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Santa Cruz: Surf’s UP!

The first solid swell of the fall has rolled through Santa Cruz.

Some towns wouldn’t even notice. 😉

It’s front page news, however, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “Clean, glassy surf and overhead waves” described the waters at Santa Cruz County surf breaks this afternoon.

A west-northwest swell hit the Monterey Bay buoy at 9.7 feet at 15 second intervals Monday afternoon, and forecasters predict similar conditions for today (Tuesday). Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point are expected to have waves today again in the 4-7 feet range with the swell tapering to 3-5 feet Wednesday and smaller Thursday.

The water temperature was 56 degrees F today. Brrrrrrrrrrr….! You have to love the Pacific in Northern California! The air temperature was 61 degrees F. THAT will cool off your wet body! 😉

The National Weather Service calls for a high of 66 on Tuesday and 64 on Wednesday – both days with patchy fog and sun.

(Please note my recent blog about THIS being the time of year when Great White Sharks congregate in shallow waters close to shore. :-) )

-Bill at

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