Waves breaking on beach

Swells

Scripps Wave Model
Current Swells

Scripps Swell Model

One of the easiest to interpret swell models is this model from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The colors represent the difference in swell heights throughout Monterey Bay.

When reading this model consider the following:

  • On most days small swells are in the blues, with high swells starting with the greens. However, depending on the swell range, the scale can change. So always confirm the current color scale.
  • Monterey is usually sheltered from the primary swell. If you see large swells reaching into Monterey Peninsula, consider another day for diving.
  • The model is updated regularly, often twice a day, but always verify the date.
Today’s Swells

Interactive Swell Forecast

Windy.com’s interactive weather map provides many models valuable to divers, including swells, waves, wind, and rain. You can toggle between these views by clicking the model selector in the upper-right corner.

The status bar at the bottom allows selection of different times throughout the day, and you can zoom and drag the map to get more detailed information about a specific area of Monterey Bay.

Weekly Swell Forecast

NOAA Swell Forecast

The charts below list NOAA’s forecasts for swells heights in Monterey, and indicate the primary swell height and direction based on measurements northwest of Point Pinos, which is the northern tip of the Monterey Penninsula. Data is updated hourly.

Fri Jul 19th
12:00 am
1ft. W
6:00 am
1ft. W
12:00 pm
1ft. W
6:00 pm
1ft. W
Sat Jul 20th
12:00 am
1ft. W
6:00 am
1ft. W
12:00 pm
1ft. SW
6:00 pm
1ft. SW
Sun Jul 21st
12:00 am
1ft. SW
6:00 am
1ft. W
12:00 pm
1ft. SW
6:00 pm
1ft. SW
Mon Jul 22nd
12:00 am
1ft. W
6:00 am
1ft. W
12:00 pm
1ft. SW
6:00 pm
1ft. SW
Tue Jul 23rd
12:00 am
1ft. W
6:00 am
7ft. NW
12:00 pm
7ft. NW
6:00 pm
6ft. NW
Wed Jul 24th
12:00 am
5ft. NW
6:00 am
5ft. NW
12:00 pm
5ft. NW
6:00 pm
5ft. NW
Thu Jul 25th
12:00 am
4ft. NW
6:00 am
4ft. NW
12:00 pm
4ft. NW
6:00 pm
4ft. NW