G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Clear, Cold and Flat

Massive high pressure sits ensconced over the Western US and Pacific. There has been a slow but steady offshore flow of dry, cold air. Relative humidities are so low a red flag fire alert has been issued for Napa County with hazard alerts in effect for all the North Bay counties.

Temps have consistently dipped into the mid-30's each night this last week with frost making it's first fleeting appearances of the season.

What the NPAC giveth on Thanksgiving, the NPAC taketh today. Such is the cycle of life. Surf is flat today but forecast to come up some on Sunday. SE Papa is currently 13' @ 14 seconds after hitting a couple of hours worth of 20 second swell periods last night. The California buoy started showing 16 second periods with 5 foot waves yesterday at 5PM. By my calcs we could see some waves from this data today about 9AM. Just in time for the 6.5 foot high tide. Tides that high will be wave killers for sure. I don't think the swell will be big enough to overcome the high tide. But if the swell fills in during the day then at the lower tide it could be good.

Anyway, no waves, high tide? Get out and paddle!

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