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

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hot Weather - Part 1

It was still chilly enough this morning to fire up the pellet stove for a few hours. Even flipped the switch on the radiator in the office to take the chill off.

Athough a high thin layer of clouds is seeming to betray the forecast for 90 degree record breaking temps this day, a high pressure ridge is slowly moving over our CWA and the NWS is's gonna be hot.

Quikscat, MM5 and NOAA images all show the winds that are creating the next NW swell, scheduled to make landfall somewhere around Thurs/Friday and perhaps into the weekend as well. Pressure gradients are supposed to tighten creating offshore flow that could lead to fire weather very early this year. I'm still waiting to see if the algae will bloom and create a red tide if the sun induced hotter temps warm the ocean up dramatically.

Not much in the way of local windswell and I expect things will really calm down until the new swell fills in (if it fills in). But the wave prognosticating gurus seem to be feeling more confident that something is coming our way.

A down winder with the SCPU is on tap for Saturday unless the offshores and northwest swell spoil the usual northwesterlies that would make for the advent of the "down wind." May or may not happen. Damn! I guess we'll just have to surf!

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