One of the really nice things about living on the west coast, specifically Los Angeles, is that you never need to change your clothes. I was only here for six months in 2007 but it was October – March; I recalled speaking to my brother on New Year’s Day from the porch deck of my apartment in Birkenstocks and shorts as he wailed about the horrible snow and deathly cold conditions in the New York Metro area; I recalled speaking to my mother around Thanksgiving where she had said that the first snow of the season had moved in to southwestern Connecticut; I recalled the jealousy of my in-laws as we spoke of dancing in the streets on Christmas day as they holed up in their New England home; each one crowding around the heater faster than the other.
However there is one seasonal affect which has plagued SoCal and made me question the whole situation. I’m talking of course about “June Gloom.” I did some investigative journalism and found that June Gloom is something of a phenomenon specific to coastal regions; the clouds move in during the morning hours and then subsequently burn off in the afternoon hours.
Having been home most of the week and not leaving the house until after 1PM, I hadn’t really noticed much of what was going on outside, from my subterranean apartment. However today, Saturday, my wife and I left the house early (relatively early, 9:45 or so) and it was evident from the get-go; June Gloom was here. We live in Sherman Oaks, directly on the leeward (“Valley”) side of the Hollywood Hills; so occasionally there are clouds where we live and none in Los Angeles proper (seriously). However we drove down our hill to Ventura Boulevard and it was apparent; there was precipitation! So much precipitation that we actually had to use our windshield wipers! Yes!
For people who don’t live here, this may seem like a pedestrian enough phenomenon. However on our last route through Los Angeles, it rained, maybe twice. And this wasn’t a New England rain; no it was more like driving through a mist.
Even on a website like weather.com, you’d think that these people had never been here. According to their “current conditions,” it’s merely overcast. However if you check their hour by hour forecast, it says SUNNY SKIES and “0% precipitation.” June Gloom is in full effect though; it should be brought to the fore.
June Gloom is even apparently partly responsible for Seasonal Affect Disorder (S.A.D.) I imagine this disease was one created by the over-caffeinated film and television producers who would schedule outdoor shooting during June mornings only to find themselves paying actors to sit around all day. I would be sad too.
So June Gloom is part of the program here in Los Angeles. I’d say not to even come here in June, but my relatives confirmed that there is snow forecast in New England!