Giant waves pummel Sonoma Coast

A large winter swell that brought giant waves to the Sonoma Coast tapered off Tuesday, but another sizable swell is expected to arrive by the end of the week, forecasters said.

The conditions prompted the National Weather Service to issue a high surf advisory Tuesday afternoon until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The northwest swell was as high as 14 feet Tuesday evening with breaking waves up to 16-22 feet. It was expected to drop to 8 to 10 feet after 6 a.m. Wednesday, said weather service meteorologist Rick Canepa.

Southwest winds between 6 and 12 mph were expected along the coast Wednesday, according to the weather service.

Coastal winds and waves are set to ratchet up again on Friday, forecasters said.

Another low-pressure system is expected to move into the Bay Area, bringing a chance of rain starting Thursday night, Canepa said.

You can reach Staff Writer Matt Pera at On Twitter @Matt__Pera. You can reach Staff Writer Kathleen Coates at or 707-521-5209.

Kathleen Coates

Windsor and Cloverdale, The Press Democrat 

As someone who grew up in a small town, I enjoy covering what's happening in Windsor and Cloverdale, which are growing in their own unique ways.  I delve into issues by getting to know people and finding out what’s going on in the community. I also pay attention to animal welfare and other issues that affect Sonoma County.

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