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Mild Winter Leaves San Diego Beaches at Widest in a Decade

A winter with few storms has left San Diego with the widest beaches in a decade — in some cases as much as 50 feet wider — the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reported Tuesday.

Scripps said beaches are 33 to 50 feet wider than after an average winter, and up to 80 feet wider than in early 2010 during the last El Niño winter storms.

“Cardiff, Solana Beach, and Imperial Beach are wide at least partially because they were nourished with sand in fall 2012, but Torrey Pines was not nourished recently, and the winter beach there is the widest in 10 years,” said Scripps oceanographer Robert Guza, the beach survey project leader.

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