Wednesday, May 3, 2006

LA Weather

People think that the weather in LA is always picture perfect. Beautiful, day in, day out. They're wrong. LA has seasons, or (more accurately) weather patterns. For example, in the winter we sometimes get the "Pineapple Express," which basically is a whole lot of rain, followed by mudslides.
The Pineapple Express is a Pacific Ocean subtropical jet stream that brings warm moist air from Hawaii (where pineapples are grown) to the U.S. West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.


The combination of moisture-laden air, atmospheric dynamics, and orographic enhancement resulting from the passage of this air over the mountain ranges of the West Coast causes some of the most torrential rains to occur in the region.
Less dramatic, but nonetheless depressing for Angelenos is "June Gloom" or, as it's called in May, "May Gray." We are currently experiencing May Gray, which is characterized by the following:
The early mornings are typically foggy. The fog turns to low clouds by late morning and early afternoon. Finally, by late afternoon, the clouds burn away and the sun shines. Often the overcast will burn off quickly inland, but it will stay cold and cloudy most of the day for the coastal areas of Southern California. Southern California residents are used to this yearly weather pattern, but it usually comes as a great disappointment to tourists to the area who expect the weather to be sunny year-round.
From Wiki.


ivanomartin said...

The weather last winter was brutal. Made Brooklyn look like Fiji. There were two different periods when it rained for three weeks straight.

It's also cold in LA during the winter, which no one outside of LA seems to understand.


Octopus Grigori said...