NWS issues warning about sneaker waves

Medford, Ore. – The U.S. National Weather Service’s Medford office said dangerous sneaker waves are a possibility on Oregon beaches this weekend.

On a Facebook post, the NWS wrote in part, “Beachgoers should take extra caution today and stay farther back from the surf and off of jetties or rocks. Sneaker waves are waves that run much farther up a beach than the average wave of the day. Sneaker waves can seem to come out of nowhere, catching beachgoers by surprise, often pulling them into the ocean. They may also move large objects such as logs up the beach. The video below shows a sneaker wave and its power.”

The NWS also shared a video that illustrates the swiftness and power of sneaker waves.

The time-lapse video shows a sneaker wave pushing a two-foot diameter log up the beach.

According to the NWS, with coastal water temperatures in the 50s, “survival can be difficult in the ocean.”

They add, “Remember, never turn you back on the ocean!”

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