Among the pleasures of living in Southern California, none may be as wonderful as the climate, and the ability of residents to use it as a meteorological bat against the collective heads of their fellow Americans.
When there are snowstorms elsewhere, people here go tide pooling; when humidity soaks the East, Angelenos repose at 75 degrees.
Never had this chasm been more acute than during this unusually cool summer in Southern California, where people wrapped themselves in light sweaters as the rest of the nation tried to fry things on the sidewalks.
Ha, ha, ha, ha!
But then, it rained. That was not funny. Angelenos may like to be cruel with their cool, but it should not interrupt a barbecue.
Now, as the summer lurches toward August with barely a warm weekend to its name — to say nothing of the almost-unheard-of precipitation — people here are actually grumpy about their climes.
“I actually wish I were on the East Coast,” said Caitlin Pence, 24, who lives in Manhattan Beach, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. “It is so miserable here, I don’t really want to do anything. It’s like seriously, actually, genuinely depressing. I am a teacher, and so I have my whole summer off — and I’ve seen the sun probably two times the whole summer.”
The average temperature at Los Angeles International Airport in July so far has been 66.4 degrees, or 2.4 degrees below normal; on July 12, the airport hit a record with its lowest recorded maximum temperature of 68 degrees. (The previous low for the day was 70 degrees, in 1949.)
This followed an unusually cool June — generally the dreariest month in Los Angeles. Further, there have been traces of rain four days this month, which for Los Angeles is something akin to a frost in Miami in September.
“Two degrees below normal over a month may not sound like much,” said Claudia Cox, head of operations for the ’s Western region. “But when you average up all 30 days, it is pretty unusually cold.”
IOW: AGW = BS. TFBS.