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: Fri, 11/22 7:59am Updated: Fri, 11/22 12:29pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sat, 11/23 4:00am Severity:  Moderate  Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...INCREASED RISK OF SNEAKER WAVES THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
.There is a long period west-northwest swell which will impact
the coastline from Sonoma southward through Big Sur. Forerunner
waves will continue to impact the coast into early Saturday
morning. These sneaker waves will be infrequent waves powerful
enough to knock unsuspecting people into the ocean during
otherwise deceptively light seas.
...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT...
* HAZARDS...Increased sneaker wave risk.
* TIMING...Through 4 AM Saturday.
* LOCATION...Entire Pacific coastline from Sonoma south to Big
Sur.
* POTENTIAL IMPACTS...Larger surf at offshore breaks and an
enhanced risk of sneaker waves on northwest California
beaches. Steep beaches will have a higher risk of sneaker wave
activity with greater wave run-up onto beaches. Large waves
will also wash over jetties and rock outcroppings that may
normally stay dry.

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.