Santa Cruz County
Wave Heights

Near Shore Wave Height Forecast
*Santa Cruz County surf and weather forecast based on Steamer Lane

This Afternoon
This Afternoon<br>A 50 percent chance of showers.  Partly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
ThursdayThursday<br>A 20 percent chance of showers before 11am.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 7 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Friday<br>Rain likely, mainly after 11am.  Cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind 6 to 10 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday<br>A 20 percent chance of showers.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Sunday<br>Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Monday<br>A chance of rain.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Tuesday<br>A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
01AM-19mph from the SE
04AM-23mph from the ESE
10AM-17mph from the S
01PM-14mph from the SW
04PM-15mph from the SW
10PM-16mph from the WSW
01AM-10mph from the SW
04AM-9mph from the W
10AM-6mph from the SE
01PM-16mph from the W
04PM-18mph from the W
10PM-6mph from the NW
01AM-4mph from the NW
04AM-5mph from the N
10AM-7mph from the E
01PM-8mph from the WSW
04PM-10mph from the SSW
10PM-8mph from the S
01AM-4mph from the S
04AM-4mph from the S
10AM-5mph from the NW
01PM-11mph from the NW
04PM-11mph from the NW
10PM-12mph from the NW
01AM-5mph from the NW
04AM-5mph from the NW
10AM-4mph from the N
01PM-6mph from the W
04PM-6mph from the W
10PM-8mph from the WSW
01AM-4mph from the E
04AM-4mph from the E
10AM-5mph from the SSE
01PM-10mph from the SSW
04PM-10mph from the SSW
10PM-9mph from the SSW
01AM-5mph from the E
04AM-5mph from the E
10AM-5mph from the ESE
01PM-10mph from the SSW
04PM-10mph from the SSW

How this works

This chart shows you 7-days worth of swell/weather/wind information all in place. You have “incoming swell” (in feet) charted by the blue line on the gray graph. You have the weather icons for each day below the graph and you have the wind, speed and direction represented by the directional arrows topped by a blue “wind strength” indicator.

These nearshore wave height forecasts are custom built for each surf region using an average/above-average indicator break as a focal point. These forecasts aren’t just some knock-off of a generic Wavewatch III spectral point being regurgitated, these are true nearshore forecasts that use proprietary algorithms factoring in things like swell windows, island shadowing, bathymetry data, swell-period travel time, and other critical forecast components that tune the nearshore forecast specifically for your region, giving you a good solid overview of incoming swell, weather and wind, so that you can go out and find the best spot to score.

Santa Cruz County Offshore Swell Forecast

How this works

The Offshore Swell Forecast shows you the 7-day forecast starting at the current time and going out from the latest forecast run. Mousing over any part of the graph (any line including the solid shaded area in the background) will pop up a new box near your pointer that shows the DATE/TIME/COMBINED BUOY HEIGHT in the top of the box, and then the specifics of the line you are hovering over like SWELL HEIGHT, SWELL PERIOD, SWELL DIRECTION (both in Simple Compass direction, like Northwest, and specific degrees 308). If you follow the contour of the line you can see hour by hour how that swell behaves over the course of the forecast period.

*Note: clicking on an individual swell in the legend of the chart you can “hide” that data stream making the chart easier to navigate