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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 8-17-14
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HURRICANE WATCH August 17, 2014 – Karina strengthened slightly early Sunday morning and was producing winds of 45 mph. Karina will likely become stronger early next week because the shearing winds will relax and it will move over warmer waters.
Another area of low pressure located nearly 600 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California is showing signs of becoming better organized. There is a good chance for this feature to become a depression or tropical storm through the first part of this week since it is over warm water.
On Monday morning we’ll see the Tropical energy and the small NW swell on their last legs as the already small amount of energy will disappear quickly.
The good news is that we’ll see a slight bump in SW ground swell as some fresh, 14-16 second interval energy, moves in for a liberal angle of 210-220 degrees. This should put most breaks, with a look at the SW, in the waist to chest high zone with some larger sets for the OC and San O’ beaches.
2014-08-18 Mon 12:32 AM Moonrise
2014-08-18 Mon 06:01 AM 3.37 feet High Tide
2014-08-18 Mon 06:17 AM Sunrise
2014-08-18 Mon 10:29 AM 2.55 feet Low Tide
2014-08-18 Mon 02:40 PM Moonset
2014-08-18 Mon 05:06 PM 5.18 feet High Tide
2014-08-18 Mon 07:37 PM Sunset
The conditions look okay with light and variable winds in the 2-4 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 8-10 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 77 degrees.
For Tuesday morning we’ll see one more day of that 210-220 degree energy but it will be on the fade through the day. The top South facing breaks will start off in the waist to chest high zone but will get less and less consistent as the day progresses.
2014-08-19 Tue 12:40 AM 0.67 feet Low Tide
2014-08-19 Tue 01:18 AM Moonrise
2014-08-19 Tue 06:18 AM Sunrise
2014-08-19 Tue 07:19 AM 3.61 feet High Tide
2014-08-19 Tue 11:51 AM 2.60 feet Low Tide
2014-08-19 Tue 03:31 PM Moonset
2014-08-19 Tue 06:10 PM 5.30 feet High Tide
2014-08-19 Tue 07:35 PM Sunset
The conditions look okay with S/SE winds in the 4-7 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 74 degrees.
Wednesday morning we’ll be left with waist high surf for the top South facing breaks so expect to do a bit of waiting between sets.
2014-08-20 Wed 01:33 AM 0.39 feet Low Tide
2014-08-20 Wed 02:07 AM Moonrise
2014-08-20 Wed 06:19 AM Sunrise
2014-08-20 Wed 08:08 AM 3.86 feet High Tide
2014-08-20 Wed 12:52 PM 2.47 feet Low Tide
2014-08-20 Wed 04:19 PM Moonset
2014-08-20 Wed 07:02 PM 5.46 feet High Tide
2014-08-20 Wed 07:34 PM Sunset
The conditions look okay with variable winds, out of the East, in the 1-3 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 75 degrees.
Thursday morning is looking pretty weak unless we get some help from the tropics. As of today the forecasts are calling for the formation of what will hopefully become Hurricane Lowell. If it does form it will be one of those sidewinder swells from 165-175 degrees that only gets into the most exposed South facing breaks… Only time will tell.
2014-08-21 Thu 02:13 AM 0.21 feet Low Tide
2014-08-21 Thu 02:58 AM Moonrise
2014-08-21 Thu 06:19 AM Sunrise
2014-08-21 Thu 08:42 AM 4.06 feet High Tide
2014-08-21 Thu 01:38 PM 2.28 feet Low Tide
2014-08-21 Thu 05:02 PM Moonset
2014-08-21 Thu 07:33 PM Sunset
2014-08-21 Thu 07:44 PM 5.60 feet High Tide
The conditions look pretty good with light N/NE winds in the 1-2 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 80 degrees.
The current water temps Newport 65 degrees, Huntington 67 degrees, the South Bay showed as 72 degrees, Santa Monica 70 degrees and Malibu 66 degrees.
I’ll be back on Monday with the next update!