When you walked out the door this past weekend, early in the morning, everything seemed to be a motivator to go back and climb into bed. It was dark, rainy and cold. Three things that make Phoenix feel more like Alaska than Arizona. However, there were several groups of divers that threw their Scuba gear into the back of the trucks and trunks in their car and braved the adverse weather conditions and headed to Lake Pleasant for a dive or two. The mantra, “it doesn’t rain underwater”.
Lake Pleasant is currently 62% full and continuing to move to the 100% mark. The current water temperature at the surface is 51 degrees farenheit. Visibility ranges at the surface from 20 to 30 feet. Visibility at depth appears to be better, however ambient light is reduced. Currently, there is ambient light down to 100 feet (although visibility reduces below a thermocline at 80 feet).
As many people state, this is the beginning of Arizona’s local dive season. While the water temperature is a bit colder than most would like, it is easily overshadowed by the great conditions and visibility.