It seems the wet La Nina pattern that dogged our summer is showing signs of easing.
March was the wettest month in NSW in more than half a century and the coolest in 18 years. This week Sydney surfers have been surfing in board shorts in 21 – 22 degree water, lapping up land temps in the mid to high 20s and basking in the sunshine we missed out on for much of summer 2011/12.
The best news has been the solid easterly pulse that has delivered waves from Noosa to Narooma.
A building trend in easterly groundswell began earlier this week, pushing up from two-to-three feet on Monday and Tuesday, to a stronger three-to-four feet by Wednesday and four-to-six on Thursday morning at exposed locations.
The winds have generally been light west-northwesterly early tending northeast during the day.
On the Gold Coast Johnny Charlton said, “On Thursday morning April 5, the swell increased to a solid and straight three-to-five foot with the odd bigger set from the east-southeast. The wind was light south-southwest early. There was a lot of water moving around and a bit of a gap between sets. It was for the experienced. TOS and D'bah were surf able early for the adventurous, but the points were the pick as the swell was a bit straight for the beachies.”
The swell is forecast to ease a little over Easter, but there should be waves right up and down the Eastern seaboard from a general easterly direction.
Check Benny Mac’s forecast for details and check back in on Tuesday for a more comprehensive wrap of the swell expected over Easter.