The winter swell season 14/15 began with a series of solid NW swells in early December.

 

December dropped an exciting 6+ inches of rain on San Diego county. The North Pacific swell and precip engine was alive and well.

A very cold storm brought the snow level down to 1000' on the night of Dec. 30, 2014.

A very cold storm brought the snow level down to 1000′ on the night of Dec. 30, 2014.

To begin the new year, high pressure settled over the eastern Pacific, effectively shutting off the precipitation. Sunny skies, hot days, light wind and warm water pervaded much of January and February.  

From our perspective, Sunday, January 25th was the best day of the winter.  Classic long period, NW swell started filling in on Saturday. The next morning dawned 6-10ft, glassy and pumping. 

Complex low pressure system in the North Pacific. Jan. 20, 2015. Photo: StormSurf

Complex low pressure system in the North Pacific- Jan. 20, 2015.                        Image: StormSurf

The rest of winter passed with consistently fun but not epic surf. Spring is acting rather strange. May 2015 is one of the wettest Mays in recorded history with well over an inch of rain. That brings our season total in San Diego to 9+ inches; only an inch below average but not enough to quench our thirst.

In March, Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The storm, moving east, then went extra-tropical and strengthened. A solid SSW swell reached California beginning on Sat. March 28th and peaking on Sunday the 29th. NW windswell provided just enough cross up to create stellar left-hand bowl sections.

Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of April 4th.

Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of April 4th.  

Bodysurfing yarns woven 'tween crest & trough