Dennis’ Tidbits

By DENNIS McTIGHE

January 11, 2019

Future brings later sunsets, more rain, mountain snow, and surf 

Dennis 5The sun now sets after 5 p.m. Sunset on Thursday was at 5:01 p.m. On Friday, it sets at 5:02 p.m., Saturday at 5:03 p.m., Sunday at 5:04 p.m., and so on. By month’s end, it will set at 5:19 p.m.

With high pressure virtually non-existent off our coast, the door is open for incoming Pacific storms that are setting their sights on California instead of the Pacific Northwest, so plenty of rain and mountain snow with lots of wind are expected over the next several days. 

Over the past week, the Sierras have accumulated as much as four feet of new snow with that amount on the way if these strong lows plow through as expected. That would put the season’s snowpack at 100-110 percent of normal. With the additional half-inch of rain last weekend, Laguna’s season total now stands at around 5.22 inches which is already a half-inch more than all of last season’s output. Normal to date is about 4.6 inches.

These lows will also kick up the surf from a very favorable northwest direction. Wednesday saw three to five foot fun zone waves and that size could double by this weekend. Up north Mavericks has been goin’ off as strong winds associated with these cyclones are creating strong ground swells our way, so it looks like that two-year flat spell we’ve had to endure is in the history books.

So far this month, high temps in Laguna have been below normal every day. Normal high for the date is around 65 to 66 degrees and our average high so far this month has been 61.6. 

Snow levels in our local mountains has been around 4,000 feet or even down as low as 3,500 feet which translates into powdery conditions at resort levels. Above normal rain around here has the Greenbelt living up to its moniker. Take a hike out there on our many trails or mountain bike although it’s a bit muddy in some spots. Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll get together again next Tuesday.

Aloha!