Sea and Weather Conditions – January 27, 2012

I know its been some time since you’ve heard from me, but in a nutshell there hasn’t been much fishing going on. Actually there’s has been some fishing but very little catching so its been pretty difficult to feel inspired enough to report that.

As for the Current Weather for Loreto, its been windy but this is characteristic of winter…
For an excellent source on the most currently published daily weather conditions from an amateur HAM radio user in our area, I highly recommend this website: Sonrisa Net

A Natural Indicator of North Winds:

Put on your polarized sunglasses and step outside. Look at Coronado Island and look at Carmen Island. If you see a distinct band above the horizon that is dust particles being blown off the peninsula further North of us. Depending on how thick the band is and how distinct it is will indicate how far off shore and how intense the winds are. Another indicator is cold, still night air the night before a good blow from the North.

When the horizon shows a distinct band of color above the water's surface, expect wind.

The wind line can indicate how strong and how close the winds are to Loreto.

Surface Conditions:
We’re right smack in the middle of the winter cycle when our weather is influenced mostly from the North. Cold air and wind are characteristic of winter conditions. This year we’ve had more wind than in the past three winter seasons but we were bound to get it sooner or later.

Isla Carmen, Punta Tintorerra. Lots of wind inside the channel.

Sea Surface Temperature Discussion:
(based on the Terrafin Sea Surface Satellite image of the Loreto Area taken at 02:04 a.m. on January 27, 2012 with 5 stars on a scale of 1-5). We prefer to use very early morning readings with image quality above 3 stars as reference.

Inshore SST’s: 58 – 65 F (14 – 18 C)
BRRRRRR the surface is really cool according to this image. Shorelines are 62 F at best. Further South the shorelines are reaching 65 F, but that’s cool.

Offshore SST’s: 58 – 65 F (14 – 18 C)
Brrrrr the high on that scale is only 66 F. Its winter!

We highly recommend the Terrafin SST View Custom Sea Surface Temperature Charts. The savings in fuel consumption and time will pay for itself very early into your fishing the season.

When the winds are blowing through it will feel cold throughout the day and gusts may pick up dust. But when the winds calm down the weather is pleasant and warms up nicely. On still days the highs can get into the 80’s F (26-28 C) frequently, but it cools down at night.

For real time weather reports go to Real Time Weather

For the forecast on Weather Underground’s page for Loreto, click here.

Storm clouds ahead of a cold front that produced light rain in December

A nice place to hike when its windy is Las Parras Cañon.