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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 8-24-14
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HURRICANE WATCH August 24, 2014 – Major Hurricane Marie is gradually intensifying over the open waters of the eastern Pacific. Marie is tracking over very warm waters which allowed for rapid strengthening early Sunday morning. Marie will remain over the open waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean as it tracks toward the west-northwest, generally moving parallel to the Mexican coast. Pumping surf and rip currents associated with Marie will spread across Southern California beaches by the middle of next week.
Karina is located well west of the southern tip of Baja California. Karina will continue on an eastward track, moving into a more hostile environment through the middle of next week. Gradual weakening is expected to occur as this happens. Karina will have no impact to any land masses through the rest of the duration of its life.
Monday morning we’ll be left with the last traces of Lowell swell and continued solid SW ground swell from that same 220 degree angle. The best South facing beaches should see sets in the shoulder high plus range. The crazy news is that Hurricane Marie has gone off of the richter scale and may become a Cat 5 Hurricane later today. Right now it has sustained winds to 150 MPH and gusts to 185 MPH. That’s some serious s%#t!!!
2014-08-25 Mon 04:03 AM 0.22 feet Low Tide
2014-08-25 Mon 06:22 AM Sunrise
2014-08-25 Mon 06:30 AM Moonrise
2014-08-25 Mon 07:13 AM New Moon
2014-08-25 Mon 10:18 AM 4.63 feet High Tide
2014-08-25 Mon 03:51 PM 1.52 feet Low Tide
2014-08-25 Mon 07:25 PM Moonset
2014-08-25 Mon 07:28 PM Sunset
2014-08-25 Mon 09:54 PM 5.55 feet High Tide
The conditions look okay with variable winds, out of the West, in the 1-5 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 80 degrees.
By Tuesday morning we’ll start to see scout sets from Hurricane Marie. As mentioned above, this is a legitimate and extremely powerful system that will send some huge waves into Southern California. The first fingers of the swell will be chest to shoulder to head high with some gaps in between the sets. Later in the day the meat of the system will start to bare it’s fangs with some double overhead sets. Could be a bit unpredictable with consistent sets and some real BOMBS mixed in. The real deal looks to happen on Wednesday as the proverbial s$#t hits the fan!
2014-08-26 Tue 04:27 AM 0.37 feet Low Tide
2014-08-26 Tue 06:23 AM Sunrise
2014-08-26 Tue 07:23 AM Moonrise
2014-08-26 Tue 10:42 AM 4.75 feet High Tide
2014-08-26 Tue 04:24 PM 1.43 feet Low Tide
2014-08-26 Tue 07:27 PM Sunset
2014-08-26 Tue 07:57 PM Moonset
2014-08-26 Tue 10:25 PM 5.32 feet High Tide
The conditions look okay with light winds in the 1-3 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 8-10 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 81 degrees.
On Wednesday morning looks to be the money day… where to go hunting is the million dollar question. Projections say that the swell will peak in the AM, with super consistent sets in the well overhead range to double overhead plus zone, with places like the Wedge seeing sets bigger than 20 feet in the face. If you’ve just started surfing recently, I suggest you stay on the beach and take notes because you haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in your brief career. Recent surf school graduates need not apply!
Although nothing has been etched in stone just yet this looks like a real humdinger!
2014-08-27 Wed 04:50 AM 0.59 feet Low Tide
2014-08-27 Wed 06:24 AM Sunrise
2014-08-27 Wed 08:17 AM Moonrise
2014-08-27 Wed 11:06 AM 4.84 feet High Tide
2014-08-27 Wed 04:59 PM 1.40 feet Low Tide
2014-08-27 Wed 07:26 PM Sunset
2014-08-27 Wed 08:29 PM Moonset
2014-08-27 Wed 10:58 PM 4.99 feet High Tide
The conditions look fair with light Easterly winds in the 1-2 MPH zone until 11AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp jumps up to a sweltering 89 degrees.
For Thursday morning Marie will continue to pump, but won’t be quite as venomous as Wednesday. The top South facing breaks should go overhead to DOH on the sets in the morning and start a gradual decline throughout the day. Once again, what breaks will be good? The hunt is on my friends!
2014-08-28 Thu 05:15 AM 0.88 feet Low Tide
2014-08-28 Thu 06:24 AM Sunrise
2014-08-28 Thu 09:11 AM Moonrise
2014-08-28 Thu 11:33 AM 4.89 feet High Tide
2014-08-28 Thu 05:38 PM 1.42 feet Low Tide
2014-08-28 Thu 07:24 PM Sunset
2014-08-28 Thu 09:02 PM Moonset
2014-08-28 Thu 11:34 PM 4.58 feet High Tide
The conditions look tolerable with light and variable winds in the 1-4 MPH zone until 11AM and then those pick up to 10-13 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp remains a tropical 88 degrees.
On Friday morning will see decreasing Marie swell in the shoulder high to overhead zone. The swell will still dish up some nice sets but the periods will be shorter and the time in between sets will be longer. It all looks good on paper, we’ll see how things play out in real life.
2014-08-29 Fri 05:39 AM 1.22 feet Low Tide
2014-08-29 Fri 06:25 AM Sunrise
2014-08-29 Fri 10:07 AM Moonrise
2014-08-29 Fri 12:02 PM 4.91 feet High Tide
2014-08-29 Fri 06:23 PM 1.49 feet Low Tide
2014-08-29 Fri 07:23 PM Sunset
2014-08-29 Fri 09:37 PM Moonset
The conditions look decent with light winds in the 1-2 MPH zone until 11AM and then those pick up to 10-13 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp dips slightly to a steamy 85 degrees.
The current water temps Newport 70 degrees, Huntington 68 degrees, the South Bay showed as 73 degrees, Santa Monica 71 degrees and Malibu 70 degrees.
I’ll be back on Monday with the next update.