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Warm, Sunny California?  Depends where you are! — an article on the Smart Living Network
September 8, 2011 at 9:48 AMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Warm, Sunny California? Depends where you are!


Living in Michigan I am fascinated by the weather because it is so unpredictable.  But I’ve always thought of California as this hot, sunny vacation wonderland by the ocean.   But I ran across some interesting facts I’d like to share.

Can you imagine a place where the warmest temperature of the year has been only 70 and that was on January 26th?  What if I told you that was a city on the ocean in California.  That’s right, Crescent City in northern California.  

There is this thing called a Pacific Decadal Oscillation (a long-lived El Niño-like pattern of Pacific climate variability) that has impacted the California coast significantly this year.

The Los Angeles Airport is right at the ocean but the ocean wind has made it a cool place this summer.  The warmest temperature at the airport this year has been 82 and it is the only time the temp has reached 80 this year.  The highest temperature in June was 74 and the highest in July was 78. 

The San Diego Airport has also failed to reach 90 so far this year.  The warmest temperature there this summer has been 83.  The warmest temperature there in June was 75.  They had six days in January that were warmer than any day in June.  

In San Francisco the warmest reading in August was 75.  They have reached 80 twice this summer. 

Of course as you move away from the ocean it gets much warmer.  The hottest spot in the Western Hemisphere is Death Valley, California.   Their hottest day of the summer was 124 and a low of 95.

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  • Thanks for posting this, Beryl. I never had heard of Pacific Decadal Oscillation before. It's interesting to know that in one area of California it could be 70 while in another it could be 124!

  • Must be all about the ocean, my son lives in Seattle and the weather there compared to Michigan also not so good. I would rather live in Michigan. For as much rain as Seattle gets it's just rain, when my son came to town two years ago he was so excited to actually see and hear thunder and lightening. They do not get the storms we do - he was loving it and proud to show his boy, yes they actually stood outside in the rain to watch the storm. Crazy kids!

  • A few more fun facts about California weather. Boca California's lowest recorded temp was -45. Just 385 miles to the south east in Death Valley their lowest recorded temp was 134 (which is 2 degrees from the world record!). that is a temp range of 179 degrees. Also, Death Valley is -282 ft below sea level and just 83 miles to the north is Mt Whitney which is 14,505 ft. Highest and lowest points in the 48 contiguous states. Today Boca is 76 and Death Valley is 107.

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