With the federal government declaring the extraordinary number of starving sea lion pups along the Southern California coastline an “unusual mortality event,” the door is opened for possible emergency funding for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a center spokesperson said this week. Nearly 150 young sea lions are now receiving emergency care at PMMC, the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 waters off Southern Mexico and Central America, if these tightly wound […]
Swell Time Down South By Dennis McTighe Things are beginning to wind down in the Central and North Pacific. Storms are becoming less frequent and not as potent as the jet stream starts to shift to the north as most of California begins to dry out after a wetter than normal season over most of […]
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 […]
Spring has sprung! By the time you read this it will be April, no foolin’. March is soon to be in the history books. It turned out to be a bit warmer than normal with an average high temperature of 68.8 degrees, one degree higher than normal. The average low temperature was 47.2 degrees, also […]
Rivers From the Sky A powerful late season Pacific storm descended upon us on Sunday and Monday, dropping some pretty incredible amounts of rain, some places registering double and even triple the entire month’s normal in just the span of 48 hours or so. Here in Laguna as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March […]