I posted this on Facebook Thursday afternoon:
On the patio. We went to 101 today, but with 4% humidity. Down to 81, but very comfy w/little breeze and low humidity. A/C now off.
The comments started flooding back. There’d be more, but some people are bothered by all the notifications you get when you comment on my wall. I hate that too¹.
One Facebook friend said:
Something fun and funny about your casual weather posts.
I talk about the weather so much because of how shockingly different it is. It’s much better than I hoped for–and I knew the numbers. Granted, this was an exceptional winter.
Most easterners think of a warm climate and think Florida. It has a humidity based economy! The Los Angeles/OC/San Diego corridor is dry. Our dew point hits 60 a few times a year and then briefly.
A typical winter has no cold, no snow and little gloom. Nearly all our rain falls in winter. Rainy days in SoCal cause the same tumult as Connecticut snow days.
Low humidity and relentless sunshine are our two most obvious pluses. Top-10 Chamber of Commerce days back in New England are every days here! Sky blue. Birds chirping.
My concept of temperature has to be re-calibrated. 100° feels more like 85°.
We moved for the weather (and there’s that little thing of proximity to the child). We got what we wanted and then some.
¹ – If you comment on my blog you won’t get notifications unless you ask for them.
10 thoughts on “I Sure Talk About The Weather A Lot”
Just wait until it really gets hot in CA. I remember years ago, it reached 118 degrees and I didn’t have an air conditioner. It isn’t uncommon for the humidity to drop down to zero. I bet you are getting plenty of shocks when you touch metal or a light switch. Keep your fingers crossed that no fire starts where you live. My cousin resides in San Marcos. I emailed him a couple of days ago, he and his wife had to evacuate their home for about 5 hours. Thankfully they didn’t lose their home. He said this has happened about 3 or 4 times in the past 14 yrs. There are certain places I wouldn’t live in California. I’ve seen the fire in the San Gabriel Mts where it has spread for miles and the burning embers were all over the sky. Living in the southwest is totally different then the northeast. Where you reside now is like living in the desert. I plan on moving back there, because I love the warm winter and I know how to cope with things. I resided in So. CA for 50 yrs. You are a newbie, so all this is new to you.
This is that week I’m sure you recall in CT when you look out the window and see all the green and leaves and say that didn’t look like that a few days ago, and we now have shade….
Yes, Mike. Let me be clear. Connecticut is the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived. I drove behind Sleeping Giant every day, past idyllic horse farms and through wooded hollows. I miss that.
Geoff, you sound like you are longing to return to CT, just like I feel about living in So CA. It won’t be long before I’m residing in my favorite state again, California. I won’t have to worry about snow, ice, cold temperatures and pollen. I’ll be back with my long time friends and relatives, plus able to eat my favorite foods.
What I like most of all is the change in seasons.my favorite time of year is fall. The air is so nice an cool.I am already wondering what this next winter will bring
I lived in Healdsburg for 7 years. We’d laugh because from May through November we’d have blue skies every day without a cloud in the sky. And HOT! but not sticky hot like CT, just hot.
November comes and we’d have rain – sometimes lots of it. So much that now that we’re back in CT, I’d rather drive in snow than rain.
I commented on one of your blogs, a while back, saying that I don’t remember many fires out there, as there have been in recent years. As I think of it again—that comment was incorrect. I do remember several times having to clear the ash off the car so I could see to drive to work. I lived in Glendale and drove to Children’s Hosp LA on Hollywood Blvd.
Also, I agree with Carole, in that summer days ranging 110-120 were frequent, and we didn’t have AC—but many apt’s had swimming pools. We used to drive out to the ocean and sit with blankets wrapped around us, as the temp would be in the 60’s with or w/o fog! Then, return home in the eve–and have it still be in the high 90’s. Don’t know if I’ll ever return. Many of my friends are gone now –have only 2 left in So. Cal—LA and San Clemente. I was with some folks this weekend at my granddgt’s wedding–they flew out from Santee (SanDiego area)–the fires started the day they after they arrived East, but are North and West of them. But it is going to be a dangerous summer out there.
Barb, how many years ago did you live in Glendale? It would be nice if we could exchange email. Maybe Geoff will send you my email address to you. I will be back in So CA shortly to visit with my old friends and relatives. You are right, a lot of them have passed away.
Do you think you’ll get bored by the lack of interesting weather? No more blizzards or severe thunderstorms… I love excIting weather!
I have to be honest – while I loved California and the time I spent there, the lower East Coast (especially Florida) has better weather in my book. Maybe it’s the “Caribbean island guy” in me (lol), but when we get those old fashioned East Coast summer days with temps in the upper 80’s F and high dew points, then add in all the lush greenery – I feel like I’m in the Caribbean on “island time”. The coast of Califorina was just too cool often (I needed a jacket on some summer nights in Santa Barbara). Add in the brown, mostly treeless landscape of SOCAL and it was a bit depressing. It was just too lifeless for me.
As far as Florida and humidity – yes, it is high humidity…in SUMMER. From early November through April (half the year on average) Florida has a dry season with very low humidity, and dry sunny weather day after day. The “beach weather” in fall/winter/spring is far better in Florida then California, and of course the Atlantic is nice and warm with those tropical water currents unlike the feeeeezing cold Pacific off California where the water comes from Alaska.