We get it. There’s something magnetic about the churning ocean during a winter storm. Those big waves lure you ever closer, mesmerizing you with their absolute power. But that power is also sobering, and indiscriminate in its destruction.
Case in point: one cubic yard of salt water weighs nearly a ton, and waves travel 15, 20, maybe 25 mph. They exert a tremendous amount of force that will easily knock even the sturdiest of folks to the ground, leaving them at the mercy of the storm.
We share this not to deter you from visiting the coast this winter, but to remind you to be smarter than the high seas. Here are three tips for safe storm chasing on the coast, and our top picks on where to watch.
This hopefully goes without saying, but jetties are not safe place to watch a storm. That Instagram shot is really not worth an encounter with high waves + sharp, barnacle-covered rocks.
Some of our favorite spots for storm watching include:
Now you’re ready to go chase those storms. You can also check out our beach safety page for general tips to follow any time you're visiting the coast.