renaissance

Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Diving 50 feet to the ocean floor off Laguna Beach’s coast was like landing on a desolate, evacuated planet.  There was no sign of life. Not even a lone, drifting kelp spore or a tenacious purple spiny sea urchin to devour it. “When we started, there was nothing there, nothing,”...

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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...

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Dolphins and other delights!   After a few days of semi gloomy skies, sunshine returned to Lagunatown. The sun actually made an appearance at Monday’s sunrise. The air quality was so good this evening you could see the mountains and also Catalina Island, something we haven’t...

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South Swell Time! The sunshine just keeps on comin’! A bit of crud in the mornings, but poof it’s gone by 10 or 11 leaving us with clear sunny skies all afternoon, quite a far cry from last summer when we couldn’t buy a sunny day. Skies are sunny and blue with no haze and gentle...

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Hurricane Season Touches Down You can’t ask for a nicer Memorial Day than today. Notoriously cloudy, today is quite the wonderful exception thanks to yesterday’s Aleutian blaster, which swept things clean, so clean that Catalina Island looks like you could almost reach out and...

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Hurricanes Continued! Only about a month from the beginning of summer, but try telling this week’s weather. A pair of March-like storms are bearing down on California with one to two feet of snow in the Sierras and one to two inches of rain along the entire coast. Laguna’s normal...

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Here Comes Hurricane Season! Our other source of summer surf comes from storms much closer than the long traveling Southern Hemisphere swells. Welcome to the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, which begins this coming Sunday and runs through Nov. 15. Born in the hot tropical...

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A Month for Records By Dennis McTighe We’ve now passed the halfway point of winter, Feb. 5 being the halfway mark. It’s another gorgeous Monday on the heels of a nice weekend. Conditions at noon: clear sunny skies, air visibility at 15 to 20 miles, air temp. is a balmy 73 degrees...

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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...

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El Nino vs. La Nina We here in Laguna have every reason to gloat and smirk at a goodly portion of the remainder of the lower 48. Clear sunny skies, light offshore breezes with an air temp. of 75 degrees at lunch hour. California and Arizona are the only places getting off the...

Economic Tide Turns Against Kelp Foresters

Southern California’s kelp forests, essential to the health of the marine ecosystem in California, have taken a beating in recent decades. Natural cycles of growth and decline have been skewed toward decline by El Nino events, algal blooms, polluted water, and populations of...