Dennis’ Local Almanac

By DENNIS McTIGHE

Laguna weather remains the same

Just over the hill in Palm Springs, it’s 112+ degrees, while here at the beach it’s 70 at the most. The sun finally showed up at about 4 p.m. on Sunday. Local ocean temps are on the rise with surface temps at 65-68 at Orange County beaches on Sunday afternoon. That shaker we had last week measured a 3.6, so no big deal. The epicenter was a mile north of Newport Beach, so the Newport-Inglewood Fault may have been the perp. It’s been quiet for a while underground – and that’s a good thing.

On June 9, 1979, Laguna was attacked by thousands of flying spiders that cast their silky webs everywhere. The little critters were harmless, but they sure spun a mean web that hung from everything that could accommodate these beautiful strands. Where did they come from and how did they manage to land in only Laguna? It was a once-in-a-lifetime event. A rare out-of-season strong Santana wind with northeast winds up to 40 mph was blowing the morning of the 9th sending temps here at the beach to record levels with a sizzling 101 degrees as the humidity plummeted to 9% at water’s edge.

The direction of the wind, which was northeast, carried these little critters all the way from their habitat way out in the desert near Apple Valley – which was precisely northeast of Laguna. These little guys were blown nearly 100 miles from their place of residence to land in Laguna, which is directly SW of their habitat. Those who were around that day remember it like it was yesterday. My weather buddy, Spyder Wills, documented this rare event on camera. By that evening they were gone. Mother Nature sure has a lot of surprises up her sleeve!

The tropical Eastern Pacific, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Basin are all quiet at this time and no storm development is seen for at least the next five to seven days – but by the middle of this month things could ramp up. Right now, ocean temps in the Atlantic are at levels seen in mid-August as upper-level shear winds begin to slacken.

As you probably know by now the forecast is for a super hyper hurricane season with the Atlantic almost certain to go through their entire alphabet for named storms. In the Gulf of Mexico, there’s a pocket of super-hot water SW of the Tampa, Fla. area and elsewhere in the gulf, with temps well into the 80s, and there’s tons of moisture in the atmosphere down there. On our side, it’s still quiet with just a few areas of disturbed weather southwest of southern Mexico. Upper-level shear winds are still pretty strong down there, so no development should be seen for at least a week or more.

In around two or three weeks, the summer monsoon season will get under way. From June 25 or 30 through about the middle of September, the desert southwest will receive at least 60% of their annual rainfall in just the span of about 10 or 11 weeks. The amount of activity varies from year to year. Three seasons ago there was barely anything, but the next season the fire hose was on full blast. Stay tuned on that one. I’ve witnessed firsthand an event known as a microblast just outside of Tucson, Ariz. a few years ago, all part of the summer monsoon season.

For us here in Lotusland, it’s pretty much the same for this week.

Until next week, ALOHA!


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