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Beyond the charts: and the secret of misto is swelling up.
1978 saw the birth of windsurfing professionally, most folks were riding individual flippers, and windsurfing prediction was a rare skill that consisted equally of scientific knowledge, intuitive skills and pure pots of happiness. A number of surfer had the fundamentals of windsurfing prediction under control, they could forecast the waves generated near the coast or by a front-end system.
But now and then a sea breeze didn't strike the coastline from an apparent well. These were mysterious waves, and thanks to today's windsurfing predictions they are virtually a thing of the past (cue complaining from Luddites surfing). As a result, the very far-reaching eastern swelling expected on Australia's east coastline this Sunday and Monday.
Ten years ago, this sea would have been difficult to see, and it would seem to have come out of nowhere in bear time. In front of the web, ham-surfing forecasts used the synoptic maps in the Bureau of Meteorology's newspaper. BOM maps were suitable for predicting sea conditions in Australia's water up to 2,000 km (a stretch to about New Zealand and half way to Heard Island), but were of no use for longer periods of sea from the Western Indian Ocean or the larger South Pacific.
These swellings had disappeared off the road. The seaway between Fiji and New Zealand last week-end could have been predicted by observing the BOM meteorological maps, as the ex-tropical cyclone Lusi was sitting exactly on the right side of the maps (top picture). Sharp surfer would have known a sea storm was approaching.
However, take a look at today's graphic (middle picture) and you won't see anything of importance in the eastern part of the African continen. Looks like there's nothing interesting in our nice windows. That is Tropical Cyclone Mike and it is gradually heading southwards into a wide and powerful commercial current generated by a large static high eastern New Zealand.
It is a great seaway system and is completely outside the BOM meteorological maps. Tropical cyclone Mike and Australia's eastern coast are approximately 4,600 km away, and the sea is estimated to take three to four full days to get to the north of NSW and southeast of Queensland. Surfing the BOM chart would have no clue where this is from.
Mysterious swelling indeed. However, with better maps, we now really know where this wave is coming from and why.