Category Archives: Venice Beach Weather

Venice Braces for Big Waves

Photo courtesy: Steve Christensen


The first of four days of above-average tide levels
began hitting the Southern California coast yesterday, raising the possibility of coastal flooding.

The National Weather Service forecast that the so-called King Tides, the highest astronomical tides of the year, will be seen in the hours just after dawn until at least Friday.

The highest level of the week will be Wednesday, the NWS said, with a level of 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m., followed by 7.5 feet on Thursday at 8:31 a.m., and 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m. Friday.

An advisory is in effect in Los Angeles County, with forecasters saying minor flooding is possible during the morning high tide in areas such as Long Beach, Playa del Rey, Venice, and Malibu.

The NWS warned that beach parking lots and nearby streets and structures could be left briefly under water, while stronger rip currents would be present off-shore.

Affected areas were likely to face more severe issues today, with on-shore winds and three- to four-foot surf compounding the impact of the higher tide, according to the NWS.

Orange County’s Seal and Sunset beaches were considered the most
susceptible to localized flooding, the NWS said, while La Jolla, Cardiff, Oceanside, South Mission and Imperial beaches were likely to experience some inundation in San Diego County. A coastal flooding advisory will be in effect in those areas until
Friday morning.

– from CNS

Gusty Winds and High Surf Expected Until 2pm Tuesday


A cold front today will bring the Southland strong
winds, and a high surf advisory. While inland there could be snow as low a 3,000 feet, and an elevated danger of fire, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Palm Fronds are a Hazard in Gusty Winds

The winds will blow in a northwest-to-north direction before shifting to the northeast tonight into Tuesday, an NWS statement said, adding the strongest winds would sweep the mountains, the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, and parts of Ventura County, generating damaging gusts of 70 miles per hour, and even 80 mph in some mountain areas.

Also expected to experience damaging gusts of between 45 and 60 mph are the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the L.A. coastal zone, which includes beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, the downtown area and the Hollywood Hills; “This wind event has
the potential to bring numerous downed trees and power lines, especially considering the widespread weakened and diseased trees
due to the drought,” the statement said. Another potential impact includes strong northerly cross winds at LAX.

Wind Windy Venice Beach
Strong winds whip up sand on Venice Beach

A gale warning will be on effect in Southern California’s coastal
waters until 2pm Tuesday. Off the coast, northwest winds of 25 to 35 knots per hour are expected, gusting to 45 or 50 knots per hour.

“Combined seas of 18 to 21 feet…are expected when waves are
largest,” a statement said, urging inexperienced sailors to seek safe harbor before the onset of gale conditions.

The worst seas will be along the Central Coast, but surf of five to
eight feet is expected along west-facing beaches in L.A. and Ventura counties.

“Surf this large will result in dangerous rip currents,” a statement
said. “Inexperienced swimmers and surfers should stay out of the water. Also avoid jetties, rock walls, and cliffs, as large crashing waves can overtop these areas.

Temperatures will be generally higher Tuesday, up to 8 degrees higher, and will climb several degrees more, up to 10, on Wednesday and a few more on Thursday before they start to retreat on Saturday, though they will still be more than 10 degrees higher than today in some communities.

So what does Venice local Venny-Beachy think of the wind?

Tips for a Windy Day in Venice


A red flag warning is in effect across Los Angeles, gusty winds and low humidity resulting in critical fire weather conditions that will continue through Friday afternoon.

Strong winds rip palm fronts from trees along Venice Beach

The warning includes the Santa Monica mountains recreational area, Ventura County Mountains and Los Angeles County Mountains.

Danger as blustery winds blow palm fronds from trees in Venice

Palm trees along Venice Beach have been battered throughout the week by strong winds and sand has been blasted from the beach onto Ocean Front Walk, into beach parking lots, and dumped in the paddle tennis courts.

Venice local Filmington aka Venny-Beach shared his tips on coping with the wind, “Just don’t have no stinking breath. Make sure you brush your teeth, because when the wind blows they’re going to smell your breath.”

Other than people with bad breath, Venny-Beachy has no complaints about the weeks blustery conditions, “Other than that, it’s a beautiful day,” he says.

Watch Venny-Beachy’s tips for a windy day in Venice here…

Rain on the Way?


A chance of light rain teases this morning as forecasters predict a 20% chance of rainfall. This is the result of a cold front that brought rain to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties overnight, although it weakened as it headed south,  “bringing only a chance of light rain showers to Ventura and Los Angeles counties,” said a statement on the National Weather website.

The same is expected beginning later today, with a second cold front forecast to bring rain to San Luis and Santa Barbara counties this afternoon and tonight, then later tonight to Ventura and Los Angeles counties, it said.

An expected mass of cold and unstable air will create a slight chance of thunderstorms north of Point Conception, said the statement, adding that any thunderstorm will have the potential to generate heavy downpours and small hail.

The two-day event is expected to produce between a third and two thirds of an inch of rain in San Luis Obispo County, between a tenth and a third of an inch in Santa Barbara County, but less than a tenth of an inch in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the NWS statement.

Rain Could be on the Way


A cold storm system out of the Pacific Northwest will bring Southern California rain, lower temperatures, high winds and perilously rough seas today, National Weather Service forecasters said.

“Cooler unsettled weather will affect southwest California Monday
through Wednesday of this week,” said an NWS statement, adding that temperatures would be between 12 and 20 degrees lower than they have been, about 10 degrees below normal,” said NWS meteorologist Rich Thompson.

Those conditions are the result of “the first relatively cold storm
system of the season,” the statement said. The weather system nay generate thunderstorms over San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties this afternoon and evening.

The most rain will fall over the Central Coast and adjoining foothills,
with between a quarter and three quarters of an inch expected, while Ventura and Los Angeles counties are likely to see less than a quarter-inch, with the highest volumes expected in the mountains and foothills, the NWS said.

Forecasters said they expect patchy drizzle in the Southland this
morning, followed by a 50 percent chance of rain this afternoon beginning around 2 or 3 p.m., according to Thompson.

In the San Gabriel Mountains, the snow level will drop to around 5,500 feet by Monday night, and between one and two inches could accumulate above 6,000 feet by early Tuesday morning. Also expected in the mountains, as well as in the Antelope Valley, are gusty southwest winds tonight, forecasters said.

They forecast gusty southwest-to-west winds by this afternoon blowing at between 20 and 35 miles per hour, gusting to up to 50 mph, which could topple trees and power lines, damage property and make driving difficult, especially in high-profile vehicles.

A wind advisory will be in effect in the San Gabriels, the Antelope
Valley and Santa Catalina Island from 10 this morning until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Additionally, there could be gale-force winds along the coast, gusts of up to 35 knots per hour, and a high risk of rip currents near all area beaches through Tuesday, forecasters said, though as of this morning no high surf advisory was in effect south of Santa Barbara County.

– from CNS