Well … the summertime blues have continued over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some HOT temps, but not so hot surf overall. A little reprieve this week from the scorcher we went through over the week and a half around the 4th of July weekend and now, more interesting anomalies are going on. Mother Nature will always surprise us, sometimes it’s a good one and sometimes not. Though, the silver lining is we have had some little waves here and there to ride when we are desperate to get wet! Currently, we have a long low-pressure system cutting right through the Midwest, creating lots of chaos for them. As this system moves on towards the end of next week, we might see a little pop of nor’easter conditions! Until then, Bermuda high conditions will prevail, and it will be mostly grovel waves daily. But with a full moon phase kicking in, time your tides right at select breaks and you could find a little wave here and there to push a LB, SUP or fish.
TROPICAL UPDATE – (SAL?):
There are no current activities forming. Not what we all wanted to hear, but there might be more to this story. So, what is all this SAL talk about? Some may have heard about SAL before, but if you haven’t, a SAL is a Saharan Air Layer, a dust flume that travels all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and has been known as “The Hurricane Killer” in the past. Recently, the current SAL has been spreading all the way to Texas and over the Gulf Coast of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. So, what’s with this SAL that can disrupt formation of storms and current activity?
1) Dry air can enhance downdrafts (sinking air) suppressing convection around the system.
“Any convection that kicks off quickly reaches the bottom of the SAL and then entrains this dry air,” Dunion said.
2) Its associated stronger easterly winds aloft can increase wind shear, tilting or outright displacing the convection aloft from its low-level circulation.
Dunion said a 30 to 50 mph jet hiding up in the SAL is almost always embedded along the southern edge of the SAL.
3) Its sinking air can intensify the so-called trade-wind inversion, essentially, a cap on the development of showers and thundershowers sometimes in play in the tropics.
Hang in there guys and gals, Hurricane Season is still heating up, and soon we will turn the corner into the peak months we’ve been waiting for. As hot as it has been, and as hot as the water temps are, it won’t be long until we have the formation of some tropical punch! Until then we’ll have to chop hop it out on what Mother Nature brings us, and hope that SAL gets out of our way very soon!
WIND: WSW winds 5-10 in AM turning ESE 10-15 in PM
WIND: WSW winds less than 5 in AM turning ESE 5-10+ in PM
WIND: WSW winds less than 5 in AM turning ESE 5-10 in PM
WIND: WSW winds less than 5 in AM turning E to ESE 5-10 in PM