It’s possibly the most exciting time of the year, if you’re a fan of weather and the power of Mother Nature (or Poseidon). There’s some serious energy getting stirred up out in the North East Pacific – and rolling into the Northwest coast. These systems send the biggest waves of the year, and pound the mountains as the storm systems roll inland.
Yesterday (12/17/12) a massive swell landed on the coast. At noon, 18-23 foot swell heights were recorded on the Washington and Oregon buoys. Winds were also relentless, the whole Northwest coastline had west winds sustained at 20-30 kts, with Destruction Island recording 38 kts and a gust of 42 kts at noon. The ocean was roaring and whipping it’s tail.
There’s a lot more on the way – check the surf report. Here’s some highlights from yesterdays buoys and webcams.