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Storms Build Up Sand Bar At Santa Cruz Surf Spot

Published Saturday January 14

SANTA CRUZ — The recent storms caused dramatic changes to one Santa Cruz beach, with many years worth of sand dropped in just one week.

Surfers in the area couldn’t be more thrilled.

The USGS is still gathering and crunching their data, but says it’s plausable that the recent atmospheric river dumped five to ten years’ worth of sand near the mouth of the San Lorenzo River.

As Santa Cruz dries out from a week of intense storms, scientists say the waves seen in the area are further evidence of the awesome power of Mother Nature.

Every winter, storm runoff creates a sandbar at the mouth of the river, causing waves to break where there are none at other times of the year.

Article length: About 330 words.
Tags: Surfing Surfers Santa Cruz


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