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Sneaker Waves: Sea Glass Hunting Risks and Dangers

March 30, 2017

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Sneaker Waves: Sea Glass Hunting Risks and Dangers

March 30, 2017

I am sitting on the Ava Serene In Half Moon Bay while we wait for a good weather window to get back to Sausalito.  It's just too nasty out there to chance it until the wind and ocean swells die down and this got me to thinking.  This is ideal weather for sea glass to be washing up on shores along the ocean.  It is also a risky time on some beaches for sneaker waves. Sneaker waves, if you don't know, come in suddenly like mini-tsunamis and grab unsuspecting people and/or dogs.  They are extremely dangerous and a number of people get caught on ocean beaches every year; some with tragic outcomes.

 

 

How do you take advantage of good sea glass hunting weather (stormy conditions and high surf) and stay safe from sneaker waves?  Pay attention to signage at the beach.  Some beaches are notoriously dangerous during high surf conditions.  These beaches will have signs alerting you to the danger.  Do not ignore them.  Also, check for local beach hazard warnings.  Conditions inland may be calm while at the same time a low pressure front is generating giant swells that come ashore as high surf, so you can't go by the weather in your back yard.  Today is a perfect example of that.  My daughter in Sausalito is out gardening in the sunshine.  Out on the ocean there are gale force winds and high swells pushing high surf ashore.

 

Here are a couple of helpful links for weather conditions

https://www.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=hnx&wwa=all

https://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/509.html

 

 

Good luck and happy, SAFE, sea glass hunting.

 

All the Best - 

 

Bonnie

 

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