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JULY 2001 Wx REVIEW

A cool, boring July, notable mostly for it's predictability. Pleasant and warm for the early part of the month (including the 4th), continuing June's generally warm pattern. After the 9th, F&LCN&M thereafter. SST's remained slightly below normal and very constant, holding 54-58F all the way down to Pt. Concepcion. Many of our fogs were drizzle laden, typical of the cold SST's. The drizzle was heavy enough to tip the bucket on 6 different mornings, twice dumping 0.02". Cool GOA lows continued to drop down the coast just offshore, throwing wet air onto the coast from the SW. Brisk south winds hit on the 20th from an unusual surface low moving northeast from off SoCal, which lasted 3 days. Some decent T'storms in the deserts/mountains and rain up on the north coast. The local seas were running close to 10' with a NASTY SSW surface chop of 5'+ overriding a near constant WNW swell. The resulting surf actually modified the typical summertime breaker line as nearshore-troughs were filled and outer bars built up. As a result, a very promising Bass season that lasted all of 5 weeks this year, came to screeching halt. Scattered reports of fluries was all that's left. Speaking of Stripers, they were found in huge numbers this year off the Marin coastline. At times in early July, numerous huge schools of bass were seen simultaneously busting (a rare sight) from Philpino Hole down to Muscel Rock. Joel and I hit a huge run for two hours on the 6th just north of Muscel, fishing until dark, and managed to land 12 fish between us. This year, fish never pushed past Rockaway Beach, as Linda Mar and Half Moon Bay were much below normal to non-existant. Another observation was the early huge schools of anchovy that pushed north-south over the course of two weeks. The bass pattern (for those fish who turned left, anyway) was similar and about 1 week behind. What all this fish talk means is the offshore Japan current was probably hugging the coast this year, which also explains our chillier than normal air. Bass fishermen know these things by the way the lures get swept either north or south (or nothing) during the retrieve. Heavy N-S drift early in the month, turning nearly straight in (West) for the last part. Early Tuna reports at the end of July had tuna just 12 miles outside HMB, with an abrubt SST change to 61F.

Note: Raw data unavailable from 07-07 through the end of the month.

                   MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY for JUL. 2001

NAME: HOME CITY: Pacifica  STATE: Ca  ELEV: 540'  LAT: 37.36'N  LONG: 122.27'W 


                   TEMPERATURE (°F), RAIN  (in), WIND SPEED (mph)


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    MEAN                              DEG   DEG         WIND                 DOM
DAY TEMP  HIGH   TIME   LOW    TIME   DAYS  DAYS  RAIN  SPEED HIGH   TIME    DIR
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 1  60.4  69.2   2:00p  52.9   1:00a   4.0   0.0  0.00   2.6  11.0   6:00p     S
 2  62.1  73.6   3:30p  50.8   5:00a   2.8   0.0  0.00   1.6   9.0  12:30p   SSW
 3  65.2  78.8   2:00p  54.2   4:00a   0.0   1.5  0.00   1.7  10.0  12:30p   SSW
 4  61.6  71.9   2:30p  55.4   3:30a   1.3   0.0  0.00   1.7  10.0  12:30p   SSW
 5  59.4  69.6   1:30p  53.5  12:00m   3.5   0.0  0.00   2.2  14.0   7:30p     N
 6  58.8  66.9   1:30p  51.4   3:30a   5.8   0.0  0.00   2.1  12.0   3:00p   NNE
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    61.3  78.8     3    50.8     2    17.4   1.5  0.00   0.4  14.0     5     SSW


Max >= 90.0:  0
Max <= 32.0:  0
Min <= 32.0:  0
Min <=  0.0:  0
Max Rain: 0.00 ON  7/01/01
Days of Rain: 0 (>.01 in) 0 (>.1 in) 0 (>1 in)
Heat Base:  65.0  Cool Base:  65.0  Method: (High + Low) / 2