Scripps Pier Records Highest Ocean Temperature in its 102-year History

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 August 2018


Hot Times in SoCal

San Diego's Scripps Pier records highest ocean temperature in its 102-year history,
San Diego Union Tribune, August 2, 2018.

"...sea surface temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla hit 78.6 degrees on Wednesday, the highest reading in the pier’s 102-year history, according to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography."

"...broke the previous record of 78.4 degrees, which was set in 1931."

"The institute has been taking sea surface temperatures there since August 1916 as part of its scientific research."

Weird Times

"Southern California coastal waters have been anomalously warm since the beginning of 2014, when we experienced a marine heatwave."

“This event was popularly known as ‘the blob’. The following year, during 2015-2016, we had one of the strongest El Nino’s of the the last few decades and the local ocean continued warming."

“Since then SoCal waters are still anomalously warm — that is the water has not returned to temperatures that were normal in the previous seven years."

“The warm waters are posing a challenge for lifeguards, who’ve had to watch over enormous crowds.”


The Bottom Line

Land temps have been warming steadily since the 80s, and we've just, (since 2010),  been watching and experiencing a series of epic global-scale oceanic and atmospheric events.

First, in the oceans we've watched two super-huge sustaining, super-charged El Ninos being quickly followed by a completely unanticipated strong and enduring La Nina. Oh, and, "The Blob," too...

These gradually warming temps and strange series of super-warm El Ninos brought us the driest year in Sierra history, 2015, which was rapidly followed by its wettest, in 2017.

On land, since the inception of this new millennium, we've experienced the background of steadily rising record temps everywhere continuing their rise, puncuated by epic droughts, floods, storms, and just strange weather everywhere.
For those of us here in the shadow of the Sierra, this radically changing character of each of our seasons, and the changes in their timing and progression has brought a historic rise in all season's temperatures, a radical decline in the depth and duration of the snowpack, and tree mortality, all of these combined factor leading to a year round fire season topped by epic fires of unprecented number, size, intensity, happening earlier and earlier each Summer.

This series of weather breakdowns and its trend line shows us there is a deepening instability growing in our atmosphere and oceans that we must funamentally address.


The Blob

Climate News: The Blob Returneth? A Rerun of Drought Pattern?

What Happened? Retrospective View of The Blob

2018 NOAA WEST COAST FISHERIES REPORT, & History of the Blob


El Nino

La Nina Report, October 12, 2017

Global Warming News, Recent 2015 Huge El Nino: Shifted Global Temps into New Gear

El Nino & La Nina Research Reveals Deep Relationships

May 12 2015 BACKPACKER ALERT: El Nino Seasonal Update & MJO Information

May 12 2015 BACKPACKER ALERT: El Nino Seasonal Update & MJO Information



The Weather Page
El Nino & La Nina Information & Tracking



The Broader, Longer Context

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New Records Every Month, Every Year

2018: The New Normal Emerges in California, July Hottest Month EVER

Rising Heat Continues: Another "Hottest" Record Set for Summer of 2017,
With Links to annual heat “records” rising since 2010



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