Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Big Chill

It's interesting to be reminded during our visit to Southern California the extent to which people who live in places with perfect weather complain and downright whine if it's anything less that that. A few clouds in the sky can set off a veritable barrage of whinging, so imagine the topic of conversation when they're actually in the middle of a record cold spell, i.e. this piece in the L.A. Times, plaintively titled What Summer?

Unusually cold temperatures in Southern California continued, with Los Angeles International Airport setting a record low on Friday.

LAX got to only 67 degrees, breaking a record set in 1926, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to stay fairly cool Saturday, with highs around 70 on the coast and in the 80s inland. Conditions will be a bit warmer on Sunday, according to the weather service.

July has turned out to be cooler than normal.

Instead of daytime highs approaching the mid-80s, downtown L.A. has experienced temperatures in the mid- to high 70s. From June 1 to July 5, daytime and nighttime temperatures have averaged a relatively cool 69.8 degrees.

That makes that stretch one of the cooler ones for that time of the year in the last 10 years, just slightly warmer than the same period in 2004 (69.4 degrees) and 2002 (68.9 degrees). The cooler ocean air early in the day has a moderating effect on daily temperature conditions. And low-lying clouds have been tempering the sun's heat.

In the meantime, we're enjoying the relief from our recent Northwest heat wave. It's all a matter of perspective.

1 comment:

Dennis Warner said...

We've had four or five days of a heat wave here and we're looking forward to much lower temperatures that are predicted for tomorrow. After a cool and wet spring we get only a few days of hot weather and we still complain just like the folks down there do about the relatively cool weather. Anyway, I'm glad you're having a great time there at the happiest place on earth.