Tuesday 01/12/10. Waiting for Owners’ Decisions, Weather and Surf

Tuesday 01/12/10. Waiting for:

  • owners’ decisions on what they’ll do next for 330 Esplanade. According to Steve O’Connor of Engineered Soil Repairs (January 6th): “they can’t just leave it unrepaired because it’s going to threaten the neighbors and the road. They do have some responsibility to prevent this from impinging on others.” See my post, After the Initial Crisis, Questions about Direction and Cost.
  • weather. Various media reports but this was the best: KGO TV, ABC7. Storm prompts urgent repairs on Pacifica cliff. See the piece for current pictures and context. Most interesting to me were these quotes from Project superintendent Tony Fortunato of Engineered Soils Repair: “We’re going to tune up what we have down there, try to raise rock up and get it around 30 feet high, its about 22 to 25 feet,” said Forunato. “We’ve got the crane onsite. If we got any dire need like we did last time, we can always start throwing rock over the building again. If we can’t get on the beach, that’s another option, but hopefully we’ll be able to tune it up enough to weather this storm — that’s the hope,” said Forunato.
  • High Surf Warning, Coastal Flood Warning, Tuesday 10:00 PM to Thursday 4:00 AM (Link)
    COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
    305 PM PST TUE JAN 12 2010
    
    ...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 4
    AM PST THURSDAY... ...HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM
    THIS EVENING TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY... 
    
    A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING AND A HIGH SURF WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM
    10 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY. 
    
    LARGE AND LONG PERIOD SWELL WILL IMPACT THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL
    CALIFORNIA COAST TONIGHT. WAVES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SWELL ARE EXPECTED
    TO REACH AT LEAST 20 FEET WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 18 SECONDS. THESE
    LARGE POWERFUL WAVES WILL PRODUCE LARGE BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG RIP
    CURRENTS WITHIN THE SURF ZONE. PLEASE USE CAUTION AND KEEP AN EYE OUT
    FOR SNEAKER WAVES WHILE VISITING THE CALIFORNIA BEACHES DURING THIS TIME
    PERIOD. 
    
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
    
    A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.
    COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING
    WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. THIS
    MAY ALSO LEAD TO AREAS OF BEACH EROSION. 
    
    A HIGH SURF WARNING INDICATES THAT DANGEROUS...BATTERING WAVE WILL POUND
    THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS SWIMMING
    CONDITIONS...AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS. ADDITIONAL BEACH EROSION IS
    POSSIBLE.
    
    High tide data for the golden gate:
    11:21 PM TUESDAY  4.8 FEET
    9:40  AM WEDS     6.3 FEET
    11:57 PM WEDS     4.8 FEET
    10:19 AM THURS    6.2 FEET

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