Summer Returns to Carlsbad October 20, 2019
You might think the title a bit odd, but it's true...at least in terms of summer weather being back in Carlsbad.
It was 84 both yesterday and again today, and significantly hotter inland, and absolutely gorgeous days to be at the beach. Indeed, many were yesterday when I was out taking some photos and running errands, and as in the summer months the parking was pretty limited. Despite that there were plenty of areas on the beach without a soul in sight!
Those of you who have already experienced cold weather, frost, or even snow might think "what's the big deal...how fortunate you are?!" to have such warm weather in mid-October.
But in Southern California temps like this in October mean the hot, dry Santa Ana winds are blowing in a westerly direction and raising the temperatures and, signficantly, the risk of wildfires, which can spread out of control with the high winds we can see at Santa Ana time.
These winds can be in excess of 60 mph and are very dry, which creates conditions ripe for fires that can spread rapidly. Thankfully the winds do not seem too substantial but any wind at all creates issues when it's this hot and dry.
There were a couple fires I heard about yesterday in San Diego but these were contained fairly quickly. There is a more significant fire burning up in LA in the Pacific Palisades resulting in mandatory evacuation and over 40 acres burned but I'm not sure if any homes in this exclusive area were damaged nor if the winds were an issue in that area or not.