NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26

Posted by: gustfront

NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 21/01/2002 23:35

The next 3 to 5 days look interesting as far as swell is concerned along the NSW and Sth QLD coast is concerned. A strong high developing over NZ and the prospect of a low in the eastern Coral Sea should produce a large area of strong/gale easterly winds north of NZ. We could see a very nice E/NE swell building along the coast mid-week heading into the weekend. Worth watching.
Posted by: pingtang

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 22/01/2002 15:16

We havent had a good NE groundswell in a long while.It is Head-High today on the south coast,but that is windswell.What do you think the winds will be doing along the coast,up until the weekend?
Posted by: gustfront

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 00:57

The swell did indeed arrive yesterday and has caused havoc right along the NSW SEQLD coast. Many beach closures and injuries. frown

I recall another Australia Day, 1987 also produced a huge swell resulting in a similar situation. Australia Day usually hosts several large surf carnivals. I recall watching competitive surf boats getting trashed from Freshwater Headland on Australia Day 1987 - that swell was a monster.
Posted by: Adiabatic

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 01:02

Hey GF, were you in Melbourne this weekend?

Anyway, its crazy to see how jet skiers and people would go out in such appalling conditions, lifeguards risking their lives to save others who don't appear to have common sense.

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Posted by: gustfront

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 01:09

No, I ended up staying in Sydney. The weather here turned out much better than expected. smile

I agree though, jetskiers are nuts. smile
Posted by: Adiabatic

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 01:15

Now now our weather was beautiful, 37 degrees, DPs in the 20s, and thunderstorms Fri/Sat...you missed out. The surf was good aswell, apart from Sunday, it was flat as a tack.

How is the swell ATM, dropping off or contiuing to sustain or increase in height.

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Posted by: gustfront

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 01:17

Looks like it's approaching it's peak. You can track it here:
http://www.mhl.nsw.gov.au/www/real_quick.htmlx
Posted by: Adiabatic

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 28/01/2002 01:26

Thanks for the link Mark.

:cheers:

Any reports of minor-major erosion?

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Posted by: Alex Zadnik

Re: NSW/Sth QLD swell prospects - Jan 24/26 - 29/01/2002 10:26

Swell did indeed pick up for the weekend Mr Front, Fairy Bower at Manly had some large crowds to go with the large?(well, bigger than usual) swell. I ended up tackling Whale beach on Saturday, which had some 5ft sets with a bit of power. Lots of fun, after battling traffic for two hours to get there! Swell is beginning to drop off now, but still a bit about. We should see a bit of swell (3-4ft) sticking 'round right into next weekend. Unfortuneatly the onshore winds will also be with us.
Victoria has a couple of offshore days approaching (Fri and Sat), although swell prospect is not huge, I'm off to magical sorrento for the weekend, so hopefully the school holiday crowd has vamoosed! The island will also be good 4 seasons.