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Hurricane Watch Hurricane Fernanda is now a strong Category 4 hurricane but So Cal looks to get little or no surf from from this system – We’re also watching another area disturbed area south of Mexico.

Hurricane Fernanda is a strong Category 4 major hurricane as it moves westward at about 12 mph. The storm is located about 1,200 miles southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The storm has maximum-sustained winds of 140 mph with higher gusts and continues to move through a zone of warm waters which is conducive for further intensification through Sunday. Fernanda may peak as a Category 5 storm, or just shy of that mark, then begin to gradually weaken Sunday night or Monday morning as it begins to move across somewhat cooler ocean waters.

Fernanda will continue to move westward away from the Mexican coast over the next few days and will be higher waves and rough surf along the western Mexican coastline through the weekend. By later next week, Fernanda may track westward into the Central Pacific Basin. It is much too early to say at this point whether the storm could have any direct impacts on Hawaii. However, at the very least, some higher waves and rougher surf may occur late next week across the Hawaiian Islands.

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For Sunday morning we should have a little something to ride with a few straggler S/SW sets in the waist high range and we’ll also see some fresh NW wind swell work it’s way down the coast. Nothing really impressive, but the better West facing breaks should see waist high peaks from a steep 310 degree angle and 8-9 second intervals.

2017-07-16 Sun 12:20 AM Moonrise
2017-07-16 Sun 02:43 AM 3.70 feet High Tide
2017-07-16 Sun 05:54 AM Sunrise
2017-07-16 Sun 09:06 AM 1.17 feet Low Tide
2017-07-16 Sun 12:27 PM Last Quarter
2017-07-16 Sun 01:07 PM Moonset
2017-07-16 Sun 04:06 PM 4.88 feet High Tide
2017-07-16 Sun 08:05 PM Sunset
2017-07-16 Sun 10:52 PM 1.73 feet Low Tide

The conditions look pretty good again with SE/SSE breezes in the 3-5 MPH zone until 10AM and 6-8 MPH out of the S/SW in the afternoon. The air temp climbs up another notch to a blistering 80 degrees.

For Monday morning there may be a few leftover, sporadic pulses out of the SW and a continued flow of smallish NW wind swell. The wind swell will be slightly bigger than Sunday with waist high + peaks from that same 310 degree angle with 8-9 second intervals.

2017-07-17 Mon 12:57 AM Moonrise
2017-07-17 Mon 04:24 AM 3.36 feet High Tide
2017-07-17 Mon 05:55 AM Sunrise
2017-07-17 Mon 10:04 AM 1.51 feet Low Tide
2017-07-17 Mon 02:11 PM Moonset
2017-07-17 Mon 05:00 PM 5.30 feet High Tide
2017-07-17 Mon 08:04 PM Sunset

The conditions look fair with variable winds in the 1-2 MPH zone until 10AM and 6-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp dips a hair to 77 degrees.

For Tuesday morning it looks like the NW wind swell will be the only show in town with waist high + sets at the best West facing breaks. Same angle and intervals of 310 degrees and 8-9 seconds!

2017-07-18 Tue 12:08 AM 1.04 feet Low Tide
2017-07-18 Tue 01:38 AM Moonrise
2017-07-18 Tue 05:55 AM Sunrise
2017-07-18 Tue 06:03 AM 3.33 feet High Tide
2017-07-18 Tue 11:07 AM 1.75 feet Low Tide
2017-07-18 Tue 03:17 PM Moonset
2017-07-18 Tue 05:53 PM 5.78 feet High Tide
2017-07-18 Tue 08:04 PM Sunset

The conditions look good again early with variable winds out of the SE/SSE in the 2-4 MPH zone until noon and 6-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp dips a hair to 78 degrees.

For Wednesday morning we’ll see some sporadic SW energy from a more Westerly 200 + degree angle with 16-18 second intervals put the top South facing beaches into the waist to chest zone. There will definitely be some waisting around involved, just hope you’re in the water for a couple of flurries.

2017-07-19 Wed 01:08 AM 0.29 feet Low Tide
2017-07-19 Wed 02:23 AM Moonrise
2017-07-19 Wed 05:56 AM Sunrise
2017-07-19 Wed 07:20 AM 3.54 feet High Tide
2017-07-19 Wed 12:10 PM 1.86 feet Low Tide
2017-07-19 Wed 04:24 PM Moonset
2017-07-19 Wed 06:44 PM 6.26 feet High Tide
2017-07-19 Wed 08:03 PM Sunset

The conditions look pretty good early with variable breezes in the 2-3 MPH zone until 10AM and 6-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp dips to 78 degrees.

For Thursday morning we’ll see more of the same inconsistent SW swell from 200 + degrees with 16 second intervals. Should be some fun little waves and continued warm weather.

2017-07-20 Thu 02:00 AM -0.40 feet Low Tide
2017-07-20 Thu 03:13 AM Moonrise
2017-07-20 Thu 05:57 AM Sunrise
2017-07-20 Thu 08:20 AM 3.82 feet High Tide
2017-07-20 Thu 01:08 PM 1.85 feet Low Tide
2017-07-20 Thu 05:30 PM Moonset
2017-07-20 Thu 07:33 PM 6.68 feet High Tide
2017-07-20 Thu 08:03 PM Sunset

The conditions look great with variable breezes in the 2-3 MPH zone until noon and 7-11 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp hangs tough at a smoking hot 79 degrees.

Water Temps: are as follows – Malibu 65, Santa Monica 66, Hermosa 72, Huntington 62 and Newport 72 degrees. Click the tides tab on the widget below for updated water temps or if you’re on a mobile device just scroll down!

I’ll be back on Monday with the next update!

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