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Dennis’ Tidbits


July 31, 2020

Here comes August

Dennis 5July 2020 is in the history books and it was nothing to write home about. In a way that’s a good thing for a lot of us, because we’re not suffering in oppressive heat or dodging EF-3 tornadoes or Category 3 hurricanes or flash floods or long bitterly cold winters like the rest of the country. 

Would you rather live in beautiful Southern California for the most part or Cornhole, Kansas? Sure, we’re spoiled but that’s why we live here!

Here comes August and it’s the warmest month of the year on average, with a normal hi-lo of 78-65 here in town. Our hottest August day was 98 on August 23, 1981, and 96 on August 7, 1983. Our chilliest August night was August 30, 1943 at 50 degrees. Average August rainfall here in Laguna is around 0.14 inches. Our wettest Augusts were 2.26 inches in 1977, 0.79 inches in 1983, and 0.50 inches in 1984. 

The normal water temp in August is around 70 degrees, our warmest month on average. The warmest August water temp was in 2006 at 79 degrees. The coldest water temp was in August of 2010 at 55 degrees. Usually in August we’ll see at least a couple of nice south swells from Mexican hurricanes, but that hasn’t been the case since 2014. The busiest south swell August was the magical 1972 season, when there was a strong El Nino going on. That August saw a major swell from seven hurricanes over just 25 days. They were named Celeste, Diane, Estelle, Fernanda, Gwen, Hyacinth, and Inez.

Speaking of Mexican hurricanes, Hurricane Guillermo set a record for the longest living hurricane in Eastern Pacific history with a remarkable lifespan of 30 days, from July 27 to August 26, 1997. Guillermo actually formed in the mid-Atlantic on July 19 without an assigned name, as his winds were only at 35 mph, so he was a tropical depression as he sped to the west. 

1997 was a very strong El Nino, so waters were colder than normal in the Atlantic, and upper-level shear winds from the west were much stronger than normal. So this Atlantic-born system barely held it together as a depression. But on July 27, the system crossed the narrow strip of land near the Panama Canal and popped out into the Eastern Pacific. There rapid intensification began immediately as he entered super-warm 90-degree ocean temps with virtually no upper-level shear winds to stump the growth of newly named Guillermo, so conditions were more than ripe for production of a monster hurricane. We’ll cover his amazing journey in my next edition of Tidbits. Have a great weekend as temps are going to be on the rise. 

Stay healthy, ALOHA!


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