Swell Wave Height (ft.) and Direction
Mat 'Sonic' Clark wrote:For short range forecasting MagicSeaweed (MS) has just about everything you need. I especially like the near-shore forecasts for Fistral and Bantham. The Bantham forecast gives a pretty good indication as to whether or not swell will get into the south coast (I surf praa on the south coast normally and it tends to correlate quite well). It’s always been I nightmare to predict surf on the south coast and, although it’s not perfect, the MS near shore model really helps.
The only other WAM chart I look at regularly is
https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/ww3_cgi/cgi-bin/ww3_area.cgi?color=b&area=natlSwell Wave Height (ft.) and Direction
This is somewhat like the near-shore model as it filters out the low period wind swell. Also it’s based on the NGP weather model (not the best but okay for short range forecasts) so gives a slightly different take on things compared to the GFS model the MS info is based on.
The UKMET model is also worth a look. I tend to compare the MS wind chart with those on the BBC site(although the BBC charts seem to be a bit screwed and have been for ages).
For longer range forecasting compare GFS and ECMWF and perhaps take a look at the GFS Ensemble.
Mat 'Sonic' Clark wrote:If the predicitions for your main break don't seem very accurate its probably best to look at the WAM height and period charts themseleves and get feel for what leads to good conditions.
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