Posted on Fri, May. 18, 2007
Despite warming trends globally, temperatures on the Central Coast have been as much as a degree and a half cooler than normal, officials say
By David Sneed - email@example.com
“This April was one of the coldest on record at the Diablo Canyon Ocean Lab with mean water temperatures averaging 50.82 degrees,” he said. “The average along our coastline for the month of April is 52.19 since seawater temperature records have been collected (starting in 1976).”
Record-low ocean temperatures this week have been recorded at Pacifica, Monterey, Morro Bay and Diablo Canyon, Lindsey said. The cold water temperatures have also contributed to the cool, blustery weather in the area this spring.
“This condition will continue to produce upwelling along our shoreline, giving cooler seawater temperatures,” Lindsey said. “By next week we could see the monthly average for this May dropping below 50 degrees.”
Winds blowing across the surface of the ocean are a common Central Coast occurrence in the springtime and cause colder water to be dredged up from the depths. The cold water brings nutrients with it, which are an important part of the ocean food chain.