January 14, 2005
Lauren Vane On Wednesday morning, Laguna Beach residents finally awoke to sunny skies. As residents wring out the water, the city looks forward to what the National Weather Service predicts will be a dry week. Nearly six inches of rain fell in Laguna Beach during the brunt of the storm from Friday to Tuesday, said Gregg Barton of the city's water quality division. "That's a lot of water and I hope that's it," Barton said. City officials said that Laguna weathered the storm without any major problems.
October 22, 2004
Laguna Beach breezed through a strong storm this week with little damage and no injuries. "We are really lucky compared to some inland cities," fire department aid Carrie Joyce said. "The biggest problem we had was getting sandbags out to people." The storm dropped 1.45 inches of rain between Monday and 7 a.m. Thursday, measured at City Hall. "Public works received no reports of major damage except for a hole poked in a roof on Broadway by a eucalyptus branch," Public Works Director Steve May said.
October 21, 2010
A powerful, slow-moving storm system pounded Laguna Beach and the surrounding area with rain, thunder and lightning early in the week. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the city, and 1.6 inches of rain was reported at City Hall in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, according to news accounts. The lightning was most intense early Tuesday morning, but there were no problems reported to Laguna Beach Police as a result of the storm, according to Sgt. Louise Callus. The National Weather Service issued a warning of very strong currents, possibly severe rip currents and dangerous swimming conditions along the Orange County coast on Friday.
August 1, 2003
Barbara Diamond Mother Nature wrung out the skies Monday night and let it pour Wednesday morning. Rare July thunderstorms and then rain provided a welcome change from the seemingly endless leaden skies that have cast their pall over Laguna. The annual June gloom began in mid-May and was still with us as we headed into August. This year, the weather has even trumped tourists as the main complaint of summer. "I have lived here 20 years and I don't ever remember seeing it overcast all day," said Woods Cove resident Cathy Wyatt, who moved here from Virginia.
October 17, 2008
It seemed incomprehensible that Santa Ana winds whipped through the canyons and once again turned parched hillsides into conflagrations. I was sitting in the path of a Hurricane Norbert, and rain fell from the sky in buckets. Norbert had his origins off the southern coast of Mexico as a loosely formed tropical depression, and slowly grew as it ambled toward the coast of Baja at a leisurely 7 to 10 knots. To the great surprise of those who predict the course and strength of these storms, Norbert went from a Category 1 to a 4 on the Safir-Simpson scale.
February 25, 2005
CHERRIL DOTY "The world is mud-luscious ... puddle-wonderful." e.e. cummings The untamed sea let loose by the storm, even at low tide, crashed with a thunderous roar as I walked the shore this week. Wild, exhilarating wind whipped at my face. Muddy water sluiced over the cliffs and ran into the sea. Scurrying sandpiper feet stitched the smooth wet sand in quilt-like patterns even as the larger shorebirds sat patiently faced south into the wind, smoothing ruffled feathers.
May 30, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS The first tropical storm of the season is tracking at a rapid pace to the west, situated about 1,000 miles southwest of the tip of Baja, not affecting our weather or surf. Aleeda formed on May 21, about 1,100 miles south southeast of the tip of Baja and hurried due west (270 degrees). When they form that far down there, they usually do trek to the west, especially this early in the season. This storm marks the fourth consecutive year that a spinner was born in May, way early in the season.
December 30, 2010
Once again, Laguna Beach has been in the eye of a storm of nature. This time it was a massive, seven-day rainstorm that culminated with a huge downpour early Wednesday morning that sent waters flooding through Laguna Creek and tested the mettle of residents and swift-water rescue teams trying to help them to safety. The good news is that, despite some scary moments, no one was killed or badly injured, with the exception of three small animals — a rabbit and two chickens — stuck in the city animal shelter during the deluge.
April 18, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS Water and air temps in April have been markedly cooler than what we had the first third of January of 2003. Some serious upwelling has occurred over the past three to four weeks, pushing local ocean temps way down to the low 50s. This marks the fifth consecutive year it has happened. It's not uncommon, however, for ocean temps to be at their coldest in April instead of January. Heck, it was pushing 60 degrees New Year's Day, and here we sit at 53 to 56 in mid-April.
February 14, 2003
WEATHER TIDBITS Puerto Escondido Junior visited El Moro's Elevator Cove on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 11. The last time this happened was Feb. 3, 1998. The time before that was March 1, 1983. All three events are products of Senor El Nino. Here are the ingredients that have to gel to make it happen only once a decade on the average: A severe angle (165 degrees) south-southeast wind swell, groundswell combo at 6 to 8 foot plus at seven- to 10-second intervals, a 1.0 or lower tide and brisk easterly winds -- plus an abnormally full sandbar.