SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF FORECAST UPDATED on 3-19-2019
After a spectacular December and humbling, rumbling January, Mother Nature went MIA on the So Cal surf world through pretty much all of February and most of March. Talk about a bipolar Winter season… highest of highs to lowest of lows… somebody slip me a xanax, please! The good news is that it looks like we will have one or two last hurrahs of solid NW ground swell before the curtain is pulled shut for our prime time surf window.
Lastly, the Southern Hemisphere has been making lots of noise lately, and all signs point to an active South Swell season. Time to book your MEXICO and Central America surf trips. Doing the math… the average So Cal water temp has been around 57 degrees for the last 5 weeks and Mainland Mexico is currently hosting 84 degree waters… hmm I don’t need a calculator to figure out that equation, I just know it = (X) wetsuit + south swell barrels x cold cerveza = happy gringo!
For Wednesday morning we’ll finally see some more robust ground swell enter the picture. This new energy should be in full swing for the morning with OH to WOH sets for the top West facing beaches. The angle will have plenty of West in it, (280-290 degrees with 16 second intervals), so some energy should bleed into the South facing breaks as well. The most exposed, deep water, West facing breaks could see some DOH bomber sets!
We will also have some 190 degree, 16 second interval South swell mixing in, but it will definitely pale in comparison to the the NW energy. Even so, there will be chest high sets, going largely undetected, contributing to the greater cause.
* 09:28 AM 6.10 feet High Tide
2019-03-20 Wed 03:22 AM 0.34 feet Low Tide
2019-03-20 Wed 06:57 AM Sunrise
2019-03-20 Wed 07:00 AM Moonset
2019-03-20 Wed 09:28 AM 6.10 feet High Tide
2019-03-20 Wed 03:57 PM -0.98 feet Low Tide
2019-03-20 Wed 06:43 PM Full Moon
2019-03-20 Wed 06:59 PM Moonrise
2019-03-20 Wed 07:05 PM Sunset
2019-03-20 Wed 10:13 PM 5.31 feet High Tide
The conditions should be okay early with SE/SSE winds in the 2-4 MPH zone until noon, and 3-8 MPH breezes out of the West in the afternoon. There’s a 50% chance of rain and the air temp drops to 62 degrees.
For Thursday morning that NW energy will dip a hair, but still dish up OH to WOH sets for the better West facing breaks. The angle will remain at 275-280 degrees and the intervals should drop, to a still highly respectable, 16 seconds.
The Southern energy will dip further and wallow in the shadows with waist high sets.
* 10:14 AM 5.79 feet High Tide
2019-03-21 Thu 04:08 AM -0.02 feet Low Tide
2019-03-21 Thu 06:56 AM Sunrise
2019-03-21 Thu 07:39 AM Moonset
2019-03-21 Thu 10:14 AM 5.79 feet High Tide
2019-03-21 Thu 04:33 PM -0.58 feet Low Tide
2019-03-21 Thu 07:06 PM Sunset
2019-03-21 Thu 08:08 PM Moonrise
2019-03-21 Thu 10:47 PM 5.50 feet High Tide
The conditions should be okay with variable onshore breezes in the 1-4 MPH zone until noon and then 7-11 MPH winds out of the West in the afternoon. The air temp tops out 60 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.
For Friday morning the leftover NW swell will continue and generate surf in the shoulder to head high range for the best West facing breaks, (with 13-14 second intervals from 275-280 degrees).
Morning tide – Nice tide push through the morning – 11:02 AM 5.27 feet High Tide
2019-03-22 Fri 04:56 AM -0.20 feet Low Tide
2019-03-22 Fri 06:55 AM Sunrise
2019-03-22 Fri 08:15 AM Moonset
2019-03-22 Fri 11:02 AM 5.27 feet High Tide
2019-03-22 Fri 05:07 PM -0.03 feet Low Tide
2019-03-22 Fri 07:07 PM Sunset
2019-03-22 Fri 09:16 PM Moonrise
2019-03-22 Fri 11:22 PM 5.54 feet High Tide
The conditions look decent with variable breezes in the 3-6 MPH zone until noon, and then 8-12 MPH out of the West until sundown. The air temp tops out at 63 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.
For Saturday morning we’ll start off with leftover NW swell in the chest high zone, but another solid ground swell, (280-290 degrees with 15-16 second intervals), will fill in throughout the day. Expect some sneaker sets to slide in early and then be reinforced with more consistency and size as the day wears on. The best West facing breaks will see OH to WOH sets by days end.
2019-03-23 Sat 05:45 AM -0.19 feet Low Tide
2019-03-23 Sat 06:53 AM Sunrise
2019-03-23 Sat 08:53 AM Moonset
2019-03-23 Sat 11:52 AM 4.61 feet High Tide
2019-03-23 Sat 05:42 PM 0.61 feet Low Tide
2019-03-23 Sat 07:07 PM Sunset
2019-03-23 Sat 10:21 PM Moonrise
The conditions look okay with variable breezes at 1-4 MPH zone until noon and 9-13 MPH out of the West until dark. The air temp tops out at 65 degrees and there’s a 10% chance of rain.
For Sunday morning we will see that NW swell peak with OH to WOH sets at West facing breaks with possibly some DOH widow maker sets at the top spots.
2019-03-24 Sun 12:00 AM 5.42 feet High Tide
2019-03-24 Sun 06:39 AM -0.01 feet Low Tide
2019-03-24 Sun 06:52 AM Sunrise
2019-03-24 Sun 09:31 AM Moonset
2019-03-24 Sun 12:48 PM 3.90 feet High Tide
2019-03-24 Sun 06:16 PM 1.29 feet Low Tide
2019-03-24 Sun 07:08 PM Sunset
2019-03-24 Sun 11:25 PM Moonrise
The conditions look okay at spots that like a South wind. We’re slated to see variable breezes out of the S/SE in the 5-8 zone until noon and 7-9 MPH winds out of the SW until dark. The air temp tops out at 67 degrees.
Water temps are as follows, (day of 4CAST update) and are as follows: Malibu 55 Santa Monica 59 South Bay 58, Huntington 57, Newport 58.
The next 4CAST will be posted on Thursday!
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