The gloom graciously cleared in time to view Monday evening’s solar
eclipse, and it was a dandy.
At 6:22 p.m. there was 70% coverage. The next one won’t be until 2012.
Your tidbitter has witnessed two total eclipses.
The first one was the afternoon of Oct. 23, 1969, when I was in the
U.S. Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu.
The last one was July 11, 1991. This time I saw it from the Big Island
in Hawaii -- total coverage for three minutes. It was not seen here in
Laguna because ’91 was the Summer of Gloom everyday!
Latest El Nino update: It looks like El Nino, si!
The red crabs are showing up at all beaches here in Orange County and
beyond in L.A. County’s South Bay.
The last time these crabs made an appearance was in ’83 and ’97, and
we know what happened those years.
Plus Chile just had its wettest season in more than a century.
Its last two wet seasons? You guessed it -- ’83 & ’97.
And the water temp today is 70 degrees here and 73 degrees in San
* DENNIS MCTIGHE is a Laguna Beach resident.