Fourteen hours and 26 minutes.
That's how long the sun took to travel across our sky on Sunday,
and that bright light up there actually made a cameo appearance late
in the afternoon to the delight of many.
When the Catalina Eddy gets to a certain thickness, clearing
actually takes place right at the coast instead of inland. A total
reversal from the usual pattern.
Monday, it was even better -- total clearing as of 3 p.m., first
time that's happened since Memorial Day. Desert communities only made
it to 85 degrees Sunday so it cleared here on the coast. That's a new
record cool maximum temperature for the date in Palm Springs and
that's 24 degrees below the date's norm.
Practically the entire continental US registered their coolest May
and Junes on record. Until Monday, New York City had not seen the
80-degree mark reached yet. It made 87 degrees this week.
Frequent and heavy rains have really put a serious dent in the
four-year drought that has plagued the northeast down to the
southeast. Last weekend marked the beginning of the waiting period
for the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, having been an event
since 1954. Last year we didn't even pull it off, because conditions
just didn't gel on weekends. All the surf we got last summer was
always during the weekday span, with the only exception having been
the last Sunday of August when Category 5 hurricane Fausto came up
real quick late that Sunday morning.
Then, two weeks later, hurricane Hernan delivered one of the most
consistent big Baja swells ever. I mean from sun up to sun down there
was never a lull. Just a relentless procession of 8 to 12-foot second
reefers at Brooks Street with not a breath of wind the entire day.
It's hard to run all events in just one whole day, but it would
have been really fun trying. Trouble is, it was a Wednesday. By
Saturday, his waves had come and gone.
Some years we've actually run the whole event the first or second
weekend of the waiting period, like in 1972 -- the best Baja swell
summer ever seen.
Hurricane Beatris' waves gave that year's winner Mike Armstrong
good training for Pipeline which really got him on the map, along
with schoolmate Brian Bulkley.
Then in '85, hurricane Delores cranked out a double overhead,
95-degree heat wave, Brooks Street Classic. Brooks Street prefers a
165 to 180 degree, 10 to 11-second interval Baja swell to really
shine. Then you can ride all the way from second reef to the Oak
Street public access stairs. John Parlette and a young hottie grom
named Mark Watkins were ruling out there. Let's keep our fingers,
toes and eyes crossed and pray to the surf gods to get this thing on
the road soon. Stay tuned!