A Thermometer Measures the Highest Water Temperature Recorded in the State

California is in hot water … literally.

According to a story that ran in SF Gate, things are heating up in California’s oceans. Two buoys off the San Diego coast, one in Torrey Pines and the other in neighboring Scripps Nearshore logged in a record 81.3 degrees back in mid-August.

“We’ve been measuring water temperature with our wave buoys since the 1990s, and this is the warmest we’ve seen in those two-plus decades,” says James Behrens, the principal engineer for Scripps Coastal Data Information Program, who helps check the buoys for quality control.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, calls the reading “extraordinary,” and Miguel Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in San Diego called it “remarkable.”

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