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South California Surf Report

This surf report contains buoy data and images that depict the current state of the ocean and atmosphere within the South California swell window. Use this page to track storms, observe arriving swells, and determine winds and tides at your beach.

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Buoy Overview Map
(Click on Buoy for More Data)
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute

 

 

Java Buoy Report
(Scripps Research Institute)

 

 

Stormsurf Buoys
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

 

 

Select Pacific Buoys
(Arranged in 'hit order' from North to South)
For a complete list of Pacific Ocean buoys, click here

Current Observations Swell Forecast
Buoy Number Buoy Name Primary Observation Secondary Observation Spectral Density of Current Observation 6 hr Hindcast & 180 hr Forecast
(NOAA OMB)
CANADA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1
Buoy Map 2
 
46184 N. Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
46004 Middle Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
46036 South Nomad NDBC Met   Forecast
US NW COAST
Well Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
46006 South Papa NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Middle
46005 Washington NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46002 Oregon NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
NORTH & CENTRAL CA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Map 1 North
& South
   
46059 California NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
46022 Eel River NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46030 Blunts Reef NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46014 Point Arena NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46026 San Francisco NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46012 Half Moon Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Santa Cruz (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
46042 Monterey Bay NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46028 Central San Martin NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46062 Pt San Luis NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Diablo Canyon (9 Band) SRI      
46011 Santa Maria NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46023 Point Arguello NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46063 Pt Conception NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  Harvest (9 Band) SRI CDIP    
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map 1    
  San Nicholas Is. (9 Band) SRI      
46025 Catalina RDG NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46047 Tanner Banks NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
46054 Santa Barbara W NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46053 Santa Barbara E NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
46045 Redondo Beach NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
  San Pedro (9 Band) SRI      
  Santa Monica (9 Band) SRI      
  Dana Point (9 Band) SRI      
  Oceanside (9 Band) SRI      
  Pt. La Jolla (9 Band) SRI     Forecast
SOUTHWEST TROPICAL PACIFIC (See N. Hawaii North Shore for buoy map)
51028 Christmas Island NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
  • SRI = Links to the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) data server for 9 band Directional Spectra
  • CDIP = Links to the Coastal Data Information Program data server for Directional Spectra
  • NDBC = National Data Buoy Center - Primary Source for Wave and Wind Observations
  • Wave Met = Links to the NDBC FTP server which is often up when the prime web server is down.
    Two links provided: One to detailed 'Wave' data, the other to 'Meteorlogical' data (including Significant Sea heights). Heights are in meters, Time in GMT/UTC. Field descriptions can be found here: Wave Met
  • Spec Dens = Links to the National Data Buoy Center. Dispalys the amount of energy in each spectral band by period.
  • Buoy Forecast is from the Wavewatch III Wave Model courtesy of NOAA OMB.
    Tabular display tracks up to 6 swells as they converge on any buoy simultaneously. Identifies Significant Wave Height, Swell Height, Period and Direction hourly for the previous 12 hours and 72 hours into the future. Wherever possible, the Regional Model is used to increase accuracy. Heights are in meters, Period in seconds. Direction indicates where the swell is heading. Add or substract 180 degrees to calcuate where it came from.

 

 

Spectral Density
(Dana Point CDIP Buoy)

 

 

Directional Spectra Map
Courtesy: Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)

 

Southern California

 

San Pedro

 

San Diego

 

 

Swell Trend for Buoy 46025
Catalina RDG
Courtesy: National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

Swell Height (in ft) & Period (in secs)

 

 

Wind Conditions via RUC2 Model
(updated every 3 hours)
Courtesy: NOAA FSL

 

Northeast Pacific Satellite Image with AVN Model Overlay
Courtesy: San Fracisco State University

 

 

Full Pacific Satellite Image
Courtesy: Naval Research Laboratory
Click for full size image

Click for full sized image.

 

 

Northeast Pacific Ocean Surface Level Pressure and Winds from the MM-5 Model
Courtesy: University of Washington
(Updated twice per day)

 

 

Southern California Infrared Satellite Image with Observation Overlay
Courtesy: San Francisco State University

 

 

Current Global Winds Via WindSat Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Local Marine Wind Conditions Via WindSat Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Current 00hr NOAA Wave Model
(Uses NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model)
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute

NE Pacific View

Height Period

 

 

SE Pacific View

Height Period

 

 

Current 00hr NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Height Period

 

 

Stormsurf Buoy Forecasts
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

 

 

Tides
Courtesy: Biological Sciences: University of South Carolina

Morro Beach, Estero Bay, California
Morro Bay, California
Port San Luis, California
Rincon Island, California
Los Angeles, California
Catalina Harbor, California
La Jolla, California
San Diego, California (2)
San Diego, California
San Diego Bay Entrance, California Current

 

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