Feb 19 2008

Small now, but looking good for the weekend

Published by at 7:16 am under Surf reports

 little but rideable at DY on 19 Feb 08

Hello Friends,

Oooo… still looking interesting for Thr-Fri in the Sydney region… but today really isn’t all that exciting. There were a few folks in the water at Dee Why this morning. It was glassy and around the knee to waist high range, so you really needed the mal or the fish to get up anything resembling speed.

The Bureau is calling for 10-15kts of light onshores from the E-NE.  Average size at sea off Sydney is around the metre mark at 7 seconds apart. The dominant direction is from the east, so that should mean pretty much the same conditions across our region.

Speaking of the Bureau, time for another quote from the marine forecast summary:

“During the next few days, a low is expected to develop in a monsoonal trough east of the central Queensland coast. This is expected to move southwards towards the QLD/NSW border during Wednesday before moving away to the southeast on Thursday. Wind strengths along the far north coast on Wednesday/Thursday will depend heavily on the exact location of the low. Swells are expected to increase to 3 to 3.5 metres in the far north during Wednesday with periods increasing to 10 seconds or more, with waves breaking dangerously, close inshore.”

I think that this is the first time I’ve ever seen a mention of period in one of these summaries –  which is kinda cool. But the interesting thing is that it currently looks as though we in Sydney should start to see that east swell filling in from around Thursday afternoon. The wind is due to be out of the SE unfortunately, but on Friday morning, the call is for NW-NE ahead of a late south change. At that point the models are calling for swell to be in the 2-3 metre range from the east at around 10 sec apart.

The call right now by the models is for swell to stick around at the 2m/10 sec mark pretty much through Monday. One of the longer range predictions shows a new southerly system swinging around Tasmania and arcing off toward NZ early next week. If that happens, it could fan some useful south east swell our way. So, all and all, it’s looking promising…

Keep on smiling!

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