I'd missed swimming on Tuesday because of an appointment so I was looking forward to gettin in this morning. I had a ZOOM meeting that ran until 8:30 so I arrived at Avila just before 9. Theresa and Grace had gotten in earlier and I saw them over near the Cal Poly Pier when I was on the Avila Pier taking the water temperature. The got out just before I got in.
Today was like last weekend with the water at 51 degrees but the air temperature was up to a nice 55 instead of in the low 30's. That made a big difference in how comfortable it felt in the water. It was clear and sunny with a mild offshore breeze. There were 3 to 4 foot waves and a strong current and chop from the SW.
I swam out to the end of the Avila Pier because that distance is enough to get me acclimated to 50 something degree water. I started out to do a simple triangle route but decided to skip going under the pier in today's swell and instead swam back along the pier and down the other side for an additional 4 or 500 M. The chop and strong current gave each leg different conditions.
A massive 941 mb storm with hurricane-force winds is forecast to develop in the Gulf of Alaska on Friday into Saturday. A very-long period northwesterly (295-degree, deep-water) swell from this intense low-pressure system will reach the Central Coast on Monday morning and afternoon at 7- to 9-feet (with a 24- to 26-second period), increasing to 12- to 14- feet (with an 18- to 20-second period) Monday night into Tuesday. This northwesterly swell will decrease to 9- to