I’m on the patio with my laptop, a cup of coffee and the crumbs from a toasted sesame bagel.
Birds are chirping nearby. It’s a ‘trill’ kind of sound never heard in the Northeast, but always heard in Disney movies. Birds here sound like they’re auditioning for Snow White.
It’s cloudy. I’ve been looking at those clouds and thinking like a meteorologist. That never stops.
We get weather in SoCal, but it’s really mostly climate with small day-to-day shifts. Each season has an individual weather personality. It doesn’t rain in the summer. Sunshine is dependable. Our humidity (never really high) varies greatly depending on wind direction.
Even the wind direction is dependable. A friend (and blog reader) who drives 757s from New York to California and back said he’s never landed from the west at LAX. He’s been flying there for decades! Westerly breezes off-the-water prevail.
Today we’ve got the marine layer. It should break in an hour or so.
It’s very nicely modeled–surprisingly. Using BUFKIT and the GFS it’s very easy to spot a week away. This more exact “in an hour” prediction is based mostly on the HRRR which is high resolution, but short timeframe.
We have low night and morning clouds, even a little fog and drizzle near the coast, many days this time of year. That’s climate. Which days specifically, that’s weather.
Years ago when I came here from back east I saw Fritz Coleman one Saturday morning in what was obviously a weathercast taped the night before! They don’t do that anymore, but climate makes weather that predictable.