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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 8-18-14
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HURRICANE WATCH August 18, 2014 – The eastern Pacific Ocean remains active with Karina and Tropical Depression 12E. Tropical Storm Karina is a small tropical storm centered nearly 1,500 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Moderate wind shear and marginally warm ocean temperatures along Karina’s track have limited strengthening in recent days. However, the wind shear will drop off slightly heading into Tuesday and ocean temperatures will warm a bit as the storm moves west-southwest. The drop off in wind shear allowed Karina to strengthen Monday afternoon and Karina should generally maintain strength through Tuesday.
Farther east, Tropical Depression 12E is a large tropical depression centered almost 700 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. Warm water strengthen T.D. 12E into Tropical Storm Lowell over the next day or so. Rough surf and dangerous rip currents will begin to impact the southern coast of Baja California during the middle of the week and expand northward by late week. There could be an increase in swells and rip currents in Southern California by the upcoming weekend.
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.
Friday morning will be dependent upon Tropical energy… pending.
2014-08-22 Fri 02:45 AM 0.11 feet Low Tide
2014-08-22 Fri 03:50 AM Moonrise
2014-08-22 Fri 06:20 AM Sunrise
2014-08-22 Fri 09:09 AM 4.22 feet High Tide
2014-08-22 Fri 02:15 PM 2.06 feet Low Tide
2014-08-22 Fri 05:41 PM Moonset
2014-08-22 Fri 07:32 PM Sunset
2014-08-22 Fri 08:20 PM 5.69 feet High Tide
The conditions look okay with light and variable 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 83 degrees.
On Saturday morning will be dependent upon Tropical energy… pending.
2014-08-23 Sat 03:13 AM 0.09 feet Low Tide
2014-08-23 Sat 04:43 AM Moonrise
2014-08-23 Sat 06:21 AM Sunrise
2014-08-23 Sat 09:33 AM 4.36 feet High Tide
2014-08-23 Sat 02:48 PM 1.85 feet Low Tide
2014-08-23 Sat 06:18 PM Moonset
2014-08-23 Sat 07:31 PM Sunset
2014-08-23 Sat 08:52 PM 5.73 feet High Tide
The conditions look okay with light and variable winds in the 1-3 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-13 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 81 degrees.
On Sunday morning will be dependent upon Tropical energy… pending.
2014-08-24 Sun 03:39 AM 0.12 feet Low Tide
2014-08-24 Sun 05:36 AM Moonrise
2014-08-24 Sun 06:22 AM Sunrise
2014-08-24 Sun 09:56 AM 4.50 feet High Tide
2014-08-24 Sun 03:20 PM 1.67 feet Low Tide
2014-08-24 Sun 06:52 PM Moonset
2014-08-24 Sun 07:29 PM Sunset
2014-08-24 Sun 09:23 PM 5.68 feet High Tide
The conditions look decent with light onshore winds in the 2-4 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 10-14 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 81 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’m off to try my luck on the Tuna Boat tonight, so no update for tomorrow. I’ll be back on Wednesday with the next update.