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Tuesday morning will start off on the small side with waist high plus sets for the better West facing breaks, but the good news is that some new, 12-14 second interval swell from a 305-310 degree angle will fill in late in the day. Unfortunately it looks like the winds will really whip up early and could damage the conditions for Wednesday.

2012-12-18 Tue 01:30 AM 4.48 feet High Tide
2012-12-18 Tue 06:54 AM Sunrise
2012-12-18 Tue 07:01 AM 2.26 feet Low Tide
2012-12-18 Tue 10:50 AM Moonrise
2012-12-18 Tue 12:40 PM 4.48 feet High Tide
2012-12-18 Tue 04:47 PM Sunset
2012-12-18 Tue 07:31 PM 0.41 feet Low Tide
2012-12-18 Tue 11:02 PM Moonset

The conditions look sketchy at best with 2-5 MPH, variable breezes at first light and those will hop up into double digits around 8/9AM into the 12-25 MPH range. There’s also a 30% chance of rain and we’ll see an air temp of 58 degrees.

Wednesday morning should be pretty good if the winds cooperate. The surf will be moving in out of the NW and put the top West facing breaks into the shoulder to head high plus zone.

2012-12-19 Wed 02:29 AM 4.89 feet High Tide
2012-12-19 Wed 06:46 AM Sunrise
2012-12-19 Wed 08:34 AM 2.13 feet Low Tide
2012-12-19 Wed 11:18 AM Moonrise
2012-12-19 Wed 02:00 PM 4.02 feet High Tide
2012-12-19 Wed 04:46 PM Sunset
2012-12-19 Wed 08:27 PM 0.90 feet Low Tide
2012-12-19 Wed 09:19 PM First Quarter
2012-12-19 Wed 11:54 PM Moonset

The conditions could go either way with variable winds out of the N/NNE in the 5-8 MPH range all day long. The wind models show stiff NW winds blowing through the night, (Wednesday morning), so even though the winds will switch in the morning it may be too little too late to smooth out the sea surface. Look for an air temp of 60 degrees.

Thursday morning looks a hair smaller but still have some punch with shoulder to head high surf for the better West facing beaches. Conditions look good and the dropping tide should not present any major issues for the early birds.

2012-12-20 Thu 03:29 AM 5.08 feet High Tide
2012-12-20 Thu 06:46 AM Sunrise
2012-12-20 Thu 10:09 AM 1.77 feet Low Tide
2012-12-20 Thu 11:50 AM Moonrise
2012-12-20 Thu 03:36 PM 3.50 feet High Tide
2012-12-20 Thu 04:46 PM Sunset
2012-12-20 Thu 09:25 PM 1.40 feet Low Tide

The conditions look great for the morning with North Easterly winds at 6-11 MPH until noon and Westerly winds at 4-8 MPH until sundown. Look for an air temp of 62 degrees.

The current water temps are as follows – Newport 59 degrees, Huntington 57 degrees, the South Bay showed as 60 degrees, Santa Monica 61 degrees and Malibu 60 degrees.

I’ll be back on Tuesday with the 5DAY 4CAST.