What’s with all this talk of June Gloom?

Jul 09, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk, or should I say, grumbling, about “June Gloom.”

OK, I’ll admit, waking up to find it sprinkling in the morning this week was a little surprising, but by the afternoon, the sun was out, and the days were gorgeous!

Let’s face it, us Los Angelenos are totally weather spoiled. With 345 out of our 365 weather days virtually perfect, for all intents and purposes, no wonder people here expect every day to be perfect. Unfortunately, perfection isn’t nor has been the norm in Southern California. Just ask any local.

After growing up in the Midwest and living for 20+ years on the East Coast, I’ll testify–the weather in Los Angeles and Southern California, is pretty close to nirvana!

Here’s today weather in Los Angeles as reported by USAToday:

On the other hand here’s the weather in a few of our “brotherly’ cities across the USA:

After you’ve examined these little snippets, take a close look at the “Heat Index.” According to Wikipedia, the heat index is an “index that combines air temperature and relative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature — how hot it feels, termed the felt air temperature.”

Simply put, it’s how your body feels the minute you step outside the door and the humidity hits you smack dab in the face. It’s that feeling that you physically have by the fact you’re starting to sweat 3 minutes after you leave the confines of your air conditioning. It’s a heavy thickness of air that often times feels like you can cut it with a knife. People who’ve lived in Florida or other parts of the nation will tell you their own tales of woe.

If you’ve never experienced this type of high temperature mixed with humidity, you’re in for a real treat—just kidding. You don’t want to ever experience it.

So then fellow Los Angelenos, the next time you complain about June Gloom, especially when it’s happening in July, please think about all of those people who happen to live outside of Southern California who experience “worse weather” than us, and although they may not love it, they rejoice in the summer season before the snows of winter hit.

Full disclosure: a close friend of mine here is a California native who was born and raised in San Diego. He has told me tales when entire summers of June Gloom heavily blanketed the majority of the day with clouds at or near the beach never to lift–to an entire summer where the sun never appeared, not even once. Also, decades when none of it mattered and we had years of picture perfect weather.

June Gloom is a fact of life in Southern California and rather than see it as a minus to our weather, celebrate it as if it were just “part of the Southern California” family of facts that’s part of our common experience of living here in Paradise.

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