I spent the whole morning at the harbor yesterday. Between and a shortboard and SUP foiling session I took these photos.
Brother Ken has a wonderfully low and centered stance.
4am significant buoy readings and discussion
1.4ft @ 12s from 184° (S)
0.8ft @ 9s from 169° (SSE)
Here’s a surprising statement from NOAA this morning:
Surf along north facing shores will be 5 to 7 feet this evening, rising to 11 to 15 feet tonight through Friday.
Surf will reach advisory levels along north and west facing shores tonight through Friday as a new northwest swell builds.
Really? I didn’t remember any significant NW fetch that would justify that, so I went and put together the maps of Feb 27, 28, 29 and March 1. Yes, there is a WNW/NW fetch, but not one that would generate a swell not even close to advisory level. Surfline seems to support my skepticism, by indicating a swell that yes should pick up tonight and last all week, but only up to a couple of feet! I usually trust the NOAA, but I’m not sure where they got that prediction. Maybe the fetch got stronger between my 24h spaced samples and maybe they have access to satellite outputs that read some high seas, but I’m still very doubtful… where’s uncle Pat when we need him?! We’ll see. For sure none of that will happen today, which, once again, will only see elevated ENE windswell.
Satellite image not available today.