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Do you have any information (or could you direct me to information) on average seasonal wave height off the coast of San Diego County?

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2014  |  768 Views
 
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Dear David,

Apologies for the delay in responding; this question took a bit of digging.

You asked us, “Do you have any information (or could you direct me to information) on average seasonal wave height off the coast of San Diego County?”

I found differing definitions for “wave height.” I contacted the surfing Web site, http://www.surfline.com/home/index.cfm and got the following response from their staff:

 “Hi there,

While we do not have "averages" figured out, you can look into archived tide, wind and wave data to look into what the ocean was doing at specific times and locations.  Log into surfline, and go to Forecast > Archival Data, you can enter in a specific date and select the location (written in turquoise), and then click on "Local" which will allow to look more closely at San Diego tides and waves in the past. “

I also tried contacting the City of San Diego Lifeguards, but I did not get a response as yet.

I searched the Scripps archives online at UCSD, and no simple result or answer was found.

I checked some NOAA sites (collected buoy data, etc.) , but found nothing specific as an answer.

I found a great deal of scholarly research in our Academic Search Complete database about the query wave height and San Diego, but nothing I saw so far was exactly about season average wave height for our area. If you have a Library Card, you can search our database online for those articles; see here, and the “Academic Search Complete” database is the first one listed.

Finally, a colleague here suggested another NOAA site, http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ and we found a link that includes a PDF document (attached), covering the tide tables for 2012, and it includes nine (9) specific locations in San Diego County. It’s a 400-page document, but see especially pages 89-92 and 280 (in the PDF’s pagination). On Page 280, it lists the ranges with the mean and the Spring height, in feet.

We hope this is helpful to you in your research.

Best regards,
San Diego Public Library

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