California – it’s the weather

If you haven’t lived in coastal California (west of the inland valleys, west of the major mountain ranges), it’s hard to describe how comfortable it is.  Perhaps a bit of data will help –

City-data.com (http://www.city-data.com) has a wonderful collection of metrics on US cities and towns.  Let’s look at Menlo Park, a town in the San Francisco Bay area, near the town where I live.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Menlo-Park-California.html

Average Climate in Menlo Park, Californiabased on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Menlo Park, California - Average Temperatures (F)

Menlo Park, California - Average Temperatures (F)

Menlo Park, California - Average Preciptation (in)

Menlo Park, California - Average Preciptation (in)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Menlo Park, California - Cloudy and Sunny Days

Menlo Park, California - Cloudy and Sunny Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does this tell us?   Spring, summer and fall have warm (not hot!) days and cool nights.  In winter the weather is mild (doesn’t freeze) and it rains a bit.  It doesn’t rain in spring, summer or most of fall.  There are a sunny days, even in winter.

It’s also not humid, so it’s really, really comfortable.

I’ve tried to think of a few disadvantages to the weather.  When you live in the land of perfect comfort it’s hard to come up with anything.  Let’s see – you have to remember to bring a jacket in summer –  after the sun sets it gets chilly.  And night swimming isn’t great around here –   it’s hard to force yourself to get into a pool when you are wearing a jacket over your swimsuit.

If you enjoy four distinct seasons this isn’t the place – we have seasons, but they are subtle, more wet and dry, a Mediterranean climate.   You have to enjoy looking at a dry land for much of the year  – golden hills in the distance, punctuated by the green of the trees.  When the rains come everything gets green.  And – oh yeah, we do have natural disasters.
      
It doesn’t matter – I live in paradise.
amarez – mszv
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2 thoughts on “California – it’s the weather

    • Hi Dick,
      I do miss Texas – I like Texas, and have many fond memories of living there. I love Austin in particular. I just don’t miss the heat and humidity.

      I’m so glad you posted.
      amarez – mszv

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