Craig

Take your pick over the coming period

Victoria Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 11th September)

Best Days: Thursday morning, Surf Coast Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Recap

The Surf Coast cleaned up nicely yesterday with a mix of easing S/SW swell and long-range W/SW groundswell to 3ft to occasionally 4ft, bumpy and average to the east.

Today, the first of our long-period SW groundswells due this week has filled in, providing pumping waves across most breaks. The Surf Coast is 4-5ft, 6ft+ to the east.

Today’s Forecaster Notes are brought to you by Rip Curl

This week and weekend (Sep 12 – 15)

Today's pulse of long-period SW groundswell is expected to ease off this afternoon, but our secondary pulse of long-period SW groundswell is looking a little better now. As talked about on Monday, the low linked to the swell tracked east-southeast through our swell window, but was a little stronger than expected with a fetch of storm-force W/NW winds generated.

This on top of the active sea state generated by the initial low should produce a good and similar sized pulse of SW groundswell for tomorrow morning, keeping 4-5ft waves hitting the Surf Coast (possibly the odd bigger cleanup), 6-8ft to the east.

Conditions will be great again through the morning with a moderate to fresh N/NW offshore, giving into an early afternoon SW change.

The swell will ease into the afternoon, though steady Friday with a new SW groundswell arriving late morning and keeping the Surf Coast around 4ft on the sets, 5-6ft to the east. This swell will be produced by a weaker but good front moving in behind the intense low, generating a fetch of strong to gale-force W/SW winds.

Winds will be best for the Surf Coast all day with a NW tending W/NW breeze.

Yet another but fast tracking front is expected to push in Friday evening, producing a mid-period SW swell for Saturday, keeping the Surf Coast around 3ft to possibly 4ft. Conditions will remain best across the Surf Coast with a W/NW offshore tending variable early afternoon ahead of sea breezes.

A temporary low point in swell is expected Sunday morning, but into the afternoon and more so Monday morning, a god but inconsistent new W/SW groundswell is due.

This swell is being generated in our far swell window by a broad and strong frontal progression through the southern Indian Ocean. The progression is weakening south-west of WA, but a secondary intensification of the remnants of the storm south-west of us on the weekend looks to generate a better more consistent long-period SW groundswell for Monday.

Coming back to Sunday afternoon's increase in inconsistent W/SW groundswell and swell magnets should reach 3-4ft by dark on the Surf Coast, 6ft to the east with N/NW tending NW winds ahead of a late change.

Monday's SW groundswell looks to come in at a stronger 4-5ft on the Surf Coast, but the polar system looks to stall and continue aiming W/SW gales in our southern swell window, producing a larger S/SW groundswell for Tuesday. This looks to be more to 4-6ft on the Surf Coast and 8ft to the east.

Winds at this stage diverge with the models not agreeing on a trough moving in from the west, so we'll have to have a closer look at this Friday,

Following this we'll continue to see winter calibre storms firing up in our swell window, possibly linked to the Sudden Stratospheric Warming event mentioned over the last couple of weeks, but we'll continue to monitor this.

Comments

adam12's picture
adam12's picture
adam12 commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 12:10pm

Craig, did you check your headline with Vic.local first? Is it approved?

Craig's picture
Craig's picture
Craig commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 12:11pm

First draft was.. "Swell and winds this period"

Nick Bone's picture
Nick Bone's picture
Nick Bone commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 1:15pm

Should always use that heading. It’s a 100% strike rate for accuracy 99.6% of the time.

I can’t remember a flat glass off but im sure it has happened.

I am the bone

viccokook's picture
viccokook's picture
viccokook commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 9:56am

Haha. Let's hope all the regulars like Vic.local are getting their fill up before any of us blow ins do.

Kellya's picture
Kellya's picture
Kellya commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 12:17pm

I am on the next plane over. Can't miss out on the swell of the decade.

CRS's picture
CRS's picture
CRS commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 8:15pm

Yeah! That’s a good headline

HKFC's picture
HKFC's picture
HKFC commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 11:38am

Waves! On the weekend! Already texted all me mates. We're gonna meet in Fitzroy and get stuck in. Yewww!

Vic Local's picture
Vic Local's picture
Vic Local commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 11:54am

Get your fill folks. I'm out of action for the next week. Peace Out.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 4:09pm

"Movement in the ocean and movement of surface winds in this week's forecast, possible sunlight and clouds, and tides will vary"

Bnkref's picture
Bnkref's picture
Bnkref commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 4:19pm

Gold VJ.

Craig, good luck coming up with the headlines!

Great to see a decent run down here after just last week lamenting the slow winter.

velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 4:37pm

Actually Craig doing the concealed notes in Latin, I was wondering why I was surrounded by 2nd year Arts Language students and Jesuit monks last time I paddled out...

Pops's picture
Pops's picture
Pops commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 4:43pm

Classic.
In case you're curious, that's just Lorem Ipsum, VJ. Standard filler text - doesn't actually mean anything.

velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 7:08pm

Thanks Pops, cheers for clearing it up. Would be cool if it was Latin though

Tenax Propositi Vinco

Nick Bone's picture
Nick Bone's picture
Nick Bone commented Thursday, 12 Sep 2019 at 7:25pm