we face WEST , so....


local waters forecast

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Local Waters Forecast
Issued at 4:30 am WST on Wednesday 22 August 2012
Valid until midnight Friday

Please Be Aware
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum
wave may be up to twice the height.

Strong Wind Warning.

Synoptic Situation
A low pressure system with associated cold front is moving eastwards along the
south coast with a high pressure ridge developing over local waters from

Wednesday until midnight: Winds: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning southerly
15 to 20 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2
metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres.
Swell at Cottesloe: to 1.6 m.

Winds on Melville Water: Similar but 5 to 10 knots lighter.

Thursday: Winds: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to variable
winds to 10 knots early in the morning. Seas: Up to 1 metre. Swell:
Southwesterly 2.5 to 3.5 metres.
Friday: Winds: Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots during
the afternoon then tending southeasterly during the evening.

Current swell height information is supplied by the Department of Transport [!] and
is current only at the time of issue of this forecast

The next routine forecast will be issued at 11:30 am WST Wednesday.

… easterlies , and ‘variable winds’ [usually no wind , ie:  G L A S S Y ]  are what is optimum , here…
as someone said on the "I had a GREAT surf today " thread …
  "the best [surfs] are the ones that are not forecast "
  and now [in our southern hemi winter ] , 
that can be when a front doesn’t arrive till later , [or at ALL !!] so the winds are non-existant . 
 [ an hour  or two  of surfing [maybe , if you’re lucky ?!]  , between fronts , here  !]
the other thing I watch , regularly , is   this
as   well as the "current perth winds ’ chart , and occassionally the surf cams [but they are usually too far away to really get a GOOD idea …checking firsthand is the GO !!
WHAT do you guys do , to keep on it ? 

Hey ben, I just keep checking. Last 2 days have been small, but glassy, and very good longboard waves. First day all by myself, this morning just me and another regular. Though I forgot my wettie, so had to go out in boardies and a rashie. I just got a text from my balls, they’ll drop out of my stomach sometime next week haha. Was worth it though!

Hope hope hope that when I get time to surf its surfable
under 2m of swell usually works here over that it gets a bit iffy for the local beachy unless your very lucky.

The un forcast waves are the best especialy when its forcast to be flat and its not :slight_smile:

Interestingly last summer everytime there was a cyclone swell the cams and forcasts would go on the blink for a few days.

" Interestingly , last summer , everytime there was a cyclone swell ...


 the cams and forecasts would go 'on the blink'  [on the blank ?]  for a few days."




  ...you have black gaffer tape in 'inzerd' , too,  no doubt  , Thomas ?!