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By Mike Whitehead | August 23, 2012
Ahoy! My column last week generated a number of emails regarding my French translation of "topic of the week," being either "topic de la semaine" or "topic du semaine. " I find it very interesting that even those who said that they are fluent in French contradicted each other. I will inquire more the next time I am in France, usually in a marina, and please let it be Cannes. Speaking of traveling, recently while delivering a yacht to Ventura Harbor, my crew member and I had a very rough ride out in the Pacific Ocean.
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By Mike Whitehead | February 28, 2014
Ahoy! Our first storm of the year has arrived, and the TV weather reporters finally have something to report. What do the weather reporters do the other times of the year? I am sure their adenine levels must be high as they wait for the problems likely to be caused by the rainstorm. You can image the usual camera shots. The reporter, wearing a yellow rain suit, will be standing in the rain or positioned next to a gutter flowing with water. We do have a slow-moving low-pressure system moving inland from the Pacific Ocean this weekend, and the rain will vary from light precipitation to possible thunderstorms.
FEATURES
January 22, 2006
Were we the only ones last week wondering where we'd just woken up? OK, that sounds bad, but bear with us. A look at the thermometer Sunday and Monday had us cockeyed and squinting in astonishment. Did it really say the temperature was in the 30s? Maybe we were reading it wrong. A quick bit of math, and we figured it couldn't be in Celsius. No way it was nearing 100 degrees out. (Note to younger readers: You will use some of that high school learning later in life, just as your teachers say.)
NEWS
December 29, 2002
Looking to avoid all those highly charged topics at year-end parties? Put punch in your small talk with fascinating facts about the weather, gleaned from works on Newport Beach Public Library shelves. If you're wondering about complexities of a warming world, search for clues in J. Madeleine Nash's "El Nino." Describing the Pacific-born weather system as a phenomenon that "turns dry places wet, wet places dry, cold places warm and warm places cold," the former Time magazine science correspondent outlines El Nino's influence around the globe.
NEWS
December 18, 2007
“It’s kind of fun because you get to track down weather and know what’s going to happen.” Jordon Colon 9, Costa Mesa     “I like to look at and track down storm cells and see where they’re moving to.” Darby Lester 8, Costa Mesa     “I like tracking the weather because we’re the only ones [at school] that can do it.” Esmerelda Martinez 8, Costa Mesa     “It’s really fun getting to track down weather because I’m in charge of it.” Tommy Okey 9, Costa Mesa
FEATURES
June 4, 2006
George Lance has the perfect seat as he paints the Back Bay for art class as a canoeist from Newport Aquatic Center paddles by. It's the perfect example of a weather photograph that many staff photographers are sent out to capture. If the weather is unusual compared to recent days, editors might decide to do a story on the weather or ask for a weather shot. This past week, the weather in Southern California has been sunny and warm ? perfect days for outdoor activities. Staff photographer Don Leach, the seasoned veteran that he is, knew to wander around and look for a photograph that depicted the nice day. On a trip to the Back Bay, Don was fortunate to find a painting class taking place, as well as a canoeist paddling by in the background.
NEWS
August 6, 2001
Ahoy. Since I have been mentioning my distant voyages, I am receiving considerable amount of requests for more details about these trips. I will keep giving you bits of information, trying not to take away from the main focus of this column, which is about Newport Harbor and information for boaters. But I will tell you that on the recent Canadian trip I saw, up close, orca, bald eagles and a black bear, which are not normally seen in our harbor.
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By Joseph Serna | March 17, 2008
Newport Beach lifeguards increased their patrols Monday because of high surf and strong winds, factors that played a role in a teenager’s drowning over the weekend and two dramatic rescues last week, lifeguards said. “We judge on a day-to-day basis,” Battalion Chief Rob Williams said. “It all depends on the weather and surf. The weather attracts the crowds.” Lifeguards are not manning the towers yet, instead relying on the four or five who patrol the beach in trucks.
NEWS
March 2, 2002
Richard Dunn Weather can play a huge factor in an outdoor event, especially a professional golf tournament in the winter. "Actually, the best weather we've had since we've been running this tournament was the year of El Nino (1998)," said Jeff Purser, tournament director of the Senior PGA Tour's Toshiba Senior Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. That year was the tournament's first under the management of Hoag Hospital, which hired Purser away from the Midwest.
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By Emily Foxhall | May 2, 2014
Boaters in Newport Beach don't drag their vessels out of the water for the winter. After all, chunks of ice would be hard to find floating in the harbor. No matter. Like their counterparts in less-hospitable climates, where yacht clubs shut down as snowy days loom, Southern Californians want to celebrate the tradition of opening day too. One by one, local yacht clubs are kicking off the season with traditional pomp. "It becomes more or less their hour of shine to start the season," said Morrie Willkie, commodore of the Southern California Yachting Assn.
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By Mike Whitehead | April 25, 2014
Ahoy! I receive numerous emails every day from people seeking nautical information, and not everyone is a boater. They want to know what a boat is worth, get navigational tips for a voyage and learn the long-range weather forecast because they will be attending a wedding in six months. I try to answer my emails, but some are left on the cutting room floor because either I simply do not know why your 1970 OMC outboard engine will not start or I am traveling to distance ports. However, the Internet is a great tool for finding answers.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | February 28, 2014
Ahoy! Our first storm of the year has arrived, and the TV weather reporters finally have something to report. What do the weather reporters do the other times of the year? I am sure their adenine levels must be high as they wait for the problems likely to be caused by the rainstorm. You can image the usual camera shots. The reporter, wearing a yellow rain suit, will be standing in the rain or positioned next to a gutter flowing with water. We do have a slow-moving low-pressure system moving inland from the Pacific Ocean this weekend, and the rain will vary from light precipitation to possible thunderstorms.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 28, 2014
As a much-needed storm dumped rain over Southern California Friday, officials throughout the Newport-Mesa area said - for the most part - disaster was averted. "We're doing all our normal stuff, and so far, luckily, it's been uneventful," said Sgt. Mike Scalise of the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol, which watches over Newport Harbor, Dana Point Harbor and Huntington Harbour. "It's sort of our first storm in quite a few years. " Late Friday afternoon he said the storm hadn't caused any major problems at Orange County's harbors.
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By Bradley Zint | November 29, 2013
On Friday, the third night of Hanukkah, the grass was wet, but at least it wasn't raining anymore. And that was a good thing for Temple Bat Yahm, which held its menorah-lighting ceremony outside on its grassy lawn in Newport Beach for all to see. "It just cleared up in time," said senior Rabbi Gersh Zylberman with a smile. "It was touch and go this morning, but we had faith that everything would be OK. " Zylberman and Cantor Jonathan Grant led the ceremony from a ladder so they could light the candles atop the giant menorah.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | August 13, 2013
Orange County Fairgrounds officials announced Monday that this summer's fair closed with its second-highest attendance ever. The annual fair, whose slogan this year was "Come & Get It," saw 1,374,633 attendees — about 17,000 more than last year though not enough to break the all-time record set in 2011 of nearly 1.4 million. The fair, held on 150 acres in Costa Mesa, ran for 23 days between July 12 and Sunday. Interim fairgrounds Chief Executive Doug Lofstrom said the results show a continuing growth pattern for the fair and added that success can't be attributed to "just any one thing.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 2, 2013
COSTA MESA - There are two parts to Wilson Elementary Coach Eddie Ceja's game plan. The first: Get the lead. The second: Defend said lead. One proved easier than the other in the Daily Pilot Cup youth soccer tournament's boys' fifth- and sixth-grade gold division final Sunday at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. But Ceja's Wildcats managed to achieve both, defeating Newport Heights, 2-1, to claim the school's first title in this division. The win avenged a 3-2 loss to Newport Heights in Tuesday's pool-play opener and capped a wild two-game day for the Wildcats, who won their semifinal, 6-4, earlier Sunday against Harbor Day. Wilson came out blasting in the final as Rafael Espinoza, Miguel Peña and Rafael Leyva consistently worked their way past, around and through the Newport Heights defense to help produce an 11-1 shot advantage through the first 25-minute half.
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By Mike Whitehead | February 27, 2013
Ahoy! Southern California normally has very consistent weather that bores the local meteorologists with reports of sunny and warm. However, this time of year, the weather and sea conditions can change radically from the norm, and boaters can be caught off guard. Last week, in the wee hours of the morning, I was driving over the Grapevine on Interstate 5 heading north to San Francisco when a snowstorm hit the area. Luckily, I made it over the summit with 20 minutes to spare before CHP closed the Interstate due to slippery conditions.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | February 15, 2013
First, let me thank my friends who now live in Florida and called me after the recent snowpocalypse in the Northeast to ask about my welfare — and to tell me that, by the way, it was 80 and sunny there. Probably because I did not lose power during the storm, I'm in a more generous and reflective mood than I was when I wrote to you, dear readers, after Hurricane Sandy. Nonetheless, I think of winter snow as a spiritual invitation. Snow reminds us to look deeper into the truth of things.
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By John Canalis | October 15, 2012
Crossword and Sudoku The Daily Pilot has moved its crossword and Sudoku puzzles from the classified advertising section of the newspaper to the news pages. Today's puzzles are printed alongside editorial content on Page A4, which is typically used for Forum, OC Now and Portfolio. We will continue to run same-day answers on pages separate from the puzzles. The Daily Pilot has also changed its puzzle provider from United Features Syndicate to Tribune Media Services, so players may notice some differences.
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