HURRICANE BLANCA HAS LEFT CABO SAN LUCAS
It’s time for Amigos Del Mar to get back to the scuba business – now that Hurricane Blanca has left Cabo San Lucas and headed north to California Alta – that is the U.S. portion of California, for all of you Gringos. out there. There are always hurricanes and tropical storms forming sown the coast of Central America at this time of year. They usually form into a storm and then develop into a hurricane and head for the Socorro Islands. They pass over the top of Socorro and then head left. As stated – this is the norm.
The water at depth is unseasonably warm in the Los Cabos area this year – even warmer than last year, which we thought could be a record. Since the hurricanes follow the track of warm water – as soon as they hit cold water, they veer off to follow the warm water track. Ergo Hawaii and parts west. But this year, the water temps are already in the high 70’s, so there is no cold water to direct the storms into the left turn. And to make it even more difficult – there is a track of cold water running a few hundred miles offshore from Alta California down through Baja California. So when the hurricanes tried to head west – they hit the bar of cold water and bounce back toward land.
But at least Los Cabos is just cold enough to keep the storms out at sea – rather than the direct hit like Hurricane Odile in September 2014.
The Los Cabos water is not going to get noticeably colder. So the best we Cabenos can hope for is that the cold water offshore the coasts of the three Californias just takes a hike – and lets the storms head out into the Pacific.