Typical Carmel Bay beach day (March 2009). The El Nino storms during the week January 17-20 were not typical beach days in Carmel or anywhere along the entire California Coast.
South end of Carmel Beach on a regular tide and wave day(March 2009). The high waves climbed up the stone wall in the El Nino storm photos on Jan 19, 2010.
Typical beach day (March 2009) looking south along Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach is land from the left to right end at the top of photo. Pebble Beach Lodge is at top center.
Typical beach day at south end stairway of Carmel Beach (Sep 2009). This typically sandy area is underwater in photos of Jan 19, 2010.
Carmel Beach south end stairway. Jan 19, 2010
Carmel Beach, California south end stairway looking north Jan 19.
Carmel Beach looking south from center of beach stretch. Entire south end of Carmel Beach underwater.
Notice the sand is mostly gone out to sea. There is about an 8 feet steep drop from sand cliff to beach level. The gap between the rocks and the rocks themselves were buried under sand the week before.
This is above a stone stairway access to the beach. The beach is typically a couple hundred feet to the water at high tide.
Tide coming up stairway at Carmel Beach
Sets of waves in Carmel Bay 1-19-10
Carmel Bay white water 1-19-10.
Carmel Beach waves hitting iceplant below Scenic Drive
Carmel beach erosion 1-19-10
Carmel beach crashing waves 1-19-10
Carmel beach wave crashing up walls 1-19-10
Carmel Bay waves 1-19-10
Waves dead ahead captain #1
Waves dead ahead captain #2
Waves dead ahead captain #3
Waves dead ahead captain #4
Wave is here captain #5
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
And the waves just keep coming
There is a reason they had the yellow police tape up blocking stairway access.
Carmel Beach had been closed for several days with large signs screwed in place blocking access to many stairways.
Monterey Cypress over Carmel beach 1-19-10. The torrential 8-hours of thunderstorms turned to clear skies for a few hours between storm sets Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010. Thunder is a rare occurrence for this area.
Large masses of bull kelp seaweed are up against the wall and being swirled by the wave current. 1-19-10.
Wave approaching south end Carmel beach wall 1-19-10
Good thing the south end stairway of Carmel Beach was closed and a large sign mounted in place blocked access to the stairs.
Carmel Bay 1-19-10
Carmel Bay 1-19-10.
Large breakers at south end of Carmel beach. These waves are 20 to 25 feet high and the back wave is about 300 yards away. 1-19-10.
Carmel home with stone sculpture and seagull taking a storm break on the patio at south beach point.
Carmel high tide
Carmel, Scenic Drive view of monster waves
The waves had periodic sets where each successive wave was bigger. I watched these waves for an hour. The thought that the next wave could truly be a monster gave tsunami dread. This is street level on Scenic Drive, Carmel.
Carmel bay 1-19-10.
All is not quiet on the western front. Carmel 1-19-10
Wave #1. That wave looks huge.
Carmel wave #2,
Carmel wave #3.
Carmel wave #4
Carmel wave #1 reaches shore. And that wave #5 seems even bigger than wave #1.
20 to 25 feet wave curl. Carmel 1-19-10.
Carmel house and waves looking south to Point Lobos. 1-19-10.
Looking to Point Lobos from Scenic Drive Carmel
Carmel house on the rocks.
same house from other side.
20+ feet breakers in Carmel Bay 1-19-10
Pebble Beach Lodge on right edge of photo
Pelicans hanging out at quiet lagoon on Monastery beach between Carmel and Point Lobos. Highway 1 is seen on left. The surf had crossed over the beach to deposit seaweed on the highway during the night high tide. 1-19-10
Monastery beach looking north to Carmel
Point Lobos seen from Monastery beach 1-19-10. The waves crashing at the point could be seen from Carmel
Monastery Beach, Carmel. This location was not safe with the potential for a high wave to wash over the beach. Most of the beach was wet.
Point Lobos surf seen from Monastery beach 1-19-10.
Monastery Beach, Carmel 1-19-10
Carmel Highlands Inn (Hyatt Hotels) view of surf 1-19-10.
Carmel Highlands Inn view
Carmel Highlands Inn (Hyatt) wedding deck view of surf breaking at Point Lobos.
Carmel Highlands Inn view of surf a couple hundred feet below. 1-19-10
Carmel Highlands Inn (Hyatt Hotels) view of wild surf 1-19-10
Carmel Highlands Inn waves crashing 1-19-10
View to the south point from Carmel Highlands Inn 1-19-10