Monthly wave energy resultants from Pauwela Buoy (CDIP). Arrows point in direction of wave travel. Longer arrows indicate higher wave energies. El Nino caused large NW swells in January and February 2016.
The large swells resulted in dune erosion, trees falling over, and sand washing over into the pavilion, parking area and vegetated areas as the beach tried to migrate landward.
However, the 3-8-2016 sand volumes relative to average along the beach are fairly consistent with the previous winter. While the north shore experienced strong on shore NW swells in January and February, there was also a significant component of along shore (east to west) wave energy during the previous spring, end of summer and through late fall