Oregon Coast Storm Watching

Oregon Coast Storm Watching

Oregon Coast Storm Watching 

Oregon coast storm watching attracts locals and visitors alike with hopes of seeing a magnificent display of the ocean’s power!  Storm watchers look for crashing waves, huge tidal surges, and monsterous waves crashing into rocks and exploding white water into the sky often over Highway 101 and near by buildings. It’s an amazing sight!

With the recent huge waves hitting the Oregon coast this week, there are lots of storm watchers up and down the coast hoping to get a view of the action. Some of the locals are saying this is one of the biggest swells to hit the Oregon coast in over 30 years. We can’t confirm that, but did see there was one buoy reading of 62 feet. I do know one of the biggest swells I’ve seen in my 30 plus years of living on the Oregon coast, and I’ve never heard of a buoy reading that high.

Storm watching can be an amazing experience, but at the same time frightening and extremely dangerous. You can be walking on the beach and then a huge surge often called a (sneaker wave) floods in suddenly with no warning! These surges are unpredictable and can wash you off your feet and into cliffs, logs and sometimes out to sea. Never turn your back on the ocean! Get a tide book when storm watching so you know when the tide will be coming in and going out. We recommend staying off the beaches when there are advisories and watching from safe viewing locations. Also avoid jetties, exposed rocks, headlands, and steep unstable cliffs during storms with heavy surf advisories. Also never go beyond the sea walls, or restricted areas. The rocks can be very slippery and dangerous! Be safe and stay back!

Oregon Coast Storm Watching Tips:

  • Beware of sneaker waves.
  • Get a tide book and know the tides.
  • Avoid jetties, exposed rocks and headlands during storms. Waves can sweep you off and out to sea
  • Watch from a safe distance in a recommended area. Stay behind sea walls and barriers!
  • Watch for logs and debri in the surf. Don’t turn your back on the ocean!
  • Check with Oregon State Parks for closures and hazardous areas.
  • Learn about rip currents and what to do if you’re caught in one. Rip Current tips here :

Rip Current Tips

More tips on ocean safety here:




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