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High Surf Along All of Oregon Coast / Washington Coast, Waves 23 Feet

Published 02/12/23 at 7:09 PM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

High Surf Along All of Oregon Coast / Washington Coast, Waves 23 Feet

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(Portland, Oregon) – The entire length of the Oregon coast and Washington coast are under a high surf advisory, from Brookings up through the Olympic Peninsula. Across all beaches of the Pacific Northwest, the National Weather Service (NWS) said to expect large breaking waves of 18 feet up to 25 feet – depending on the area. Photo courtesy Manuela Durson - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more

The advisory is for midday on Monday through Tuesday morning, differing slightly between sections of the Oregon coast and Washington coast.

This all comes as there is also a winter weather advisory for the entire coastline of the Pacific Northwest as well as the inland areas, where as much as two inches of snow to maybe just a dusting are possible.

High Surf Along All of Oregon Coast / Washington Coast, Waves 23 Feet
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Monday will not be a time to be hanging out on the majority of beaches, especially smaller ones such as at Bandon, Port Orford, Gleneden Beach, parts of Lincoln City, Oceanside or at Rialto Beach. These and other areas are short in width and have cliff walls or other barriers you can get trapped against.

“The largest waves are expected Monday evening,” the NWS said.

Most of these regions will be looking at long periods between the swells, such as around 13 seconds to 15, which is what causes sneaker waves. On top of much bigger waves, you'll have to contend with those that appear out of nowhere.

There is a good possibility of coastal erosion with waves of these size.

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The NWS said you should stay back from all beaches with this one, even larger ones.

“Destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties, and other structures unexpectedly,” the NWS said. “People can be swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Higher than normal water run-up is expected on beaches and low-lying shoreline.”

All beach areas are in the range of the advisories: meaning Raymond, Westport, Long Beach Peninsula, Seaside, Manzanita, Pacific City, Newport, Florence, Coos Bay, etc.

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You'll find good stormwatch conditions along higher cliffs and rocky shelves, such as at Shore Acres or Cape Disappointment.

Seas will begin subsiding Tuesday morning, the NWS said.

Meanwhile, you may be seeing snowflakes along the Oregon coast and Washington coast from Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Areas above 500 feet will see accumulations.

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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