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.
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.
We 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.