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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring In Full Swing With Winter Hangin' On

In the last two weeks Spring, has shown the full array of Spring-like weather. Since my last post we've seen everything from May Gray/June Gloom fog with onshore winds, to bright and clear skies with chilly to mild temps. Two things have been consistent though, the lack of surf and the fact that Winter just doesn't seem to want to let go, even though El Nino is supposedly dead and gone.

With a few days excepted, May has been unseasonably cool, with more rain than is usual. No complaints here, in fact, I like it...but it does seem a little weird. In my neighborhood everyone cleared out the tall grass, only to have to do it again (and again) due to the late season rains which caused two additional late season crops. And as of this writing the NWS is calling for more precip next week. But I'd rather have it this way any day compared to the last three years of La Nina drought.

While our surfing brothers and sisters in SoCal have been enjoying a steady stream of mostly consistent South Pacific swells, those same southies are not poking their pointy little heads into our ready and waiting Bay. Even the wind swells have been so steeply angled from the north, not a lot in the way of good surf has graced our shores. That may be changing rapidly as a double shot of better aimed and more powerful south swell is on it's way. Even the north wind, which is so typical in Spring, has ramped up again, so we should see something in the way of northwest swell during the next few days and into next work week.

So even though we've lost El Nino, we still may enjoy the residual effects from the SPAC of increased activity this Summer. Hope so!

1 comment:

  1. Got some fun ones on the sandbar over my way before the tide finally killed it last night. It's about time!