Written by travelprone on 14 Aug, 2002
Yes, that photo of the rear-side window of the Solana Beach Fish House is murky-that's what it was like in Solana Beach about 8:30a.m. on a Monday morning. This year,the gloom began in February and has only disappeared for a week or two at a…Read More
Yes, that photo of the rear-side window of the Solana Beach Fish House is murky-that's what it was like in Solana Beach about 8:30a.m. on a Monday morning. This year,the gloom began in February and has only disappeared for a week or two at a time, sporadically, since that month. When I first came to the San Diego area,I couldn't believe the gloom. Then,in 1983,"it" started in June and lasted through August; I would inadvertently offend relatives back in the Northeast when I'd tell them not to come to visit in the summertime, but they thought "it" was a preposterous figment of my imagination as they KNEW that San Diego's weather was always sunny, so..perhaps, I didn't want THEM to visit.
As the years have gone by, each year "it" has inched its way earlier and later: this year it seems to have reached new heights(or depths, depending on your point of view).So, it's the middle of August & it's hanging around like "The Man Who Came to Dinner." But, guess what? We San Diegans don't seem to mind its presence any more, for it keeps the mornings and the evenings cool ;when we are free from work in the eves we can play on the cool beach or go to a park for a picnic or cycle without stirring up too much sweat.And the sun shines from around 10 till 8; no,it doesn't shine all the time, but it shines at the most important times for visitors.
In fact, as locals, we've observed that in the sporadic intervals when the gloom has disappeared we have gotten unpleasant HUMIDITY!(a phenomenon we immediately trace in origin to Mexico the country south of our border).We used to allege any mist or vapor we had visited us from Los Angeles,but since that belching behemoth cleaned up its act about ten years ago,we can't blame THAT PLACE any more. We are equal opportunity blamers for all of us truly believe this peculiar dark mass can't be San Diego's fault.Therefore,when I advise visitors to our shores in the summertime that they should pack a sweater or sweat shirt (formal or informal),I'm not kidding. I'm not trying to discourage you from visiting,but,the reality is,if you attend any event outdoors at the above mentioned times,that wrap will be NECESSARY,and it will be cool because you're enjoying yourself so much that you're staying up late(and you'll sleep in late & miss most of the gloom anyway).