Watch Storms from a Safe Distance

Watching the full fury of a west coast storm is a memorable experience. Waves can be big any time of year, but are usually most dramatic from November to April.

Charles McDiarmid is #CoastSmart:

“During storm season there is a lot of wave action. A bare rock that you might see as a perfect viewing spot could soon be buried under six feet of fast-moving ocean water.”

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Storm Watching Tips

  • Dress in layers with a warm layer and a wind/rain shell.
  • Wear sturdy shoes that can get wet.
  • Check the local weather forecast and surf conditions before you go.
  • Observe the conditions closely before you step out onto the beach.
  • If you are on a coastline trail, stick to the trail and stay off the rocks.
  • Be prepared – high tides, and strong surges can make beach access unpredictable and treacherous.
  • Stay off the drift logs if the tide or swell is high.