High surf advisory today
By Laura Hagar Rush, Townsy Media, January 8, 2021
The National Weather Service has declared a high surf advisory for the Sonoma Coast from 6 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday. A small craft advisory has also been declared for the coast.
Another large long period northwest swell will arrive at the coastal waters Friday morning. Swell heights will build Friday morning with breaking waves reaching 20 to 25 feet expected through Saturday morning. Therefore, a High Surf Advisory will be in effect Friday morning through Saturday morning for an increased risk of rip currents and large shore break.
Additionally, sea surface temperatures remain cold in the low to mid 50s. Cold water drownings occur each year with these events but are avoidable by remaining a safe distance from the coastline.
Another even larger long period swell will arrive Sunday, bringing additional hazards to the coast.
Beach visitors, surfers, fishermen and other visiting the beaches should be prepared for rapidly building seas with dangerous crashing waves in the surf zone and increased rip tide activity. Large waves can wash people off jetties and rocks into the frigid ocean waters.