HIGH WIND WATCH, HIGH SURF ADVISORY, COASTAL FLOOD WATCH & FLOOD WATCH ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
CLAM DIGGERS REMAIN ALERT FOR VOLATILE AND UNPREDICTABLE SURF CONDITIONS THIS WEEKEND
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Surf Advisory from 10am Friday to 6am Saturday for seas 23 - 25 feet Friday Afternoon and 20-22 feet Saturday.
They have also issued a Coastal Flood Watch for Saturday Morning through Saturday afternoon.
They have issued a High Wind Watch for tonight into Saturday evening with sustained winds at 20-40 mph gusting to 45-55mph.
A Flood Watch has been issued for Saturday afternoon into Sunday night.
High Surf will make it extremely dangerous to fish or observe waves from rocks Friday afternoon through Saturday.
Significant wave run up on beaches is likely. Potential significant beach erosion is possible. Low lying coastal communities such as Westport, Ocean Shores, Taholah and possibly Aberdeen may see minor flooding around the Saturday morning high tide at 11am.
Heavy rain and gusty winds to 45-55 mph at the coast will accompany this event.
There is a Flood Watch in effect however, NO RIVERS in Grays Harbor County are forecast to flood.
THE HIGH SURF CONDITIONS
A strong storm system will produce energetic 23 to 25 foot swells on Friday, decreasing to 20-22 feet on Saturday. This wave action will likely produce beach erosion along the coast on Friday and Saturday. An astronomical high tide is expected to occur 11 am Saturday morning at 11.4’ in Aberdeen. The combination of the high tide and the swell may produce some minor coastal flooding in areas such as Westport, Ocean Shores and possible low lying areas of Aberdeen.
THE CLAM DIG PRECAUTIONS
The Clam Digs are all night digs. The Moon will be in the Waning Crescent, New Moon and Waxing Crescent phases making the beaches very dark with little to no moonlight, however, the surf will remain volatile and unpredictable for those along the beaches and jetties.
Friday, Dec. 19 -4:41pm
Saturday, Dec. 20 – 5:23pm
Sunday, Dec 21 – 6:06pm
Monday, Dec. 22 - 6:48pm
Tuesday, Dec 23 – 7:31pm
DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA. Remain aware of children, pets and vehicles which could be caught in a far reaching wave. Waves will be strong enough to pull a person, pet or vehicle out to sea.
THE KING TIDES
In addition to the high swell, a high astronomical tide, (King Tide), is predicted Saturday morning along the Washington coast, and tides are running around a foot above predicted values. The King Tides are naturally occurring and are the highest tides of the year. King Tides will occur the entire weekend through Tuesday along the entire Washington Coast.