Current and Forecasted Weather and Ocean Conditions near the Channel Islands

The members of the Ventura Power Squadron are happy to provide this reviewed list of important links. When considered in total, the sites below will provide an accurate and comprehensive view of the current and forecasted weather and ocean conditions for the area surround the California Channel Islands. Every boater, from experienced commercial captain to weekend jet-ski enthusiast, will find the data here invaluable. Feel free to bookmark this page and visit often.

Weather Forecasts
Up-to-the Minute Marine Forecast – National Weather Service – TEXT ONLY
Text only page shows current marine forecasts from the National Weather Service. Shows inner and outer waters.
Up-to-the Minute Marine Weather Forecast – National Weather Service
HTML page showing current marine forecasts from the National Weather Service. Shows inner and outer waters.
Ventura California – Beach Forecast
From The Weather Channel. Shows forecast for the beaches of Ventura County.
Current Buoy Readings
All Current Buoy Readings – Combined NOAA and CDPI Readings
Shows current readings. Significant wave height, interval, and wind speed transmitted by buoys along the U.S. Pacific Coast (including Hawaii). Data is rarely over an hour old. (Note: This site takes a few moments to load.)
Santa Barbara East Channel Buoy
The Santa Barbara East Buoy is located 12 nautical miles southwest of Santa Barbara, CA (34°14’10″N 119°51’00″W). This page provides current readings, as well as past 24- hour history to show trend. Presents significant wave height, interval, and wind speed. Data is rarely over an hour old.
Santa Barbara West Channel Buoy
The Santa Barbara West Buoy is located 38 nautical miles west of Santa Barbara, CA (34°16’08″N 120°26’54” W). This page provides current readings, as well as past 24- hour history to show trend. Presents significant wave height, interval, and wind speed. Data is rarely over an hour old.
Point Conception Channel Buoy
The Point Conception Buoy is located 50 nautical miles west of Santa Barbara, CA (34°15’03″N 120°39’53” W). This page provides current readings, as well as past 24- hour history to show trend. Presents significant wave height, interval, and wind speed. Data is rarely over an hour old.
Current Swell Charts
ANIMATED Swell Chart – U.S. Navy – current and forecasted conditions
Now unclassified. Chart showing current swell height and directions for Southern California. Step by step animation then shows forecasted height and direction within the next 12, 24, 36 and 48 hours. Invaluable tool for overnight cruise planning.
Current Swell Height Chart – Santa Barbara Channel
Color chart showing current swell heights the Santa Barbara Channel. Data is rarely over two hours old.
Current Swell Height Chart – Southern California
Color chart showing current swell heights for Southern California from Point Conception to below San Diego. Data is rarely over two hours old.
Current Sea Temperature Chart
Sea Temperature – U.S. Navy
Shows current water temperatures for Southern California coast and outlying waters. Invaluable information for sportfisherman.
South – Pt. Conception to Mexican waters
North – Northern California to San Diego