The first tropical storm of the season is tracking at a rapid pace to
the west, situated about 1,000 miles southwest of the tip of Baja,
not affecting our weather or surf.
Aleeda formed on May 21, about 1,100 miles south southeast of the
tip of Baja and hurried due west (270 degrees). When they form that
far down there, they usually do trek to the west, especially this
early in the season.
This storm marks the fourth consecutive year that a spinner was
born in May, way early in the season.
Well, we were able to salvage one day out of the three day
Memorial weekend, Saturday was a fraud and Monday was a beauty.
Now it’s Tuesday and the gloom season is in full swing. As of noon
we’re socked in, it’s only 64 degrees, the ceiling is 300 feet and
the surface air visibility is less than a mile. Just over the hill
it’s already 86 degrees. It’s 106 degrees in Palm Springs.
That’s why it’s not clearing here at the beach.
There’s a very late in the season storm centered 800 miles west of
Oregon and Washington. It’s a strong one for this late in the year
It should make landfall in a couple days, soaking the Pacific
Northwest. We won’t see any weather from it but a healthy northwest
swell will be showing up in a couple days, teaming up with a hefty
Southern Hemisphere pulse that is head high today and still
increasing, so south and west facing beaches should be firing.
Most of us haven’t put our full wet suits in the closet to rest
yet, as the waters are taking their sweet time in warming up -- it’s
still only 59 to 61 degrees!
Thanks again to Will Pennartz at the Laguna Surf Gallery for
firstly, inviting your Tidbitter, a rookie in the art world, to be on
the same walls as the masters; and secondly, for the masters to be on
a wall with the “new guy.”
* DENNIS McTIGHE is a Laguna Beach resident. He earned a
bachelor’s in earth sciences from UC San Diego and was a U.S. Air
Force weather forecaster.