Web Cams & Conditions Info
Bay looking towards downtown.
Cam: Looking over fisherman's wharf.
Cruz and Monterey NOAA Marine Weather.
Weather Advisory: So you can check winds and waves.
Lobos Our favorite Monterey dive spot...
in Monterey Bay....
is a rough estimation of factors that lead to visibility:
||Vertical waves are converted to horizontal surge underwater,
which stirs up silt. The Wave Height determines the intensity of
the surge. We want waves that are not high!
||Supposedly, surge only penetrates to half the wavelength
of the swell, so we want a short wavelength and low wave height,
rather than long wave length and high height. We want short wave
||Waves don't go around corners very well, though they
can to a small degree. If you know the direction, you may be able
to predict what sites will be better off because they are sheltered
from that direction. Look to be "upwind" of the swells.
In other words if the wind is blowing directly ashore, that's a
bad thing. If it is blowing offshore, that's a good thing. We
want offshore wave direction!
||Look at how long its been calm to see if things have
had a chance to settle down. We want it to have been calm for
a long time!
||Ideally, the wind blows against the waves, helping
to dampen them. Usually, a wind towards the west does this, while
an easterly makes it worse. We want westerly winds!
||Sun brightens the water and makes viz seem better.
But it also stimulates plankton, which reduces viz. We want gray
days in summer, and sunny days in winter!
||Rain is generally hard on viz. If nothing else, it
washes more silt into the water. We want no rain!
||An incoming tide brings clear water inshore. Low tide
helps the kelp and rocks to provide shelter from swell. We want
a tide coming in!
|Depth and Shore Distance
||Go deeper and further from store and you will be further
from silt. We want to swim far from shore and dive deep!
|Time of Day
||10am to 2pm is optimal from a sun angle perspective
to light the water. We want to dive from 10am to 2pm!
|Time of Year
||Viz is better in winter--the water is colder and the
days are shorter, both of which discourage the plankton. We want
to dive in winter!
I have been to:
The Breakwater: Winds blowing North, waves east or west.
Mexican Restaurant, also called McAbee Beach: Winds blowing North,
waves east or west.
Lover's Cove: Winds blowing North, waves east or west.
Pebble Beach: Via Xanadu boat.
Copper Roof: Via Xanadu boat. Winds blowing west, waves north or south.
Whaler's Cove: Winds north, waves east or west.
Good luck and good viz on your next dive!