Big surf at Little Corona del Mar Beach

By: Allan Heller ~ October 10, 2014

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Little Corona del Mar surf

This blog entry was supposed to be about exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach in Corona del Mar.

After reviewing tide prediction tables at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tides & Currents web site, it seemed that a low tide of 0 feet above MLLW ( Mean Lower Low Water. The average of the lower low water height of each tidal day observed over the National Tidal Datum Epoch) would occur at about 3:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014. It was felt that the low tide level would present a good opportunity to photograph tide pools left at Little Corona Beach in Corona del Mar.

Beach attire adorned and photographic equipment in hand, I arrived on the beach at about 3:00 pm of the specified day. Much to my dismay there was a big surf running and all the tide pools were stirred up and murky. Only one group of people were poking around the beach exploring the tide pools. Disappointing!

It seems that over the weekend a tropical storm named “Simon” had developed just off the Baja California coast. At its peak on Saturday October 4, 2014 the hurricane had sustained wind speeds of about 130 mph spreading over a diameter of approximately 50 miles and tropical storm force winds spreading over a diameter of approximately 180 miles. These high force winds caused large ocean swells that propagated North along the California coast over the weekend and into the early part of the week.

So, instead of presenting the planned discussion and photography of the tide pools at Little Corona beach, we are left with just the above photograph of a few people peeking at murky tide pools and a nice view of the hurricane Simon resultant big surf in the background.

What are your thoughts?

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