Coldest ocean water temperature in decades recorded off San Diego County
UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography said a near-shore buoy in Del Mar recorded a 52.25 degree reading and other stations posted near-record numbers.
The ocean temperature off Del Mar fell to 52.25 degrees this week, the lowest reading in San Diego County waters since UC San Diego began using a buoy system in the 1970s to monitor large areas of the U.S. coastline.
UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography said near-record low readings also were recorded this week at many other stations, including off Imperial Beach and Leucadia, where the temperature was 53.5 degrees on Wednesday, April 5.
“Our sea-surface temperature display shows cold temps everywhere in the (Southern California) Bight,” said James Behrens, who manages UCSD’s Coastal Data Information Program.
Scripps oceanographer Art Miller said in an online posting that the extremely low temperatures appear to be tied to the strong, anomalous surface winds that have been blowing over the ocean for the past week or so.
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