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

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Storms Fade; New Swells Enroute

Today's storm started dropping rain about ten minutes after the NWS prediction. Rain has been steady all day from 11AM with messy sea conditions. This storm system is all but played out with a weak finale passing through on Thursday. But it may be so far to the north that we are relatively untouched.

The sat pics and animation clearly show the low pressure situated almost directly over Graham and Moresby Island (north of Vancouver Island) with the comma-like tail brushing through NorCal. A big patch of clearing weather is just offshore our NorCal location.

The final pic shows the StormSurf nearshore buoy forecast for the coming days. All the forecasters are pretty much on the same page with this. As the pic shows, expect the magic 14 second plus period swells to arrive by 10PM Wednesday night and continue through dark on Thursday. Wave heights will range between 8 and 12 feet. If the forecasters are right expect the 14 second period to drop and then jump back up again and stay with us from Friday at about 1PM all the way through early Monday morning. Wave heights are forecast from 9 to 16 feet. Weather should not be a factor after Thursday.

The weekend warriors should be ecstatic.

(For those (like me) who have a hard time with the UTC time zone conversions, click here for a webpage that shows the conversions for standard and daylight savings time.)

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