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Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by counterpoint, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

    Did you bring the G15? I was looking at the west wind all week and was hoping for an upwhelling. I'm shooting to get out tomorrow. How were the waves?
  2. zf2nt

    zf2nt Course Director

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Saratoga, CA
    No, I was doing an AOW class and cameras are verboten when teaching.

    Today looks even better than yesterday. The seas are calmer than yesterday (now down to 4.2' swells at the Monterey buoy) and the upwelling continues.

    MBARI - M1 Contour CTD string Metsys plot - last 30 days tells the whole story. Just look at the correlation between the NW/NNW winds in the chart across the top and the rising cold water in the color-coded chart below the wind report.

    BTW, here's the hard data on the two dives we did. I don't think I've ever had AOW students do this well. They stayed right with me the whole time.
    dive1.jpg dive2.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2013
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  3. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

    I'll have to have you show me how to read that when I come in. If I'm reading it right it looks like the winds are drawing up the cold water as they increase speed. I plan on diving tomorrow. Hopefully good news to report afterward.
  4. marcus8

    marcus8 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Jose, CA
    Echoing the strong Carmel viz reports. Lobos on Sunday was spectacular. Have never seen it better. We easily had 50 + feet of viz at Granit Point wall. Literally thousands of fish in a very aquarium like dive situation with minimal surge. Saw an enormous salp chain in the sand channel around 77'. I had 48 Oceanic degrees. Some were reporting a bit lower on shore. Makes ya want to call in sick, I'm just sayin.....
  5. counterpoint

    counterpoint Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: bay area, California
    Last weekend i was at lobos. Lobos 4 feet vis. Now 50 and I'm stuck working for the next month without a day off. Wow what a way to hurt my feelings.

    I think I am coming down with something. Sneeze sneeze.
  6. GregSaiz

    GregSaiz Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Carlos, California, United States
    Dove lobos on Monday and it was still Epic on my scale. As Phil S. says, it's a great week to come down with a bad case of "diver-ticulitis"!
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  7. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

    Dove North and South Monastery today. Wow. 50-60ft vis and blue. North had tons of fish. A big school of blues were in closer to shore. I usually see them around the canyon. Ambient light was amazing. There was a lot of chewed up kelp on the bottom of North. South had the same vis if not a little better. Calmer on this side because of the wind direction. Was going to do a third dive at Breakwater but the wind was howling and it looked surgey. I would estimate vis would have been 10-15 along the wall. Will have some video and pics soon.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
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  8. 3D diver

    3D diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Altos, CA
    Hey, how's it looking on the Monterey side?
  9. Jak Crow

    Jak Crow Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Livermore, CA, USA
    I'm doing the Beachhopper Lobos dive tomorrow. Sounds like it will be good.
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  10. dannobee

    dannobee Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: SF Bay Area
    I dived Local's Ledge today from my boat. Vis was easily 70 ft. I could see from one pinnacle to the other, and down to the sand channel about 100 ft away. Simply gorgeous.

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