People have been living in California for a long time.
Off the coast of California, we have been recording water temps for about 100 years and we have just now seen something new.
On Thursday, Aug. 9, off the coast of Torrey Pines, north of San Diego, we recorded a water temperature of 81.3 degrees. This is likely a new record for the state and with current water temperatures in Hawaii, it's warmer than Honolulu or Maui.
This is simply incredible and legitimately tropical in it's nature. San Diego has been setting record warm early morning temperatures, and it's been extremely humid.
This may have one other impact, as well. The warmer water may allow some tropical systems forming off Mexico to maintain strength, increasing the chances of a landfalling tropical system. Many things would need to line up, but the chances of it happening are higher this year because of the very warm and likely record warm water off San Diego.
This does not hold true for Northern California. We have been remarkably warm, which draws in strong winds off the normally cold ocean. Massive upwelling is drawing up colder water because of the surface winds and we have seen colder ocean temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s for weeks.
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