May Gray, or It Ain’t ALWAYS Sunny in Southern California

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May Gray in Sunny Southern California

 

 

Our area is known for having fabulous weather. We tend to call it living in paradise. And while we do have sun much of the time, if you look at some of the surveys we are NOT the area in the country with the most sunny days.

 

 

If you have ever seen Steve Martin in LA Story, you’ll probably recall his role as the wacky meteorologist Harris Telemacher where the weather report, day after day, was sunny. Just a little California humor. Not always the case.

 

 

Those who live here in San Diego are in the know, but those who come to visit, or move here, aren’t always aware of this phenomenon called May Gray (and June Gloom), otherwise known as the marine layer. We’ve had a fair number of May Gray days this month and today in Carlsbad is no exception.

 

A May Gray Day in Carlsbad

 

There are times of the year, especially in May and June, when we experience far more marine layer days, especially early in the day but sometimes for an entire day. This is more common near the coast; you can be further inland, say 5 – 10 miles, and it will tend to be sunny, but the coast will have a heavy marine layer which often burns off quickly by noon or so.

 

 

I personally don’t care all that much about why it happens; I just accept that it does. And over the years here have gotten used to it, even though we gripe some. But if you are interested you can read more about May Gray here.

 

 

If you are interested in living in the area the marine layer is something to consider, as the inland and coastal climates can be very different, and people often have a clear preference for one or the other, even though the marine layer is not a constant. In general you’ll find more marine layer and cooler temps near the coast, and less marine layer or little at all but much warmer inland. Even on a beautiful day by the beach, however, we can still get the marine layer moving in late in the day or in the evening.

 

May Gray beach dayWe also get 4 weather reports in our area – coastal, inland, mountains and desert.

 

Temperatures can vary dramatically at different times of the year, both highs and lows, sometimes within just a few miles and at higher elevations.

 

And there are plenty of micro-climates in our area because of ocean breezes, hills, and canyons.

 

Carlsbad is in an area where May Gray and June Gloom are common. Even within Carlsbad you can find areas where it will be beautiful and sunny, while at the same time there is a heavy coastal fog or gray skies elsewhere.

 

May Gray and June Gloom – it isn’t always sunny in Southern California, but it’s pretty darn nice most of the time.

 

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE 

It really can move in quickly, especially over the lagoons! What's nice is that the marine layer can clear up pretty quickly to sun and blue sky - it did today!

Jeff

May 27, 2016 09:53 AM #19
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Kathleen Daniels 

Well you won't get any arguments from me about being close to the beach. For me the marine layer is a welcome tradeoff for being just a few miles to the Pacific!

Enjoy your weekend!

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May 27, 2016 11:44 AM #20
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Kelly Turbeville 

I'd say our May Gray has been fairly typical, but such a change from March and April when the weather was so wonderful and wamr. But it's part of living in paradise, right?

Jeff

May 27, 2016 11:45 AM #21
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We are the "Sunshine State" but also have some of gray days. It is a bit of a joke with the weather people here that during the summer our forecast is virtually the same for several months...they comment that they could just photocopy the forecast and use it every day.

The weather here on the beach is always about 3-5* cooler than the mainland with a light ocean breeze. No mountains or deserts here, though.

 

May 27, 2016 11:54 AM #22
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So Jeff Dowler CRS would you please come and collect your "May Gray" as it seems to have relocated to Dallas this year

May 27, 2016 01:46 PM #23
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Diana Zaccaro 

Other than the humidity and the hurricanes there is probably a fair amount of similarity. Your overall weather is warmer than here, other than in the desert

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May 27, 2016 02:05 PM #24
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Lisa Von Domek 

Well you can't blame the rain on us, but maybe the gray weather. No rain here and haven't had anything of significance for some time

Jeff

May 27, 2016 02:06 PM #25
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May Gray, interesting label Bob, comments. You top photos is really nice too. 

May 27, 2016 03:35 PM #26
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Jeff it used to be June Gloom, BTW we have no right to complain, beats Chicago and Boston weather:))Endre

May 27, 2016 04:53 PM #27
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Good morning Jeff. Maybe a time for a move, only kidding. It would always be worse somewhere else.

May 27, 2016 08:14 PM #28
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Interesting, Jeff.  May Gray could be nature's way of keeping the temptation of going to the beach in check.

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Endre Barath, Jr. 

Well June Gloom will start Wednesday!! And yes it does beat the weather, overall, of New England! We certainly saw plenty of gray weather there, and worse

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May 28, 2016 12:29 AM #30
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Joe Petrowsky 

Ha ha. It's really a minor inconvenience to not have the sun out as often as I like. I'll take it!

Enjoy your weekend

Jeff

May 28, 2016 12:29 AM #31
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It may not be sunny every day, but you do have a variety of areas to choose from in your state.  Much like Missouri, diversity is wonderful when it comes to terrain! 

May 28, 2016 12:43 AM #32
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Jeff, I had some relocation buyers move to Denver and they said they had never seen such blue skies.   However, we are seeing afternoon showers almost every day right now.

May 28, 2016 02:05 AM #33
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And we are often subject to it too given our Marine influence...it's a happy day when the May Gray/June gloom passes. Ha.

May 28, 2016 02:22 AM #34
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Gabe Sanders 

It certainly keeps down the crowds but sometimes that is the nicest time to be at the beach

Jeff

May 28, 2016 05:42 AM #35
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Anna Hatridge 

It's incredibly diverse which is one of the neat things about being here. THere is something for everyone - desert, beaches, mountains, cities, forests

Jeff

May 28, 2016 05:45 AM #36
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I'd heard that about the skies in Denver. I don't mind the May Gray, as long as it doesn't last all day and doesn't occur every day

Jeff

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It CAN get a little tedious. A few years ago we hardly had a summer - the gray was ugly through most of July, too. Everyone was griping! LOL

Jeff

May 28, 2016 06:17 AM #38
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