Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

East Winds Make for Junky Surf

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

East Winds Make for Junky Surf

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Byline: Mike Perry

INTERESTING to get such a rush of late-season cyclones and not much quality surf.

The consistent east winds have been the main culprit and have kept almost everywhere junky this week.

While the size has been good, the weather remains shifty, especially down south, and only the most protected corners have been clean.

Tropical Cyclone Iris wandered in from the east, lazily cruised down the coast to a few hundred kilometres off Hamilton Island and was expected to be downgraded to an ex-cyclone by late yesterday, whereupon it was expected to drift NW once again.

Ex TC Josie, out near Fiji a couple of days ago, has also sent us swell with most of that arriving just before the weekend as an underlying east.

Top that off with a bit of SE below Byron and things have been jumping, albeit poorly.

It should go without saying, but I'm going to say it loud and clear anyway: east swells are our most dangerous. Be ultra-careful of rips everywhere

Agnes Water to Coolangatta, tomorrow: Fresh E to SE winds will be on before dawn and conditions anywhere but the extremely protected points will be poor to bad. Size in those areas will be a bit under the open beaches (up to 2m) - likely 1 to 1.25m on the points. But as ex-TC Iris drifts back NW, some little-played areas further up north will come back up a bit. It'll be cloudy, and showers to rain are still an 80 per cent chance, but with 27C forecast, it'll also be muggy and hot. Gold Coast surfers willing to brave the Commonwealth Games traffic will find fewer clouds and plenty of onshore winds. We're expecting E to SE winds of 15 to 20 knots by sun-up and they'll hang in all day. Point surfing only. Waves will be in the 1 to 2m range and uneven-as on most if not all the beaches. Top temp will hit 28C about noon and there's a 40 per cent chance of rain or showers likely in the arvy.

Sunday: Background swell from Fiji will be easing, but residual swell from everywhere else will be keeping things messy and 1. …

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