Weather Alerts for Santa Cruz

Issued by the National Weather Service

High Surf Advisory  HIGH SURF ADVISORY   High Surf Advisory
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, 10/26 11:00am Updated: Tue, 10/26 2:25pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue, 10/26 8:00pm Severity: Minor Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...A LARGE SWELL TRAIN WILL CONTINUE TO BRING COASTAL HAZARDS TO
WEST TO NORTHWEST FACING BEACHES...
Although swell heights and periods have begun to subside, coastal
buoys still report swell heights of 15 to 16 feet at 14 to 16
seconds. This will continue to generate hazardous beach conditions
the rest of the day. These hazards include large breaking waves
of 18 to 24 feet (higher at favored break points), increased risk
of strong longshore and rip currents, increased risk of coastal
erosion, and enhanced coastal run up concerns due to the summer
beach profiles in place. Wave energy has the potential to move
onto the beach and overtake individuals, potentially injuring
them, or pulling them into the cold ocean. Each year, people die
at the coast due to these or similar ocean conditions. The high
surf warning will be allowed to expire at 11AM Tuesday, however, a
high surf advisory will then take effect until 8 PM Tuesday
evening. The highest risks once again for west to northwest facing
beaches. Waves will subside this evening and overnight.
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
...HIGH SURF WARNING WILL EXPIRE AT 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING...
* WHAT...Large breaking waves of 18 to 24 feet, increased coastal
run up, strong rip currents, and longshore currents..
* WHERE...Entire Pacific Coast from Sonoma to Monterey county.
Highest risk at west to northwest facing beaches, including
but not limited to: Ocean Beach, Montara State Beach, Half
Moon Bay State Beach, Manresa State Beach, and Marina State
Beach.
* WHEN...Until 8 PM PDT this evening.
* IMPACTS...Breaking waves can sweep people off jetties and docks,
and into dangerous seas. Dangerous swimming and surfing
conditions and localized beach erosion.

Information:
Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to
dangerous surf conditions.