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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 8-26-14
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HURRICANE WATCH August 26, 2014 – Hurricane Marie has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and will continue to lose strength as it will be moving over much cooler waters later today. The hurricane is tracking northwest and the large swells produced by those strong winds have radiated outwards from Marie and will spread from Baja California northward to the Southern California beaches today.
Meanwhile, Karina is a tropical depression and is tracking east across the open waters of the Pacific, well west of the southern tip of Baja California. Karina will continue to weaken today and will likely degenerate into a remnant area of low pressure later today. Karina will have no impact to any land masses through the rest of the duration of its life.
No other tropical disturbances are expected to develop into a tropical cyclone in the East Pacific Basin over the next 48 hours.
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!
Just for the record there’s some small New Zealand swell mixing in from 215 degrees but it won’t even be noticeable compared to Marie flexing her muscles.
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 winds in the 1-3 MPH zone until 11AM and then those pick up to 10-12 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp jumps up to 84 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 well overhead on the sets in the morning and start a gradual decline throughout the day. The angle will get a little more West in it, coming up the line from a steep 185 degrees. Although steep, the brute force of the swell will force feed at least a little swell into almost all of the West facing breaks.
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 tops out at 82 degrees.
On Friday morning will see decreasing Marie swell in the shoulder high to head high 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 10AM and then those pick up to 10-13 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp dips down to 77 degrees.
By Saturday morning we’ll be relying on a more traditional form of energy as some fresh SW ground swell moves in from a liberal 210-220 degrees. This should put the most exposed South facing beaches in the chest to shoulder high range on the sets.
2014-08-30 Sat 12:16 AM 4.10 feet High Tide
2014-08-30 Sat 06:06 AM 1.60 feet Low Tide
2014-08-30 Sat 06:26 AM Sunrise
2014-08-30 Sat 11:03 AM Moonrise
2014-08-30 Sat 12:37 PM 4.90 feet High Tide
2014-08-30 Sat 07:20 PM 1.56 feet Low Tide
2014-08-30 Sat 07:22 PM Sunset
2014-08-30 Sat 10:14 PM Moonset
The conditions look okay fair with variable winds, out of the S/SSE, 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 82 degrees.
By Sunday morning looks a little smaller with waist to chest high sets in the AM and those will do a slow fade through the day.
2014-08-31 Sun 01:10 AM 3.61 feet High Tide
2014-08-31 Sun 06:26 AM Sunrise
2014-08-31 Sun 06:36 AM 1.99 feet Low Tide
2014-08-31 Sun 12:01 PM Moonrise
2014-08-31 Sun 01:21 PM 4.88 feet High Tide
2014-08-31 Sun 07:20 PM Sunset
2014-08-31 Sun 08:36 PM 1.56 feet Low Tide
2014-08-31 Sun 10:56 PM Moonset
The conditions look about the same as Saturday with light S/SSE winds 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 81 degrees.
The current water temps Newport 64 degrees, Huntington 69 degrees, the South Bay showed as 72 degrees, Santa Monica 69 degrees and Malibu 66 degrees.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with the next update.