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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

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    It's supposed to be near 80 degrees in Monterey Friday. That should turn it into split pea soup. What would you estimate the vis on the non soup scale?
     
  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    About two meters -- tops, at noon -- worse earlier in the morning; water was brownish closer to shore; and I couldn't see my black fins in the shallows, while donning them . . .
     
  3. UWPhotoKeith

    UWPhotoKeith Rebreather Pilot

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    Wednesday 8/12/2020 at Point Lobos - vis in the cove was a very brown and less than 5 feet. Deeper we went the better the vis. At Betos Reef (90-120 foot depth) vis opened up to 40 foot making for a nice dive. Seems the shallows are suffering from bad brown plankton filled vis. You could see it in the breaking waves coming into Monterey. A week ago was the same shallow but even better deeper. May have something to do with the tides as the new moon is next week and there is less water movement. Very little surge and wind today.
     
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  4. uspap

    uspap Solo Diver

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    Two dives today at Breakwater along the wall. First dive was pretty much less than 10ft vis and green. By the end of the dive it got a little better than 10ft. I thought maybe the next dive will turn good as fast as it turned bad last week. It did. 30 ft vis after you got below 30ft depth. Went out to near the end of the Breakwater and then made our way back. Not as much sea lion activity but vis was great. The only problem now is I can't go by dive reports because conditions turn so quickly. Both dives were a blast. Poor vis makes me slow down and focus on macro. A bunch of different Nudibranchs today. Great weather topside too. Coming back to San Jose felt like opening an oven door.
     
  5. UWPhotoKeith

    UWPhotoKeith Rebreather Pilot

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    Today was not as good as yesterday at Point Lobos. Though inside the cove was marginally better but you needed to get deeper than 30 feet for it to open up to a hazy 20 feet of vis. Still brown shallow. Deep deep like 100+ was 40 foot but dark.
     
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  6. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Such a shame since it's looking so calm this weekend. Thanks for the report.
     
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  7. stilldivin

    stilldivin Barracuda

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    8-14-20

    We arrived to what was going to be the hottest day of the year. 80’s in Monterey, 100 in San Jose. The beach was empty at 8:30 AM but full later with little social distancing or masks. They were so packed we nearly had to step on people to get out. Like so much of the ocean here, Lover’s was urchin barren. Most all the lush, heavy kelp was gone, and mostly rocks and sand remained. If the urchins are not destroyed soon, it will be like diving in a dead lake. Still, we did find a small patch of kelp. We did see some sea stars, one puffball sponge, cup coral, barnacles, rockfish, kelp greenling, and other life struggling to survive. There was a lot of plant and animal life in the shallows, making snorkeling more interesting. Water temp. was 57 degrees, vis at depth a mostly green 10-15 feet.
     
  8. Eyegore

    Eyegore ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Beautiful in Monterey, yesterday. Sunny, warm, calm sea-state. For what more could one ask? Good vis! We bailed on diving town and dove Monastery just before noon; vis very good (50'+) and the waves were maybe 2'. Easy entry/exit and one helluva fun dive!
     
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  9. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Monastery was in the 6-8 meter range of visibility, this morning; so too Monterey, shortly before noon. Miraculously enough, the water temperature is down a good 5-7 degrees than this time last week -- though, still with a tepid soup-like lens of warm water floating at the surface.

    12˚C at depth is promising for an end to the plankton bloom.

    May take a camera out tomorrow . . .
     
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  10. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Monterey and Carmel was, once again, in the 6-8 meter range of visibility; though was still a pronounced brown-green closer to shore. Canada geese were out and about on both sides of the peninsula; could even hear their bleating for a distance underwater.

    Water was 10-11˚C, which was encouraging, to rid us of the plankton bloom . . .
     
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