Some of the bigger waves of the year were expected to hit Seal Beach today thanks to a storm in the central Pacific Ocean.
While the high surf brings a chance of flooding to beachfront property in Seal Beach, it’s also expected to bring 12-foot waves. Surfers, who usually cluster west of the pier, are crowding the waves at 13th Street to take advantage of the swell from the winter storm.
And the weather is cooperating with highs in the 80s this week. It’s impossible to determine if Seal Beach and Los Alamitos have reached record highs this week because the National Weather Service does not have long-term data for the cities. However, Los Alamitos’ Wednesday high of 84 was similar to temperatures in Long Beach, where the high of 88 blasted the record high of 65 set in 1969.
The Seal Beach Lifeguard Department brought in extra lifeguards this week to help protect the crowds drawn to the beach by the combination of hot weather and high surf during the school district’s winter break.