Coastal Flooding and Special Weather Statement for the Beaches along Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area for November 24 through November 26, 2015

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Date: November 23, 2015
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Contact: Adrienne Freeman, 415-561-4732

The earth, the moon, and the sun are currently in alignment for extreme tides over the next few days. These are known as King Tides and may result in coastal flooding along the coastline and bay fronts during high tides. This is in effect from Tuesday morning through Thursday afternoon. High tides over this period will occur in the mid to late morning hours, but please refer to a local tide chart for the areas where you live or may be visiting.

This coupled with a very cold, cold front coming from the Gulf of Alaska will produce varying amounts of precipitation. Rainfall amounts are not expected to be greater than one-half inch in most areas, but snow levels may be as low as 3,000 feet. Northwest winds will increase behind the cold front on Tuesday afternoon and continue through Tuesday evening. Winds near the coast and beaches will be the strongest with gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

Some roads, parking lots, trails, and sidewalks may have sea water on them. Do not leave your vehicle in low lying parking lots near the coast of bay front. Do not travel through flooded roadways. If you are visiting the coast be careful and avoid narrow beaches and coves. Potentially dangerous conditions may exist on specific beaches. These hazards could include strong rip currents and sneaker waves. Strong rip currents can quickly pull swimmers into deep water.

Be sure to always have your eyes on the ocean.


Last updated: November 26, 2015

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
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