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S. Oregon Coast Hazards Statement for Tues; King Tides This Weekend

Published 02/03/2020 at 6:50 PM PDT
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S. Oregon Coast Hazards Statement for Tues; King Tides This Weekend

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(Gold Beach, Oregon) – More eventful surf conditions are coming up, with the southern Oregon coast under threat of sneaker waves on Tuesday and the entire coastline and the Washington coast are getting more king tides over the weekend. (Photo above from 2018 courtesy Seaside Aquarium: flooding is not in the forecast for this series of king tides, but it has happened fairly often when these events come around.)

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Medford issued a special hazards statement, in effect from Tuesday morning through the evening for essentially the entire southern half of the coastline, including Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.

Offshore combined seas of 15 feet with long period swells are likely to create hazards on the beaches of places like Bandon, Gold Beach and Port Orford. Meanwhile, the northern half of the Oregon coast (from Yachats to Warrenton) will not be seeing such wave action.

“Sneaker waves with high run-ups can knock unsuspecting people over and drag them out to sea. Shock and hypothermia can occur quickly in the cold Pacific waters,” the NWS said. “Logs and other debris can be lifted and floated by these waves, crushing or entrapping unsuspecting victims underneath. Never turn your back to the ocean.”

Conditions turn more normalized by Wednesday’s early hours.

However, the next and final wave of king tides are coming this weekend, spurred on by the moon being closest to the Earth. They happen Saturday through Sunday along the entire coastline. Currently, NWS predictions are not showing extremely large swells offshore, so there are not extraordinary aggravating conditions like those in January that created 35-foot waves sweeping onshore at times. Still, NWS prediction show combined seas offshore at around 18 feet for most areas, which is considerable.

Along the Washington coast, offshore combined seas could be as high as 20 feet, but so far there are no warnings from the NWS office in Seattle.

High tide conditions will vary quite a bit from area to area. You can see more at One example: according to NOAA, high tides will be around 8 feet for the Netarts Bay area from February 8 through 10, with high tides happening about noon. Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - Where to eat - Map - Virtual Tour

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Photo above courtesy Seaside Aquarium: a storm surge hits the beach and goes beyond the Turnaround

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