October 7, 2010

Wicked Westerlies

It looks like a pretty windy yucky old weekend! The Met Service is predicting

Situation: Wind Warnings are in force in all areas. A trough approaching from the Tasman Sea should cross the area on Saturday. A second trough should cross the region late Sunday, followed by a strong, disturbed southwest flow. A ridge is likely to spread onto the far south late Monday and spread north on Tuesday.

Friday: Northwest 10 knots tending northerly 15 knots this afternoon then rising to 20 knots gusting 30 knots this evening and to 25 knots gusting 35 knots tonight. Slight sea, but waves choppy when wind opposes tide, becoming moderate this evening and rough tonight. Cloudy periods, with fair visibility in rain developing tonight.
Saturday: Changing westerly 25 knots gusting 35 knots in the morning then tending southwest in the afternoon then easing to 15 knots in the evening. Rough sea easing to slight but choppy when wind opposes tide in the evening. Poor visibility in rain then easing to a few showers in the morning.
Sunday: Westerly 20 knots, becoming southwest 25 knots gusting 35 knots at night. Mainly fine, but showers developing at night.

Saturday High Tide 0805 Auckland 3.5
Sunday High Tide 0854 Auckland 3.5

When it is blowing like this I reckon that the best bets are the Te Atatu to Akarana or St Heliers, or an Island Bay/Beachhaven run round to Takapuna. These runs can absolutely fly if you come home with that tide.

As always team have fun out there, but be safe.

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