We are experiencing some very warm waters again off our coast. Is it El Nino (Part Deux) this Winter? NOAA is reports water temperatures are at or above normal throughout the Pacific right now. We have unusual hot + HUMID conditions here in Southern California.
The photo above taken at the start of the trails that lead down to Neptune Cove/ Golden Cove North Palos Verdes illustrates the local threats to our public beach access. In California in 1972 a law was passed creation of an agency to help ensure the public’s right to beach access. The California Coastal Commission. Before and since then land owners and local municipalities have attempted to erect obstacles as small as “No Beach Access” signs to as large as guarded gates and walls. While it is the Coastal Commissions prerogative to constantly review and to intervene when our access is obstructed it is ultimately our job as local citizens and ocean lovers to get out and use these trails to ensure they remain apparent and therefore more difficult for access to be denied in the future.
Not much to be said. We started the month off with some windy cold June gloom and transitioned into a heat wave and persistent high surf. Someone said to me, so its been hot – not good for diving? Not necessarily I said. Good for swimming!
Diving locally we have learned quickly that hot weather and sunny skies rarely equal good conditions but usually the opposite. Often due to particles in our nutrient rich waters rays of sunlight tend to bound of these particles causing poorer visibility along with algae blooms feeding off the hot beams of light. Gray skies with defused sun rays work better out here!
In August of 2016 NBTT Dive Club suspended coordinated dive group operations.
After El Nino 2016 and nearly half a year gone by with only a half dozen dives finally conditions seem to be stabilizing and the north swells which blast Palos Verdes in the winter months are tapering off.
On my first dive in Palos Verdes since before the winter storms we were greeted by an amazing sight of wild flowers growing along all of the peninsula hillsides. Yellow and white flowers which I have never seen in 7 years of diving the area.
The trails which are a small hurtle one must conquer for the privilege to enjoy the beautiful treasures that lie just off our shores.
Due to the heavy rains in the winter the flowing waters carved ditches alongside the existing paths and have begun carving new trails.
This past weekend we were subject to a rare Santa Ana (offshore) winds conditions which which flattened out the ocean surface, brought up cool clear water and gave us some hot summer-like temperatures.
The reefs on the wall in the depth range around 40 ft are covered in growth and attracting lots of fish. Inside the cove it was also clear and thick with kelp. Numerous sulfur vents visible at different depths along our dive identifiable by the white microbial growth. Visibility average 30 feet with many over areas averaging much more than that.