Weather Alerts for Santa Cruz

Issued by the National Weather Service

Beach Hazards Statement  BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT   Beach Hazards Statement
SANTA CRUZ

Areas Affected:
Coastal North Bay Including Point Reyes National Seashore - Northern Monterey Bay - San Francisco - San Francisco Peninsula Coast - Southern Monterey Bay and Big Sur Coast
Effective: Tue, 3/19 4:00am Updated: Mon, 3/18 10:53pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue, 3/19 11:00pm Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...INCREASED RISK OF SNEAKER WAVES TUESDAY..
.A long period westerly swell will arrive early Tuesday morning
and bring an increase risk of sneaker waves throughout the day and
into the evening. Expect long lulls between largest sets.
Beachgoers should use caution along area beaches. The risk of
sneaker waves will decrease as the period decreases Tuesday night.
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
TUESDAY EVENING...
The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Beach
Hazards Statement for increased risk of sneaker waves, which is
in effect from late tonight through Tuesday evening.
* HAZARDS...Increased risk of sneaker waves on northern and
central California beaches.
* TIMING...Tuesday 4 AM to 11 PM.
* LOCATION...Coastline from Sonoma County south through Monterey
County. In particular west facing beaches...including but not
limited to...Ocean beach...Montara State Beach...Halfmoon Bay
State Beach...Manresa State Beach...Monastery Beach and Marina
State Beach.
* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...Steep beaches will have a higher risk of
sneaker wave activity with greater wave run-up onto beaches than
normally expected. Unsuspecting beach-goers may be suddenly
pulled out to sea. Never turn your back to the ocean!

Information:
A Beach Hazard Statement for sneaker waves means that conditions
are present to support a heightened risk of unsuspecting beach
goers being swept into the sea by a wave. People walking along the
beach should never turn their back to the sea. Fisherman should
avoid fishing from rocks or jetties.