November 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

Big swell – be careful out there!

The T-S has a little story.

FRI…SW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 TO 11 FT AT 14 SECONDS…BUILDING TO NW 16 TO 18 FT AT 16 SECONDS

SAT…S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. NW SWELL 22 FT.

SUN…E WIND 5 KT…BECOMING SE. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. NW SWELL 19 FT SUBSIDING TO 16 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

Low tide Saturday is 8:12 a.m.

High tide Saturday is 2:08 p.m.

Remember that guy that thought he could surf big Harbor and ended up washed in at King Salmon? He had to hitchhike back around the bay to the parking lot? Meanwhile the Coast Guard helicopter and boats were searching for him? And remember those two guys who thought they’d surf whitewater at Power Poles, but ended up washed down the spit, unable to get to shore? The Coast Guard had to pluck them from the water. And that girl who thought she’d ride foam at the Jetty and got sucked into the rip? She screamed for help and was lucky a couple Coasties were nearby to rescue her. And all the people who’ve been too close when the big waves hit and ended up dead or close to it? Be smart out there, folks. The ocean puts on a good show. If you’re not an experienced big wave surfer, sit back and watch the show from a safe distance.

November 29, 2008

High surf to hit North Coast today

From the T-S:

A massive ocean swell with waves up to 20 feet is expected to crash into the North Coast today and grow in intensity until early Sunday, just as crab fishermen leave harbor for the first day of the Dungeness crab season.

As large storms build in the Gulf of Alaska, a large northwest swell — with waves between 18 and 20 feet — will make its way to the shores of Humboldt County by Saturday afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Burger.

Those waves are expected to build to their maximum height Sunday morning, before tapering off through the early part of the week, he said.

From NOAA:

TODAY...N WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 10 TO
 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 TO 14 FT AT 20 SECONDS.

TONIGHT...N WIND 10 KT...BECOMING NE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 12 TO 14 FT AT 18 SECONDS. 

SUN...E WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND
 WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 TO 13 FT AT 16 SECONDS. 

SUN NIGHT...S WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W
 SWELL 11 FT. PATCHY FOG.