Wednesday, 12 April 2023

The broad, complex Tasman low which generated large S swells is now positioned on the other side of New Zealand with a lingering fetch of SSE-SE winds under the South Island. A much smaller, cut-off low NW  of Tasmania is linked via a trough line to TC Ilsa  off the Kimberly Coast and is expected to drift into the Tasman Sea tomorrow bringing a fresh S’ly flow to round off the week. A dynamic trough blocking pattern is then expected to unfold in the medium term.

Monday, 10 April 2023

A deep Tasman low positioned midway between the Apple Isle and New Zealand is responsible for the current south swell. And it's not over yet.

Friday, 7 April 2023

A mid-latitude low slips East of Tasmania overnight and deepens rapidly as it merges with an incoming frontal system. The front brings a strong W’ly flow through Sat which will herald the start of a major S swell episode.

Wednesday, 5 April 2023

The big ticket item presently is the complex trough of low pressure off the Mid North Coast. Current ASCAT (satellite windspeed) passes show a proximate fetch of strong winds with embedded low end E’ly quarter gales aimed directly at the Mid North Coast.

Monday, 3 April 2023

A small closed low forming in the trough off the Mid North Coast then slowly retracts eastwards as we head into the Easter weekend. Winds are going to be a bit tricky but we’ll have plenty of E/NE-E swell to play with this week as this E’ly fetch forms up. 

Friday, 31 March 2023

An upgrade is now expected for Sat as the low east of Tasmania deepened and produced a longer and stronger fetch of SSW winds extending north and south of Tasmanian latitudes.

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

A front sweeping in behind the trough is bringing a clearing W’ly flow through temperate NSW today, reaching the sub-tropics tomorrow. A belt of high pressure below the continent is now weakening and setting us up for a more benign pattern compared to Mondays notes. Small S swell pulses are on the menu from this frontal activity.

Monday, 27 March 2023

A small trough of low pressure off the Gippsland coast is replaced by another trough system later in the week. Far to the south of this hot, soupy mess a series of stronger polar lows are traversing the Far Southern Ocean, supplying some small pulses of S swell.

Friday, 24 March 2023

Long period S swells will be the dominant swell trains next week as a series of deep low traverse the far southern Tasman Sea and become slow moving in New Zealand longitudes.

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

High pressure has now moved into the Tasman, weakening rapidly as it does so. In the south a small trough of low pressure off the Gippsland coast is aiding a N-NE flow through temperate NSW. In the Coral Sea a monsoon trough remains active with a persistent but unspectacular trade-wind flow maintaining a small E swell signal. The remnants of a low near the South Island are now dissipating after a final flare up yesterday.