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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED 8-4-14
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HURRICANE WATCH August 4, 2014 – Iselle continues to strengthen and has become a Category 4 hurricane as it remains on a westward track over the open water of the eastern Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Julio has formed to Iselle’s east and is expected to become a hurricane later this week as it follows a path largely similar to that of Iselle.
Satellite imagery shows Iselle has a well organized eye structure with deep convection surrounding the center. Sustained winds are at 140 mph with higher gusts. The storm should largely maintain its intensity over the next 48 hoursand then start a more gradual weakening trend starting on Wednesday as it encounters cooler water. Iselle will then bring a sharp increase in swells, rough surf and strong rip currents to the eastern Hawaiian Islands on Thursday with the threat to continue into Friday.
Tropical Storm Julio is centered nearly 900 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Warm water should allow Julio to reach hurricane strength by Wednesday.
Tuesday morning will be comprised of small, but potent SW ground swell and Hurricane Iselle energy. There are several South swells out there and they’re all pulsing in from 190-220 degree angle. That should make for some interesting peaks, if you find yourself in the right spot at the right time.
The better South facing beaches should chest to shoulder high on the sets. Like I said, there’s a good mix of South swell in the water, so any spot with a look at the South should be a pretty safe bet!
2014-08-05 Tue 12:06 AM 1.11 feet Low Tide
2014-08-05 Tue 12:59 AM Moonset
2014-08-05 Tue 06:08 AM Sunrise
2014-08-05 Tue 06:20 AM 3.07 feet High Tide
2014-08-05 Tue 10:31 AM 2.43 feet Low Tide
2014-08-05 Tue 03:09 PM Moonrise
2014-08-05 Tue 05:28 PM 5.42 feet High Tide
2014-08-05 Tue 07:51 PM Sunset
The conditions look fair with 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 76 degrees.
Wednesday morning should be better as yet another South Swell fills in through the day. The angle on this one is a little steeper, moving in from a 185-195 degree angle. There will still be pulses for the other swells and the Hurricane energy, but the meatier swell will focus in on the more exposed South facing beaches like Huntington, Newport and the San O’ area.
2014-08-06 Wed 01:01 AM 0.47 feet Low Tide
2014-08-06 Wed 01:49 AM Moonset
2014-08-06 Wed 06:09 AM Sunrise
2014-08-06 Wed 07:24 AM 3.40 feet High Tide
2014-08-06 Wed 11:48 AM 2.37 feet Low Tide
2014-08-06 Wed 04:09 PM Moonrise
2014-08-06 Wed 06:25 PM 5.90 feet High Tide
2014-08-06 Wed 07:50 PM Sunset
The conditions look to be okay with light West winds in the 1-3 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 9-11 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 74 degrees.
By Thursday morning that 185-195 degree energy will hit stride with chest to head high sets at the top South facing breaks. There will still be some other South swell in the water but it will be inconsistent and continue to fade out through the day.
2014-08-07 Thu 01:46 AM -0.13 feet Low Tide
2014-08-07 Thu 02:46 AM Moonset
2014-08-07 Thu 06:09 AM Sunrise
2014-08-07 Thu 08:09 AM 3.78 feet High Tide
2014-08-07 Thu 12:52 PM 2.13 feet Low Tide
2014-08-07 Thu 05:08 PM Moonrise
2014-08-07 Thu 07:17 PM 6.36 feet High Tide
2014-08-07 Thu 07:49 PM Sunset
The conditions look okay again with variable winds in the 1-3 MPH zone until 10AM and then those pick up to 9-11 MPH in the afternoon. The air temp tops out at 78 degrees.
The current water temps Newport 71 degrees, Huntington 69 degrees, the South Bay showed as 70 degrees, Santa Monica 71 degrees and Malibu 65 degrees.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with the 5DAY 4CAST!