2011 in the Rearview Mirror What a dandy Christmas Day! Clear sunny skies, 70 degree temps and a clear view of all the mountains to the east and even San Clemente Island to our southwest. Another highlight of the day was a whale sighting just a few yards outside Brook Streets’ Second Reef around […]
Author Archive: Dennis McTighe
Warm Christmas Again! By the time you read McWeather’s latest literary installment, winter will be upon us. Wednesday the 21st marks the arrival of the solstice with 9 hours 54 minutes of sun time at our latitude. The further north you go the less amount of sun time there is on the winter solstice and […]
Today’s screaming message… Be naughty and save Santa a trip. Seriously, folks, all McWeather wants for Christmas is a five-foot swell. We’re closing in on the flattest fall on record. It’s almost as though somebody built a huge breakwater off our coast and didn’ t tell us. So far December has come up with nothing but ankle snappers, not just here in Lake Laguna but the entire California coast. Have we been too naughty, King Neptune? Our current rain-making low pressure system, just like the ones before it, is not a wave making machine. These are not surface lows; they’re upper level lows or better known as cut off systems. They’re not riding on the jet stream storm track. Have you noticed the pattern of all the lows we’ve had so far this season? The winds associated with these lows have been predominantly light and variable at less than 10 mph.
Of Sun, Wind and Waves We’re approaching our earliest sunset and shortest day of the year. To rephrase, it’s not the actual day that is shorter. It’s still a 24 hour day just like all the others; it’s the shortest amount of suntime. Today, Monday, Dec. 5, our amount of actual sun time at […]
Sea and Sky Energy! With last Sunday’s generous helping of rain, nearly ¾ of an inch, we’re on a pace for an 18 inch season, a little over 4 inches above the seasonal normal of 13.95. So far there’s been good distribution of rain with a 5-7 day dry period between storms. As of today, […]
It’s that time again, back to the Dark Ages. No, I don’t mean the last administration, I mean the one where you have to turn on the lights by 5:15. Tonight the sun sets at 4:55 p.m., only 15 minutes away from our earliest sunset of the year which at this latitude is 4:40 p.m. from Dec. 8-10. From now until Jan. 9 the sun will set before 5 p.m. The second Sunday of next March will see a return to Daylight Savings Time.
Here at the beach we’re almost wishing it was June, after all, it was only gloomy in June a total of only five days this year. The unrelenting marine muck is dominating the weather scene this fall. The surf hasn’t been in a good mood either. Nor the water temp, for that matter. The Southern Hemisphere is quiet, the eastern Pacific tropical waters are done for the year, skunked again. The north Pacific is dormant too. I guess it’s just one of those years or should I say more like decades. It almost seems like there’s a restraining order out on Senor El Nino since 1997-98.
It sure was a dank Monday here at the beach, but there was bright sunshine all day at Top of the World. As long as you were above about 500 feet the skies were good to go. That’s how condensed the marine layer was today. Sure it was cold and clammy at the beach, but it’s O.K because like the old saying goes, the worst day in Laguna is 40,000 times better than the best day in Pomona!
Prepare for the Return of Devil Winds It’s early Tuesday morning, around 7 a.m. and boy is it ever soupy out there. Visibility is maybe a quarter mile at best with an air temp of 52 degrees with 100% humidity and a dew point of 52 degrees so everything is dripping wet. Even though it’s […]
Last Friday’s sunset definitely made McWeather’s top 10 list of dazzling sunsets. There must have been at least a couple of colors up there they have not even named yet, I swear. A plentiful stream of mid level moisture bands fanning out from the remnants of the once Category 4 Hurricane Hilary made up the set decoration for Friday’s cavalcade of color. It would be hard for any of us artists, no matter how good, to duplicate on canvas what we saw.
Summer Report Card! Summer 2011 report card: weather, B+; water temp, C+; surf, D. All but five days had ample sunshine, a vast improvement over last year’s gloomy summer. The average water temp. came out at 67.4 degrees and that was a little more than two degrees below normal and over four degrees above last […]
Energetic Atmosphere! Two thunderstorms in the same week rumbled across our region with some pretty intense stuff. That hasn’t happened around here since 1998 at least here in Laguna when we had such storms on three separate days during the week of August 30th to September 6th. Laguna averages eight thunderstorm days a year. So […]
Cyclone Spared To quote an old ‘40s song, “Good Night, Irene”. After trashing the Atlantic seaboard and New England, Irene has finally spent all her furious energy and has been put to rest in Southeastern Canada. Lucky for us, we don’t have to deal with hurricanes as only once in the past century has there […]