El Nino’s effects will begin taking hold by July or August. That means
we’ll get dumped on big time next year.
On this date in 1997, the water temperature was an incredible 74
degrees. It would not sink below 70 degrees until Thanksgiving that year.
Monday the water temperature was 59 degrees.
I shall welcome the new El Nino with open arms.
Looking back on past El Ninos the summer of 1972 set a new precedent
Every eastern Pacific hurricane, from Ava to Tanya, was a category
three or stronger. They were all named after ladies until 1976 when the
national organization of fur traders demanded a man’s name every other
Every storm gave us a south swell anywhere from 6- to 15-feet plus
75-degree water all summer with 11 electrical storms in Laguna Beach
between June (no gloom that year) and October.
Then we got 25 inches of rain that winter. All other surf summers have
been compared to 1972. Only ’83 and ’97 have even come close.
El Nino 1976 had the water at 70 degrees up to Halloween and nine days
straight of thunderstorms in September. Sleepy Hollow broke like crazy.
Guys were riding all the way to the steps in front of Dr. Bill Anderson’s
* Dennis McTighe writes about the weather for the Coastline Pilot. If
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