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Trip: The Pineapple Express

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Friday February 1 2008 01:37:39 AM

Date: from Feb 1, 2008 to Feb 1, 2008

Surf trip description:

First waves in week! Small but super clean and CHILLY. Northside Seal Pier, yesterday and this mornng, waist to chest with the occasional shoulder high peaks on the sets. Clear blue sky with light offshore Santa Ana's. MDJ (Mitchell) got a sick "Harvey Wallbanger" off the breakwall push, tucked under the lip, then a cheater five across the wall, all the way down the line. I got the next set wave, tookoff outside in the bowl, drove down and out off the bottom, a couple of speed pumps through the suckup and blasted out onto the green shoulder!   

PierNorthside Seal PierSnow Summit

Pouring rain for 7 straight days ... a record for sunny Southern California. The Pinapple Express sucking moisture from the Hawaiian Islands north to the Gulf of Alaska then sending it spinning down the entire West Coast.  Four feet of fresh powder over a two foot base in the local mountains ... snow level down to 3,000 feet with snow covered cactus in the high desert after last years record drought!

"California Highway Patrol officials said about 40 miles of the Interstate 5 Freeway north of Los Angeles was closed in both directions from the Grapevine off-ramp to the Parker Road exit out trapping 1,000 vehicles at one point. CHP officers began escorting cars and trucks through the mountain pass, officials said. This week's fierce winter storms have stranded commuters and truckers in the Grapevine area. The area is subject to frequent closures because of high winds and bad weather. About 70,000 motorists travel through the serpentine Grapevine each day, and closure of the state's major north-south artery cause major traffic headaches." 

"The Pineapple Express is a meteorological phenomenon which is characterized by a strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture and associated heavy rainfall from the waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands and extending to any location along the Pacific coast of North America. The Pineapple Express is driven by a strong, southern branch of the Polar jetstream and is usually marked by the presence of a surface frontal boundary which is typically either slow or stationary, with waves of low pressure traveling along its axis. Each of these low pressure systems brings enhanced rainfall.

How the Madden-Julian oscillation can induce a Pineapple Express.
How the Madden-Julian oscillation can induce a Pineapple Express.

The conditions are often created by the Madden-Julian oscillation, an equatorial rainfall pattern which feeds its moisture into this pattern. They are also present during an El Niño episode.

The combination of moisture-laden air, atmospheric dynamics, and orographic enhancement resulting from the passage of this air over the mountain ranges of the West Coast causes some of the most torrential rains to occur in the region. Many Pineapple Express events follow or occur simultaneously with major arctic troughs in the Northwestern United States, often leading to major snowmelt flooding with warm, tropical rains falling on frozen, snow laden ground. Examples of this are the December 1964 Pacific Northwest flood and the Willamette Valley Flood of 1996.

A Pineapple Express battered Southern California from January 7 through January 11, 2005. This storm was the biggest to hit Southern California since the El Niño of 1998.[1] The storm caused mud slides and flooding, with one desert location just north of Morongo Valley receiving about 9 inches of rain, and some locations on south and southwest-facing mountain slopes receiving spectacular totals: San Marcos Pass, in Santa Barbara County, received 24.57 inches (624 mm), and Opid's Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles County was deluged with 31.61 inches (803 mm) of rain in the five day period.

The unusually intense rain storms that hit south-central Alaska in August of 2006 were termed "Pineapple Express" rains locally.

November 2006 flood, Granite Falls on the Stillaguamish River
November 2006 flood, Granite Falls on the Stillaguamish River

The Puget Sound region from Olympia, Washington to Vancouver, BC received several inches of rain per day in November 2006 from a series of successive Pineapple Express storms that caused massive flooding in all major regional rivers and mudslides which closed the mountain passes. These storms included heavy winds which are not usually associated with the phenomenon. Regional dams opened their spillways to 100% as they had reached full capacity due to rain and snowmelt. Officials referred to the storm system as "the worst in a decade" on November 8, 2006. Portions of Oregon were also affected, including over 14 inches (350 mm) in one day at Lee's Camp in the Coast Range, while the normally arid and sheltered Interior of British Columbia received heavy coastal-style rains.

In November 2006, the satellite image shows clouds extending from near Hawaii to Washington
In November 2006, the satellite image shows clouds extending from near Hawaii to Washington

In British Columbia especially, Pineapple Express systems typically generate heavy snowfall in the mountains and Interior Plateau, which often melts rapidly because of the warming effect of the system. After being drained of their moisture, the tropical air masses reach the Canadian Prairies as a Chinook wind or simply "a Chinook", a term which is also synonymous on the Coast with the Pineapple Express.

The San Francisco Bay Area is another locale along the Pacific Coast which is occasionally affected by a Pineapple Express. When it visits, the heavy, persistent rainfall typically causes flooding of local streams as well as urban flooding. In the decades before about 1980, the local term for a Pineapple Express was "Hawaiian Storm". [2] During the second week of January, 1952, a series of "Hawaiian" storms swept into Central California, causing widespread flooding around the Bay Area. The same storms brought a blizzard of heavy, wet snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, notoriously stranding the streamliner City of San Francisco on January 13. The greatest flooding in Northern California since the 1800s occurred in 1955 as a result of a series of Hawaiian storms, with the greatest damage in the Sacramento Valley around Yuba City."

Modified: Saturday November 8 2008 04:04:41 AM
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Session: Storm Surf

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Friday January 22 2010 12:08:00 AM

Surf spot: Ray Bay, United States of America

Surf Trip: The Pineapple Express ( 01 February 2008 - 01 February 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Strong

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 1.5 min

Surfboard ridden: Fish

Fins: 2

Weather and water temp: 52F/52F

Waves Quality:
- Ledgey
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

8 AM after the big blow yesterday drove down to 54th Place on the Peninsular at Belmont Shore, Long Beach (inside the break wall and the back side of Seal Beach River Jetty). Cold offshore breeze with stormy chest to head high peaks breaking close to the shore in milky grey water.  

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54th Place LB 2010                Nice peak                         54th Place LB 2005

The Professor came down to check it out but as he was still feeling a little "under the weather" gave it a pass. Suited up and paddled out, only a handful of guys out. Stiff shore break with a bite and a rip channel to get through. First wave was big set wave that broke like a mini pipe and got totally pounded.

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54th Place LB 1997               54th Place LB 1997
 
Added to the fact that both the air and water temps were in the very low 50F's I
noticed that somehow tiny sharp pieces of gravel from the bottom had gotten into my booties and were trapped under my toes, so every time I popped up they felt like broken glass on my poor numb tootsies!
 
Only caught one decent set wave, took off got covered up then came off the lip into the washing machine, a boogie boarder got totally barreled on a late drop in.  As the tide came in, the wind shifted to side shore and the swell also dropped so it was only a very small window.

Here is a utube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BonUb3FAzbU

 

 

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Created: Friday January 22 2010 12:24:41 AM

Modified: Friday January 22 2010 11:08:40 PM

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Session: Malathion Man

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Friday December 4 2009 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Ray Bay, United States of America

Surf Trip: The Pineapple Express ( 01 February 2008 - 01 February 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: Several

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'0" Quad

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 65F/62F

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Soft
- Fun

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Ray Bay was small but clean this morning, pix coming, in the meantime enjoy:

Is it Safe?
 
Now you have all heard of Marathon Man how about Malathion Man?
 

 
A friend of mine (who's name shall remain anonymous) after having survived
his ex-wife slipping arsenic or something into the sugar, may have poisoned himself.
 
The said friend noticed some nasty bugs on his prized herbage, thought to spray them with Malathion, which did kill the bugs, however after smoking the  leaves he now complains of diarrhea and stomach pains ... is it safe?  
 
I remember the Paraquat Pot scare back in the day ... we actually sold it!
 
"During the late 1970s, a controversial program sponsored by the US Government sprayed Paraquat N,N′-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium dichloride on Marijuana fields in Mexico. (Since much of this marijuana was subsequently smoked by Americans, the US government's "Paraquat Pot" program stirred much debate and was eventually banned.)
 
According to the Center for Disease Control, ingesting paraquat causes symptoms such as liver, lung, heart, and kidney failure within several days to several weeks that can lead to death up to 30 days after ingestion. Those who suffer large exposures are unlikely to survive. Chronic exposure can lead to lung damage, kidney failure, heart failure, and oesophageal strictures. Accidental deaths and suicides from paraquat ingestion are relatively common. For example, there have been 18 deaths in Australia from paraquat poisoning since 2000."
 
"Malathion is an organophosphate parasympathomimetic which binds irreversibly to cholinesterase. In the former USSR it was known as Carbophos, in New Zealand and Australia as Maldison and in South Africa as Mercaptothion.
 
Malathion was used in the 1980s in California to combat the Mediterranean Fruit Fly at the time there were reports of paint damage to automobiles in the sprayed areas. Malathion was also sprayed to combat West Nile virus. In the Fall of 1999 Long Island was sprayed with several pesticides, one of which was malathion. It was claimed that use of these pesticides caused a lobster die-off in Long Island Sound, however there is as of yet no conclusive evidence to support this. Malathion is also used in industrial solvents and cleaning compounds. 

Malathion in low doses (0.5% preparations) is used as a treatment for head lice, body lice, and scabies. It is claimed to effectively kill both the eggs and the adult lice.
 
Malathion itself is of relatively low toxicity; however, absorption or ingestion into the human body readily results in its metabolism to malaoxon, which is substantially more toxic. Chronic exposure to low levels of malathion have been hypothesized to impair memory. Acute exposure to high levels of malathion will cause body-wide symptoms whose intensity will be dependent on the severity of exposure. Possible symptoms include skin and eye irritation, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, seizures and even death. Most symptoms tend to resolve within several weeks."

 

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Created: Friday December 4 2009 05:45:06 PM

Modified: Friday December 4 2009 05:45:06 PM

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Session: Montezuma's Revenge

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Saturday October 17 2009 07:00:00 AM

Surf spot: Ray Bay, United States of America

Surf Trip: The Pineapple Express ( 01 February 2008 - 01 February 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 3 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'0

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 72F/62F

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

First rain of the year in SOCAL from a big low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska, sliding down the coast bringing some overhead plus swells. Water in the river was a dirty black and full of trash getting washed down from the storm water drains. Of course I had to swallow some after getting pounded on the inside sand bar, hope I don't have to pay for it with Montezuma's Revenge!

KevinFoggy morning at Seal PierRayBay 

SnapThe River

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Created: Saturday October 17 2009 03:37:03 AM

Modified: Tuesday October 20 2009 06:44:51 AM

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Session: Indian Summer

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Saturday November 8 2008 03:17:57 AM

Surf spot: Ray Bay, United States of America

Surf Trip: The Pineapple Express ( 01 February 2008 - 01 February 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: lots

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'2

Fins: 2+1

Weather and water temp: 85F/65F

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

Indian summer is a name given to a period of warm dry sunny weather in autumn or winter. Usually occurring after the first frost. Indian summer can be as early as September or as late as January in the northern hemisphere. It can persist for a few days or extend to a week or so.

The term is also used metaphorically to refer to a late blooming of something, often unexpectedly, or after it has lost relevance. This is comparable to the use of the term renaissance in the sense of "revival" but it carries the added connotation that the revival is temporary. It may also be so named because this was the traditional period during which the early Native Americans harvested their crops of squash and corn.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOKAQSGCm8Q

It is usually associated with the Santa Ana winds (also known as Santana winds) which are strong, extremely dry offshore winds that characteristically sweep through the canyons and passes of the Sierra Nevada mountains into Southern California and northern Baja California in late fall into winter. They can range from hot to cold, depending on the prevailing temperatures in the source regions, the Great Basin and upper Mojave Desert. However, the winds are remembered most for the hot dry weather they bring in the fall and winter often fanning huge wildfires.

SantaAna

Today was one of those champagne days of Indian Summer. Perfect conditions, warm dry light offshore's ... 85F air and 65F water! Surf was small, only knee to waist but super clean with some fast little snappers across the sandbar at low tide!

DVD2

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Created: Saturday November 8 2008 03:55:31 AM

Modified: Saturday November 8 2008 04:04:41 AM

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