Breaking Wave Heights Forecasted Up To 16 Feet

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD ADVISES TO USE EXTRA CAUTION ALONG THE COAST THROUGH THURSDAY AND POSSIBLY AGAIN ON SATURDAY.

A VERY LONG SWELL THAT ORIGINATED FROM A STRONG STORM SYSTEM
IN THE NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN IS EXPECTED TO BUILD ALONG THE
SOUTHERN OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTS INTO THIS EVENING
AND REMAIN STEEP INTO THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

TODAY INTO THURSDAY, WAVES WILL INCREASE IN FREQUENCY AND WILL
RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT BUT ALSO VARIABLE WAVE RUN-UP ALONG
BEACHES, JETTIES, AND OTHER LOWER PORTIONS OF THE COAST LINE.
AVERAGE BREAKING WAVES HEIGHTS WILL BE 13 TO 16 FEET IN THE SURF
ZONE INTO THURSDAY AFTERNOON. HIGHER WAVE HEIGHTS IN THE 15 TO 25 FOOT RANGE ARE LIKELY AT TIMES AT WEST TO NORTHWEST FACING BEACHES.

PEOPLE SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION IN AND NEAR THE SURF
ZONE INCLUDING ON AREA BEACHES THROUGH THURSDAY. WAVES OF THIS
TYPE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE SNEAKER WAVES WHICH RESULT IN
INFREQUENT BUT SIGNIFICANT RUN-UP ALONG THE COASTLINE. SNEAKER
WAVES CAN PULL PEOPLE INTO THE SURF WHERE CURRENTS WILL ALSO BE
STRONGER THAN NORMAL. NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE SURF.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 and is filed under Local News, Weather Warnings.