Waiting for the Sun

The Summerless Year
It’s August 1st and the water temps along the coast of Southern California are a good 10 degrees below normal. Usually by this time we see 70°F ocean temps. This week it’s been between 56 and 58°F. The only people in the water are die-hard surfers and tourists.

SAN DIEGO — Scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography said an unusually cold Pacific Ocean is contributing to the long-lasting June gloom San Diegans are seeing along the coast.

Surfers dressed in full suits have become a regular sight at many local beaches this summer.

Surfer Laura Pavlo added, “The water is freezing; not like it should be.”

According to statistical data compiled by Scripps Institute of Oceanography, sea surface temperatures haven’t been this low for this day in July since 1999.

“It’s not just a local cool spot here in Southern California. It’s part of a large cold anomaly and I don’t know exactly what’s causing that,” Sam Iacobellis with Scripps told 10News.

“I’m sure it’ll clear up eventually, but hopefully next year there will be actually summer; next year, maybe. Yeah, the summer-less year, kind of sad,” surfer Dawn Newbegin said.

A blast from the past – Deep Purple Smoke on the Water 1973:

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