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Dennis’ Tidbits 

By DENNIS McTIGHE 

June 8, 2019

Chilly water, cool days; still looking for the rays

Dennis 5Tuesday’s heavy drizzle brought five hundredths of an inch of precipitation, bringing our season total to 19.93 inches, ever so close to that 20-inch threshold. The marine layer on Tuesday morning was at least 5,000 ft. thick and extended all the way from the middle of Baja’s west coast up to the Bay area and a thousand miles out into the Pacific.

Temps continue to average up to 10 degrees below normal in the coastal plain and 15-20 degrees below seasonal norms out in our deserts with highs in the lower deserts only in the low to mid 80s. We’re still waiting for our first 80-degree day here in town. Normally by now, we should have had at least five or six such days. Even the 70 mark has been hard to come by. Ocean temps are also several degrees below seasonal norms with today’s reading still a chilly 61.

Things are still pretty quiet down there in the Eastern Pacific Tropics with nothing seen in the near future. On the other side there was tropical storm Andrea back in May, but she did not affect any land masses down in the Caribbean. Earlier this week a disturbance was trying to pull it together off the east coast of Mainland Mexico, but it only amounted to a tropical low loaded with moisture that is dropping enormous amounts of rain in already flooded Southeast Texas around Houston, Galveston, and outlying areas. Up to 14 inches of rain has fallen in just the last 48 hours in some places. That’s as much as we get in an entire season!

Now that it’s June, the window of opportunity is open for violent tornadoes all the way from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border and points east. May was the peak month for the number of tornadoes in our country but June is the second busiest month of the year. Now they’re popping up in places like North Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, and Maryland. As you probably know by now, tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states. Just this past winter, there were seven twisters here in California with two reaching EF-2 status and three making it to EF-1 strength. Most of them were up there around Fresno. Down here, there were a couple of funnel clouds reported but no touchdowns. There was an EF-1 waterspout about three miles off Oceanside, but it never made landfall.

It’s too bad that Mike Trout, arguably the best player in baseball, has to play for such a mediocre team that is mired in fourth place and five games under .500. He just doesn’t have the supporting cast except for Albert Pujols, who is almost 39 and in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. Right now, I think there are a couple of players with even better numbers than Mike’s. Not to downsize Mike’s production but look at the numbers that Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich are stacking up. 

You might even want to include the Houston’s Alex Bregman. The Phillies’ Bryce Harper’s numbers so far are not deserving of the 400 million dollar contract he signed. He’s hitting only around .250 with 12 homers and 40 ribbies. Not too bad, but if I’m paying him that much money, he should already be hitting around .350 with at least Ruthian numbers, say at least 25 round trippers and 70-75 runs batted in.

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!