Waves breaking over the South Jetty
Today the national weather service’s forecast included the following warning:
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT PST
TONIGHT FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COAST...
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT PST
TONIGHT FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COAST.
* WAVES: WEST TO NORTHWEST SWELL OF AROUND 20 TO 21 FEET WITH
PERIODS AROUND 17 TO 18 SECONDS WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE
WATERS THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING.
* TIMING: WAVE HEIGHTS PEAKING LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS: AVOID WALKING ON JETTIES...ROCKS...COASTAL CLIFFS AND
ALONG THE WATERS EDGE AS WAVES MAY RISE UNEXPECTEDLY AND SWEEP
YOU INTO TURBULENT AND FRIGID WATERS.
I am always looking for an opportunity to experience a good storm at the beach and this afternoon’s show didn’t fail to impress. When I arrived, the rain was driven by a thirty MPH wind. It was difficult to hold the camera steady while attempting to brace myself from the buffeting of the wind. Fortunately, it was a pretty mild afternoon temperature wise so I was able to capture over fifty images before becoming soaked to the bone.
A wave just before they crashed into the South Jetty
The beauty and power of the ocean is best experienced during a storm!