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 […]
Tag: Earth Sciences
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 […]
That’s Why We Live Here! Turkey weekend’s incredible weather was a perfect example of why we live in this beautiful corner of the world. While most of the nation is gearing up for Ol’ Man Winter’s arrival, we’re laughin’ under bright sunshine and 80 degree temps at water’s edge. Makes you wonder, gee, what […]
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.
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 […]
The June Tune Well we’re almost to the halfway point of June, 2011 and the sun continues to make an appearance every day this month so far. The mornings have been mired in a funk with even some drizzle thrown in but around 1 or 2 p.m., bingo!, bright sunshine! Temperatures have been seasonable or […]
Mild Here, But Not in Tornado Alley From today through Sept. 10 the sun will set at 7:15 p.m. or later. Our latest sunset occurs on June 21 at 8:08 p.m. and sets at that time until July 7. On this date in 1997 the ocean temperature in Laguna was already 72 degrees thanks to […]
April Stuff After a weekend of June gloom in April the sun has returned of course now that it’s Monday. What’s a bit of early gloom here in Laguna compared to what a goodly part of the rest of the country is enduring? We’re getting off easy! Take the Pacific Northwest for starters. Talk about […]
March Madness! The calendar says it’s March, but the thermometer isn’t hearing any of that. With ice in the canyon on Sunday morning, a high Sunday of only 56, snow levels down to 1500 feet in some areas and ocean temps down to 52 to 54 degrees, it sounds a lot like January to me. […]
Swell Time Forecast for Summer By Dennis McTighe It’s a pretty decent looking Monday here in Lagunaville with sunny skies, a few puffy clouds, a gentle breeze, air temperature in the mid 60s water temp. in the mid 50s, but a very flat ocean, which has been the case for quite some time now. From […]