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1997-98 El Niño Coastal Monitoring Program


Capitola Beach, Capitola, October 9, 1997

Overlook of Capitola Beach showing a wide beach at the end of the summer season. Note that the beach extends well beyond the stairway at the left and nearly to the end of the groin in the right of the photograph.View is towards the east. Capitola-10-9


Capitola Beach, Capitola, January 20, 1998

Capitola Beach showing a typical "winter" condition where much of the beach has retreated although "dry" sand is present at all tide levels. Winter Capitola 1-20


Capitola Beach, Capitola, February 5, 1998

Capitola Beach at the height of an "El Niño" winter storm where the beach is completely submerged at high tide and the waves impact directly on the seacliffs and coastal structures. El Niņo Capitola 2-5


Capitola Beach, Capitola, February 8, 1998

Close-up of Capitola Beach during an "El Niño" storm. The photograph was taken at high tide and shows the combined effects of Soquel Creek floods and storm wave attack on beachfront properties.

Beachfront Capitola 2-8

Capitola Beach, Capitola, February 8, 1998

High tide waves crashing against the seawall at the Venetian Court Apartments.

Venetian Court Apts. 2-8


Capitola Beach, Capitola, February 8, 1998

Waves flooded up in between the rows of Venetian Court Apartments.

Venetian Court Apts. 2-8


Capitola Beach, Capitola, February 8, 1998

High tide waves crashing against a building at Capitola Beach. Restaurant on lower level has its windows boarded up.

Margaritaville 2-8

 

Click on a beach name to see a series of photographs
taken from October '97 - February '98

Location Map
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The Boardwalk,
Santa Cruz

Capitola Beach,
Capitola

Cowells Beach,
Santa Cruz

Its Beach,
Santa Cruz

Main Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seabright Beach,
Santa Cruz

Seacliff Beach,
Santa Cruz

Esplanade Drive,
Pacifica

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