HURRICANE WATCH: Powerful Hurricane Barbara continues

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Barbara remains a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph and gusts to 175 mph. The storm is centered about 1,925 miles to the east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph.

Barbara is now past peak intensity and will move into an area with less favorable environmental conditions later in the day on Wednesday. This will lead to a weakening trend that will eventually lead to the demise of the storm.

A general track to the northwest through the end of the week, then to the west over the weekend will keep Barbara away from any land masses is it weakens and eventually dissipates due to progressively cooler ocean water and increased wind shear.

Early next week, although potentially dissipated, what is left of Barbara may pass near Hawaii, bringing a period of heavy showers and gusty wind. There will also be dangerous surf and rip currents on the east-facing beaches. This surf will begin to increase on Friday and will peak on Monday as Barbara passes by.

In addition to Barbara, additional tropical development looks likely off the southwest coast of Mexico this weekend. Early indications are that this feature will track to the northwest, not bringing direct impacts to land.

For Thursday morning we will dip into the chest high + zone for the better South facing breaks as that South swell continues to dish up a little surf from 210-215 degrees with 15-16 second intervals.

NW wind swell will remain in the mix with waist high + surf for the better West facing breaks from a 310 degree angle and 8 second intervals.

2019-07-04 Thu 05:35 AM -1.33 feet Low Tide
2019-07-04 Thu 05:47 AM Sunrise
2019-07-04 Thu 07:47 AM Moonrise
2019-07-04 Thu 12:11 PM 4.06 feet High Tide
2019-07-04 Thu 04:51 PM 2.13 feet Low Tide
2019-07-04 Thu 08:09 PM Sunset
2019-07-04 Thu 10:09 PM Moonset
2019-07-04 Thu 11:03 PM 6.56 feet High Tide

The conditions look fair with variable 3-6 MPH winds out of the South until 11:00AM and then 6-10 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp holds at 72 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.

For Friday morning looks like another fun day of waves with a combo of 3 swells.

Hurricane Barbara Swell: 185-195 direction with 14 second intervals.

SW ground swell: 210-215 degrees with 16 second intervals.

NW wind swell: 310 degrees with 7 second intervals.

The South facing beaches should go head high to OH and less exposed breaks should also see action in the chest high + zone. Combo swells always make things interesting so get out there and sniff around!

2019-07-05 Fri 05:48 AM Sunrise
2019-07-05 Fri 06:20 AM -1.16 feet Low Tide
2019-07-05 Fri 08:57 AM Moonrise
2019-07-05 Fri 01:01 PM 4.16 feet High Tide
2019-07-05 Fri 05:48 PM 2.20 feet Low Tide
2019-07-05 Fri 08:08 PM Sunset
2019-07-05 Fri 10:54 PM Moonset
2019-07-05 Fri 11:54 PM 6.12 feet High Tide

The conditions look fair with 2-6 MPH winds out of the SE/SSE until 11:00AM and then 6-10 MPH out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp remains at 72 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.

For Saturday morning we will see chest high SW swell from 210-215 degrees with 14 second intervals and continued Hurricane Barbara swell in the shoulder high + range for the most exposed South facing beaches. The angle will be 185-200 degrees and the intervals dip to 11 seconds.

2019-07-06 Sat 05:48 AM Sunrise
2019-07-06 Sat 07:07 AM -0.81 feet Low Tide
2019-07-06 Sat 10:06 AM Moonrise
2019-07-06 Sat 01:54 PM 4.31 feet High Tide
2019-07-06 Sat 06:55 PM 2.26 feet Low Tide
2019-07-06 Sat 08:08 PM Sunset
2019-07-06 Sat 11:34 PM Moonset

The conditions look okay with 2-4 MPH variable winds out of the South until 10:00AM and then 6-10 MPH out of the SW in the afternoon. The air temp tops out 71 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.

For Sunday morning we will see quickly fading Hurricane swell in the early AM. It looks like another more powerful SW ground swell will move in throughout the day. The latest player moves in fro 200-205 degrees with powerful 20-21 second intervals.

2019-07-07 Sun 12:50 AM 5.49 feet High Tide
2019-07-07 Sun 05:49 AM Sunrise
2019-07-07 Sun 07:57 AM -0.35 feet Low Tide
2019-07-07 Sun 11:15 AM Moonrise
2019-07-07 Sun 02:49 PM 4.53 feet High Tide
2019-07-07 Sun 08:08 PM Sunset
2019-07-07 Sun 08:16 PM 2.23 feet Low Tide

The conditions look fair with 2-7 MPH winds out of the S/SSE until noon and then 8-10 MPH out of the SW in the afternoon. The air temp tops out 70 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.

Water temps are as follows, (day of 4CAST update) and are as follows: Malibu 64 Santa Monica 65 South Bay 71, Huntington 61, Newport 66.

The next 4Cast will be updated on Friday.

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