Crowds have been flocking to Southern California beaches this summer, and for good reason. The water temperatures are anomalously warm (see Fig. 1). Ocean temperatures have been well above-average along the Southern California coastline for much of the summer. 80°F+ water temperatures have been reported (San Diego Bay).
Fig. 1: Current SST Anomalies (TropicalTidbits.com)
Earlier this week, the sea-surface temperature (SST) at the Scripps Pier in San Diego, California hit its highest reading in the pier’s 102-year history. According to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the SST at the pier was measured was 78.6°F, which broke the previous record of 78.4°F (1931). Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, has measured the SSTs at the pier since 1916 as a part of its scientific research.