High Surf Advisory issued January 17 at 12:04PM PST until January 20 at 8:00PM PST by NWS Oxnard
Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands; Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles; Ventura County Coast
...AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT WEST AND NORTHWEST
FACING BEACHES THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING...
...DAMAGING WARNING LEVEL SURF LIKELY FOR THE CENTRAL COAST
BEGINNING THURSDAY AFTERNOON...
.Strong storms in the Gulf of Alaska have created a series of
long period west-northwest swells that will move through the
Southwestern California Coastal Waters this week. The large
swells will bring an extended period of high surf to area beaches
through Saturday evening. The largest and most energetic swell is
expected to arrive to the Central Coast by Thursday afternoon,
likely bringing damaging warning level surf of 20 feet or
...HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PST SATURDAY...
* SURF AND TIMING...High surf of 7 to 10 feet will affect west
facing beaches through tonight, with sets up to 12 feet at
times at exposed locations such as Ventura Pier. Even larger
surf is expected Thursday night into Friday when breakers of 8
to 12 feet are expected, with sets up to 15 feet possible near
* IMPACTS...Large, powerful, and dangerous waves with strong
currents will create an increased risk in drownings. Sneaker
waves can suddenly wash over previously dry beaches and
jetties. There will be also a high risk of life-threatening
rip currents. Damaging breaking waves are possible near the
entrance of the Ventura Harbor. Local flooding of low lying
beach parking lots will be possible with the high surf.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area...producing localized beach erosion and
dangerous swimming conditions. Swim near a lifeguard. If caught
in a rip current, relax and float. Don`t swim against the
current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If
unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.