At 3:00 pm today, the City of San Clemente surf report from the pier reported sustained winds of 45 from the southeast. That’s enough to grow waves locally. Below is a screenshot from Surfline.com’s T-Street webcam; and it is only beginning to build.
The weather reports were predicting rain that would be the heaviest in the last 10 to 20 years (kind of a typical weather forecaster’s vague speak). At any rate, below is a screenshot from Weather Underground showing the radar imagery for what is headed this way.
Lots of rain headed toward the headwaters of San Mateo Creek, our favorite Southern California pristine watershed that flows out to the Pacific at Uppers. The bottom has already changed this season, with more to come. It should set up some great waves by the time the summer south swells show up later this year.
In the meantime, maybe California is finally limping out of its long drought.
The El Nino winter last year fizzled out with no real rain, even though all the experts predicted heavy precipitation. It may be that if you look at the last several El Nino events, the heavy rain doesn’t actually show up until the first rainy season after the sea surface temperatures return to an ENSO-neutral condition.
Regardless, it’s great to see the San Mateo flowing with life again. Rain, rain, don’t go away.