180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Safety Tips: Spotting Dangerous
(Seaside, Oregon) - They kill, injure or maim
indiscriminately. They come without warning, and surprise most everyone
caught in their deadly path.
They are sneaker waves of the Oregon coast
- the biggest possible curse to tourism officials in the state, and the
scourge of those too young to be aware of their surroundings or those
simply not paying attention on Oregon's beaches.
But here's the weird hidden secret about sneaker
waves: you may have a way to watch out for them.
Tom Horning, a geologist living in Seaside, said these surges will threaten
anyone who strays too close to the ocean under the wrong circumstances.
Horning pointed to a rather significant event in 1999 that created massive
|Manzanita: this scene is more common in winter and spring, but sneaker
waves are a worry even during summer
"There were expected tides and historically
high waves from March 2 to 3, 1999, when historically unprecedented beach
erosion took place along the coasts of Oregon and Washington," Horning
said. "The peak of the waves coincided perfectly with the high tide
of that night, and this magnified the storm surge to near-catastrophic
Horning said sneaker waves are a likelihood
on low-lying beaches or rocky ledges during much of the winter. So it’s
best to stay clear of these kinds of beaches during these conditions -
But if you must dare to hit the sands in wild
states, there are ways to keep a look out.
|Near Depoe Bay
“Sneaker waves sneak up on you and can
carry away the unprepared,” Horning said. “Sneaker waves are
formed by at least two wave trains that are moving at slightly different
speeds and that are out of phase. As a result, they produce a complex
wave train that can double the heights of the waves every few minutes,
with smaller waves happening in between.”
What’s surprising is that there are
conditions to look out for when a sneaker wave may be coming, but you
have to be paying close attention to the tide.
"The clue that a sneaker wave is coming
is a large withdrawal of the ocean after a period of smaller waves,"
Horning said. "The withdrawal represents a magnified trough preceding
a magnified peak - a big wave - that is following. If the ocean pulls
out an abnormal distance, keep an eye on it and plan your escape route
- if you are in an area that can be flooded by the coming big surge."
|Foamy scene in Newport
Horning said it’s best to watch the
ocean for 10 to 20 minutes to get an idea of whether or not sneaker waves
are likely. But if in doubt, simply stay away from the beach – period.
If you see waves reaching up close to cliffs or foredunes, stay off it
and watch the beach from above.
"Another trick to estimating if a site
is safe is to stay on dry ground, as that site should not get swamped
by waves," Horning said. "But this only works if the weather
is dry. If it has been raining, you have to study the site to see if it
has foam or bits of debris from waves. You should also keep in mind when
the tide will peak. A site can be dry early in the tidal cycle, but can
be hit by waves as the tide rises. Caution and a close eye on the ocean
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Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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