High Surf Closes Ocean Beach Pier

by on January 16, 2018 · 1 comment

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Photo by Joe Ewing

Lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier on Tuesday morning due to high surf.

As a major winter swell pounded the San Diego County coastline, the National Weather Service reported waves could reach 15’ at select west-facing beaches, with the largest in South County, where forecasters say the surf is in the 5’ to 8’ range, with sets to 10’ to 12’.

The swell will reach its peak today, then start to fade on Wednesday. However, ways will still be large, and the rip currents will last into Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory that will be in effect for San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18th. San Diego Union-Tribune

“A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents, beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions,” weather officials said. According to San Diego Patch:

Several strong storm systems in the Gulf of Alaska have caused a large northwest long period swell to start moving down the seas off California, leading to an extended period of high surf beginning Monday and persisting through at least Wednesday night.

Peak surf conditions are expected through Tuesday night. Although conditions are expected to diminish Wednesday into Thursday, additional high surf is predicted Friday and Saturday from new swell generated by a Pacific storm.

Waves as high as 15 feet are predicted Tuesday, and conditions are expected to cause water to overtop jetties and create strong rip currents. Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion during are expected during high tides.

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bodysurferbob January 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

cowabunga! i see the surf is up.

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