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S. Oregon Coast Surf Advisory Shortened; Sneaker Waves Possible Through Washington Coast

Published 11/06/20 at 5:45 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

S. Oregon Coast Surf Advisory Shortened; Sneaker Waves Possible Through Washington Coast

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(Rockaway Beach, Oregon) – Seas along the Oregon and Washington coasts have picked up considerably today and will remain so through Saturday, causing a high surf advisory for today on the southern Oregon coast and a special statement from the National Weather Service (NWS) that sneaker waves are possible from the central Oregon coast up into the southern Washington coast today and Saturday. (Photo above: Friday afternoon at Rockaway Beach, courtesy Jon Anderson)

The high surf advisory on the south Oregon coast has been shortened, now expiring at 1 a.m. Saturday morning. Large waves up to 24 feet are possible in the areas of Winchester Bay, Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford and Gold Beach.

For the northern half of the Oregon coast and southern third of Washington’s coastline, the NWS said sneaker waves may be a problem. It is a time to be careful on the beaches from about Florence up through Westport.

The NWS in Portland told Oregon Coast Beach Connection this is more of a “heads up” rather than an official warning. Elevated seas farther offshore at around 17 feet will remain through Saturday night, along with a period swell of 12 seconds. Then, the NWS said, seas will subside from Washington down through southern Oregon’s beaches.

Indeed, Portland resident Jon Anderson told Oregon Coast Beach Connection he’d seen one sneaker wave in Rockaway Beach on Friday afternoon. Video that he took of the area showed a still-wide beach with no major safety issues.

Wave height closer to shore will be more like 12 feet tonight, and with the considerable period swell of 12 seconds there will be decent storm wave watching through Saturday at rocky areas like Shore Acres State Park, Bandon, Yachats, Depoe Bay, Oceanside and up into Cape Disappointment in Washington.

With Sunday and Monday being rather clear, sunny and calm weather, beachcombing will be prime. Hit the sandy beaches for discoveries. North winds are playing a major part in these systems, which could result in some large upwellings – which always result in interesting beach finds.

“Seas likely to fall back under 10 ft later Sun into early Mon,” the NWS said of the offshore seas forecasts. “Active weather pattern continues next week, with more winds and higher seas expected, especially for later next week.”

While this is regarding offshore areas, winds and high seas could mean more action and beach discoveries from Brookings all the way through the Olympic Peninsula. More storm photos below:

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