Weather Alerts for Santa Cruz

Issued by the National Weather Service

Beach Hazards Statement  BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT   Beach Hazards Statement

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: Sat, 7/4 4:29am Updated: Sat, 7/4 11:18am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sun, 7/5 8:00pm Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

...Increased risk of sneaker waves and strong rip currents from
Coastal Sonoma County to Coastal Monterey County through Sunday
.A long period south to southwest swell will continue to impact
the coastline through most of the weekend before subsiding.
Energetic swell periods of 16 to 19 seconds Saturday and Sunday.
* WHAT...Sneaker waves, strong rip currents, longshore currents,
and moderate shore break.
* WHERE...Coastline from Sonoma County southward through
Monterey County. In particular south facing beaches...
including but not limited to...Santa Cruz and Stinson Beach.
* WHEN...Through 8 PM PDT Sunday.
* IMPACTS...Sneaker waves can knock unsuspecting beach goers
over and into the sea. Rip currents can pull swimmers and
surfers out to sea.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Please check with your local authorities
on potential beach closures. Steep beaches will have a higher
risk of sneaker wave and rip current activity with greater
wave run- up onto beaches.

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. Rip currents are
typically more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of jetties...
inlets...and piers. People walking along the beach should never
turn their back to the sea. Fisherman should avoid fishing from
rocks or jetties. Remain out of the water to avoid hazardous
swimming conditions. Anyone caught in a rip current should swim
parallel to the coast to escape the rip current before trying to
swim for shore.