Rare event sends S. Pacific waves crashing into California coasts

September 4, 2011LOS ANGELES – Massive waves slamming into California’s coast – killing at least one person and causing millions of dollars in damage – are being labelled the “New Zealand surf” because of where they are coming from. In a rare event, a big weather system between New Zealand and Antarctica has generated a heavy Pacific wide swell, bringing the waves to California. Sean Collins, chief forecaster and president of Surfline, told news website Patch.com he warned Californian authorities over the swell. “Extra caution is urged to keep the public aware and safe from these large waves and associated rip currents.” He said it was one of the biggest swells to hit with some waves coming ashore at six to seven meters. Collins said southern hemisphere storms routinely produced waves in California, but this latest one was in the top 10 percent of known waves. The US National Weather Service has warned beachgoers were urged to swim only near lifeguard towers – or to stay on the sand. “Have a good time watching the waves but stay out of the water if you’re not experienced,” National Weather Service forecaster Eric Boldt said. The rough surf was caused by the swell from a powerful storm in New Zealand, where it is winter. “It had 50-foot waves down there when it was going at its peak. The energy came up here,” Boldt told the Associated Press. The heavy surf chewed up the sandy bottom, creating potholes that can dunk unwary swimmers and contributing to dangerous rip currents. “That probably kills more people in Southern California than any other phenomenon.” said Boldt. –Stuff.NZ
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4 Responses to Rare event sends S. Pacific waves crashing into California coasts

  1. Warren says:

    High surf pound Calif. beaches into holiday

    LOS ANGELES — Powerful surf pounded California beaches as the Labor Day weekend got under way on Saturday, creating dangerous swimming conditions for the crowds flocking to the ocean for the holiday
    The National Weather Service extended high surf advisories through Sunday night, warning that 6- to 8-foot waves, with occasional 10-foot sets, would hit the coast from San Francisco to San Diego.
    Beachgoers were urged to swim only near lifeguard towers — or to stay on the sand.
    “Have a good time watching the waves, but stay out of the water if you’re not experienced,” National Weather Service forecaster Eric Boldt said.

    On Thursday, the powerful surf probably forced a smuggling boat to crash on a Southern California beach where more than 500 pounds of marijuana washed ashore, authorities said

    Read More at: http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/high-surf-pound-calif-1156345.html

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    • Dakota says:

      Warren thanks for posting.

      This make me think of all the super expensive Malibu beach front properties I’ve seen for sale lately.

      I did a google map aerial view and it’s just a matter of time before quite a number of them slide off into the pacific………….high tide has already taken away most of the sand in front of the homes.

      Sigh………… regardless, stay well and again thanks for posting.

      Glory up………..

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  2. rogerthepoet says:

    That’s freaky, glad there has not been lots of casualties.

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