Storm Watching TofinoUcluelet Storm Season

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Come experience the raw power of the mighty Pacific Ocean as ferocious waves roll in from Japan and pound the shores of the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island. During storm season waves can reach heights of 10-12 metres, come witness the incredible beauty and heart pounding drama of a West Coast winter storm from one of our spectacular privately owned storm-front vacation rentals. After a thrilling day watching the crashing surf from the many viewing points scattered along the coast, arrive back, start the fire and warm the jetted Jacuzzi tub and continue storm-watching right from the comfort and luxury of your vacation home. Natural Elements Vacation Rentals has a select portfolio of vacation rentals located on the west side of Ucluelet, strung closely along the Wild Pacific Trail where rugged coastline meet with pounding surf. The location is awe inspiring with open Pacific Ocean as far as the eye can see and proximity to all asset's that are must have's for even the most dis-concerning storm-watchers, being steps to Big Beach, open ocean, Wild Pacific Trail and oceanfront dining.


How the West Coast storms are formed?


Storms are formed by low pressure systems forming over the Gulf of Alaska. When winds run North East 30-40 knots, the low pressure system shifts southward from Alaska and reaches over our costal waters bringing wind/rain and Gale to storm forced winds to the Pacific Rim.

The most common wave heights are 8-9 metres when Gale/storm winds occur on the coast,

But every so often winds reach up to 63 knots bringing near hurricane force winds, and 10-12 metre seas. At these times the coast is engulfed in pounding surf, beaches become flooded with

Sea foam, wind feels as though you can lean forward and wind almost sustains your body weight, the sights and sounds are nothing short of thrilling and invigorating.


When is the best time for storm-watching?


The best time for storm-watching is November through until the end of February. During this time the extreme forces of nature are completely unpredictable, one moment there is sun and blue skies, the next rain is pouring adding to the nearly 5 metres of annual rainfall, and then a

Few hours later a low pressure system may bring 10-12 metre seas! The swells still continue

For 8-12 hours after the storm has passed.

The very best way to predict storms is by following the local weather forecast, and waiting

For the word that a low pressure system is approaching and high winds are expected along

Southern Vancouver Island. If you want to go a step further in your storm-watching

Endeavours, listen to marine forecasts, compare weather forecasts to Beaufort Wind Scale so that you can differentiate between Gale Force and Storm Force, and km per hour to knots, in

Order to be aware of precisely how big of swells will be bred from the report from La Perouse Buoy.


Vacation Rentals which put you right in the middle of the action!


Storm-watching has become a tourism phenomenon on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Natural Elements Rentals has a select portfolio of privately owned vacation rentals which are perched in ideal locations to storm-watch right from the comfort and luxury of your vacation rental. Being situated along the open ocean side of Ucluelet, puts you right into the action of the massive breakers crashing along the rugged coastline and outer reefs. Vantage points from these rentals are open Pacific Ocean, pounding surf and rocky headlands. These select storm front rentals are in very close proximity to Wild Pacific Trail, Big Beach and ocean-front dining.