line is to fade on 4/18. The remaining 2 are to hold indefinitely. A double contour low pressure bias is over the Indian Ocean today and is to hold in coverage with the second contour line fading on 2/13 with the remaining contour line theoretically shrinking in coverage from the west on 3/27 and starting to ease east to 160E. East anomalies that were previously solid in the Indian Ocean for over a year migrated east through the West Pacific to the East Pacific on 10/1/20 and have stabilized there.

CFSv2 3 month forecast for 850 mb winds, MJO, Rossby etc - Alternate link

Subsurface Waters Temps
TAO Array: (2/2) Today in the far West Pacific the 30 and 29 deg isotherms were gone. The 28 deg isotherm line was steady at 166E today. The 24 deg isotherm was building east and pushing the whole way across the equatorial Pacific with 25 degs temps building in coverage in the east. Anomaly wise, warm anomalies +3 deg C were locked steady in the West Pacific pushing east to 170W at depth but moving no further east. A broad but weakening cooling pattern was controlling the entire equatorial Pacific with anomalies focused at -3C at 155W and west from there. A pocket of +1 deg anomalies was building from 120W eastward. The hi-res GODAS animation posted 1/18 indicates the same thing but with no warm anomalies in the east. Negative anomalies in the East Pacific were the least negative at any time in months. The GODAS animation appears to be 1 week behind the TAO data but also is more detailed and accurately modeled.
Sea Level Anomalies: (1/18) Negative anomalies were forming a wave pushing west from the Galapagos to the dateline on the equator at -5 to -10 cms continuous over that area with 1 small pocket at -15 cms at 140W. A building thin flow of neutral anomalies was pushing off Ecuador over the Galapagos. Negative anomalies were -5 to -10 cms along the coast of Peru up into Ecuador and reaching north up to Baja and -5 to -10 cms into South and North CA. Looking at the big picture, negative anomalies were forming a massive triangle from Cape Mendocino to the intersection of the dateline and equator then into Southern Chile. No positive anomalies were over the equatorial Pacific, except from 170E and points west of there. But the triangle was not as strong as weeks past but not substantially weakening either.

Surface Water Temps
The more warm water in the equatorial East Pacific means more storm production in the North Pacific during winter months (roughly speaking). Cold water in that area has a dampening effect. Regardless of what the atmospheric models and surface winds suggest, actual water temperatures are a ground-truth indicator of what is occurring in the ocean. All data is from blended infrared and microwave sensors.
Satellite Imagery
Hi-res Nino1.2 & 3.4: (2/1) The latest images indicate warm anomalies were building on the equator from Ecuador west to 140W and then cooler west of there to the dateline. Solid cool anomalies were south of there streaming from Chile west-northwest to the dateline. But no markedly cooler imbedded pockets were present in the east but several were in the west between 160-180W on the equator. And the overall cool pool does not look as cold as weeks and months past. Cool anomalies were also losing strength along the coast of Peru with stray pockets of warming fading in coverage along the South Peruvian Coast. This indicates a late phase version of La Nina filling the entire equatorial Pacific and down into Chile. But the overall cool intensity of that pool appears to be waning. We are past the peak of this event.
Hi-res 7 day Trend (2/1): Temps continue warming off Chile and Peru reaching west to 140W. And a stream of warming was occurring on the equator from Ecuador to 140W but with 2 pockets of imbedded cooling. The balance looks like warming is taking the upper hand.
Hi-res Overview: (1/29) A stream of consistent cool water is well entrenched from Chile up well off Peru tracking west on the equator out to the dateline and west to New Guinea. But warm anomalies are on the equator from Ecuador to 130W. The last of the core of La Nina cold waters are pushing west from 160W towards the dateline. The peak of La Nina is past.
Nino1.2 Daily CDAS Index Temps: (2/2) Today's temps were falling to day at +0.042. one day after the all time recent high of +0.10 on 2/1. Temps previously were -0.604 on 1/24. A previous peak of -0.595 occurred on 12/11. This area has been on a seesaw rising trend since early October. Temps were previously down to -2.138 on 8/13. The longterm trend has been on a slow but steady increase.
Nino 3.4 Daily CDAS Index Temps:
(2/2) Temps have been steady but started rising from -0.982 on 1/21 to -0.732 today after bottoming out at -1.654 on 11/3, beating the previous low of -0.945 on 9/22. The previous low before that was -0.733 on 9/10. Temps have been on a steady decline since 7/25 but stabilized starting in October.

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CFSV2 Forecast for Nino3.4 Sea Surface Temp (SST) Anomalies & Current SST Anomalies

SST Anomaly Projections
CFSv2 Uncorrected Data (2/2) Actuals per the model indicates temps rose to -0.65 degs mid-Jan after bottoming out in early Nov at -1.25 degs. The forecast depicts temps steady into April at up to -0.55 then starting a steep decline pushing -1.8 degs in Oct. This is completely unbelievable. This model is having some serious issues over the long term.
IRI Consensus Plume: The Jan 21, 2021 Plume depicts temps are at -0.80 degs today, and are to rise to -0,25 in April and neutral by August. Most models are suggesting a moderate La Nina returning to Neutral in the late Spring. See chart here - link.

Atmospheric Coupling (Indicating the presence of El Nino in the atmosphere driven by the ocean):
Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) (negative is good, positive bad - this is a lagging indicator) (2/2): The daily index was rising at +9.17. The 30 day average was falling some at +14.93. The 90 day average was falling to 13.69, clearly in La Nina territory. This index is a lagging indicator.
ESPI Index (like SOI but based on satellite confirmed precipitation. Positive and/or rising is good, negative and/or falling is bad): June -0.67, May -0.46, April 2020 -0.69, March -0.09, Feb +0.65, Jan +0.42, This index was steady positive Aug 2018 through Feb 2020, and now is steady negative, but only weakly so.

Pacific Decadal Oscillation
Per NOAAs index recent values: Jan 2018 +0.29, Feb -0.19, Mar -0.61, April -0.89, May -0.69, June -0.85, July -0.09, Aug -0.43, Sept -0.46, Oct -0.75, Nov -0.78, Dec -0.12, Jan 2019 -0.18, Feb -0.50 Mar -0.23, April +0.10, May +0.14, June -0.11, July +0.44, Aug -0.14, Sept +0.05, Oct -0.96, Nov -0.28, Dec +0.01, Jan 2020 -1.17, This continues to look like the warm phase of the PDO. No consistently solid negative readings have occurred since Feb 2014
The Washington/JISAO index (Jan-Dec): Jan 2018 +0.70. Feb +0.37, Mar -0.05, April +0.11, May +0.11, June -0.04, July +0.11, Aug +0.18, Sept +0.09. No real negative readings have occurred since Dec 2013
The PDO turned from a 16 year negative run (Jan 98-Feb 2014) in early 2014 and has been positive ever since (other than a few months of negative readings in Fall 2016, the result of a turn towards La Nina). Looking at the long term record, it is premature to conclude that we have in-fact turned from the negative phase (La Nina 'like') to the positive phase (El Nino 'like'), but the data strongly suggests that could be a possibility. By the time it is confirmed (4-5 years out), we will be well into it.

See imagery in the ENSO Powertool 

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Stormsurf Video Surf Forecast for the week starting Sunday (1/31):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=SFnP7BdvVU4&feature=youtu.be
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NBC News - Climate Change and Surfing: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/climate-change-good-surfing-other-sports-not-so-much-ncna1017131

Stormsurf and Mavericks on HBO Sports with Bryant Gumbel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luQSYf5sKjQ

Mavericks Invitational Pieces Featuring Stormsurf:
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/how-to-predict-the-best-surfing-waves-EsNiR~0xR5yXGOlOq2MqfA.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/surfs-up-for-mavericks-invitational-in-calif/

Time Zone Converter By popular demand we've built and easy to use time convert that transposes GMT time to whatever time zone you are located. It's ion left hand column on every page on the site near the link to the swell calculator.

Surf Height-Swell Height Correlation Table

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