Weather Alerts for Santa Cruz

Issued by the National Weather Service

Coastal Flood Advisory  COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY   Coastal Flood 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: Sat, 2/16 6:00am Updated: Sat, 2/16 9:44am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sat, 2/16 10:00am Severity: Minor Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...High surf will combine with high tides on Saturday morning to
result in localized coastal flooding...
.A large and long period west to northwest swell will continue to
impact the region on Saturday. Tidal gauges this evening show
water levels as much as half a foot above the predicted tides.
High tides Saturday morning in combination with continued large
west to northwest swell will result in localized coastal
flooding.
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS
EVENING...
...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING...
* COASTAL FLOODING...Low-lying areas along the immediate coast,
bay front, marshes and sloughs can experience minor flooding.
These locations may also include parking lots, coastal trails,
sidewalks and even roadways that are not ordinarily impacted
by the water.
* WAVES AND SURF...A large and long period west to northwest
swell of 14 to 17 feet will produce breaking waves of 18 to 25
feet along west and northwest-facing beaches.
* TIMING...WAVES AND SURF: Energetic waves will peak overnight
tonight and into Saturday. Swell heights and periods will
gradually diminish into Saturday night. COASTAL FLOOD: High
tide will occur on Saturday morning, generally between 6 AM
and 10 AM PST. The exact height and timing of these tides will
vary by location. Please visit
https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports for location specific
tidal predictions.
* IMPACTS...Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to
increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and
washing over large rocks and jetties. They can easily move
large logs and other beach debris and cause localized beach
erosion. Use extreme caution near the surf zone as these large
waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and
turbulent ocean water. Cold water shock may cause cardiac
arrest, and it also can cause an involuntary gasp reflex
causing drowning, even for a good swimmer. The surf zone will
be very dangerous due to strong currents and powerful breaking
waves.

Information:
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area, producing rip currents, localized beach
erosion and sneaker waves.
A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides
will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

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: Sat, 2/16 5:50am Updated: Sat, 2/16 9:44am Urgency: Expected
Expires: Sat, 2/16 9:00pm Severity: Minor Certainty: Likely

 
Details:
...High surf will combine with high tides on Saturday morning to
result in localized coastal flooding...
.A large and long period west to northwest swell will continue to
impact the region on Saturday. Tidal gauges this evening show
water levels as much as half a foot above the predicted tides.
High tides Saturday morning in combination with continued large
west to northwest swell will result in localized coastal
flooding.
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PST THIS
EVENING...
...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING...
* COASTAL FLOODING...Low-lying areas along the immediate coast,
bay front, marshes and sloughs can experience minor flooding.
These locations may also include parking lots, coastal trails,
sidewalks and even roadways that are not ordinarily impacted
by the water.
* WAVES AND SURF...A large and long period west to northwest
swell of 14 to 17 feet will produce breaking waves of 18 to 25
feet along west and northwest-facing beaches.
* TIMING...WAVES AND SURF: Energetic waves will peak overnight
tonight and into Saturday. Swell heights and periods will
gradually diminish into Saturday night. COASTAL FLOOD: High
tide will occur on Saturday morning, generally between 6 AM
and 10 AM PST. The exact height and timing of these tides will
vary by location. Please visit
https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports for location specific
tidal predictions.
* IMPACTS...Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to
increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and
washing over large rocks and jetties. They can easily move
large logs and other beach debris and cause localized beach
erosion. Use extreme caution near the surf zone as these large
waves will be capable of sweeping people into the frigid and
turbulent ocean water. Cold water shock may cause cardiac
arrest, and it also can cause an involuntary gasp reflex
causing drowning, even for a good swimmer. The surf zone will
be very dangerous due to strong currents and powerful breaking
waves.

Information:
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area, producing rip currents, localized beach
erosion and sneaker waves.
A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides
will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.