August. Transition month on the North Coast. Buckeye trees are already turning and i actually saw a few local maples showing some very early color this morning as they give up on the dry summer and decide to toss in the towel with hopes for a wet Fall.
If you've been in the water lately, you've noticed how warm it is. Unusually warm in fact this time of year. The entire Pacific Basin remains much warmer than usual as our northwest wind machine has been very quiet. This is a good thing, as high pressure, a dominant feature for the past three years in the Eastern Pacific is not strong. Hoping that it doesn't regain momentum as we head into September so we can get some early storm development. The book on this years El Nino is still being written. For sure it doesn't look like a big event, could even end up a very non event - but everything is in far better shape than in anytime over the past three years. Another month or two - and we will have a handle on the cards we will be dealt for the Fall/Winter Season.
In the meantime, windswell remains primary wave source with some signs of life down under for some new south/southwest swells as we move into August. North Pacific still fairly active for late July, but not much swell pointed our way yet. Cya in the water.