G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Friday, August 20, 2010

Flat and Cold

Friday August 20, 2010

Since my last surf, the waves have been small to flat and the same persistent high level low pressure trough that has plagued the Cali coast all Summer, has provided plenty of unseasonal low temps, even breaking some records in some places.

We had something of a respite for a few days starting Sunday August 22, what I have been calling the first day of Summer. But as of today's writing we appear to be back on track for more gloomy and cold weather.

On the other coast the people have been sweltering in record high temps for the entire Summer. So for the record, I'd rather be cold than swimming in my own sweat at 90 degrees in 90% humidity. So if there's a trade-off...we won.

I've seen a couple explanations for this years unusual weather phenomenon. The first has to do with cold water La Nina conditions, talked about in this piece on Surfline (thanks Ron for sending me this one). The other has to do with the high east coast air and water temps as reported in this piece.

All very interesting stuff and all related to some degree to climate change (cataclysmic or not) and all making me wonder if the new aberration is the new normal. I'm also wondering if we're going to get a "normal" Fall season, which is typically our best weather of the year. And on top of that we can get some great surf as the SPAC keeps on giving and the NPAC starts it's Winter cycle of storms.

Perhaps like Dorothy we should close our eyes, click our heels together and say, "There's no place like home, there's no place like home." Or perhaps a surf effigy by burning a few (biodegradable of course) surfboards in the bonfires of sacrifice. (And no NOT just the SUPs!)

OK, I'll say it...Pray for Surf!

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