Using my personal definition of SUMMER: When the Ocean Temperature reaches 70 degrees, our summer ended on October 9th. Summer is over.
The first and last days we experienced 70 degree water were May 18, and October 9th, giving us almost five months of terrific summer weather in South Orange County, CA.
For much of our long summer the ocean temperature remained in the mid 70’s and hit 78 degrees on the warmest days. The afternoon of May 19, was the first time the ocean water reached 70 degrees, and the last day was the afternoon of October 09. That made for 144 days of great beach weather.
Today the ocean temperature ranged from 64 – 68 degrees with 4’-6’ surf. Not bad for surfing but for those who love body surfing, or just playing in the surf, we’re going to need to take a two hour flight south to tropical Mexico until next year.
EL NINO WINTER SHOULD MAKE FOR A WET WINTER
According to the Federal Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md., our warmer than average Pacific Ocean creates El Nino and the resulting weather changes forecast for this winter.
El Nino should bring a warm winter to most of the Northwest through Northern Rockies, upper Midwest, and maybe the Northeast. Southern California through Texas and Florida should see a wetter-than-average winter that should be good news for drought stricken California.
RECOMMENDATION FOR A TROPICAL GET AWAY
Need a Tropical Get Away? Hop a flight to one of my favorite tropical beach destinations, Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Check the chart below you can see the beach at Ixtapa is perfect year round.
YOUR FAVORITE TROPICAL GET AWAY?
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