Enjoying the May Grey

Forecasts say it won’t last much longer this week, with interior valley temps in SoCal expected to climb into the 80’s and even the 90’s by Wednesday. (Some uncertainty remains in the forecast, but a high is expected to build that will end the onshore flow, I regret to report.)

Enjoy it while it lasts, I say to those in this area. If we get some June gloom, savor it. After a good wet January, we’ve had little or no rain since, a phenomenon the climatologists link to a La Nina strengthened by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (here).

Take a look at this graph of rainfall over the last few years (in LA). The wave form is the "average" — which of course in SoCal is something of a statistical artifact, but nonetheless shows how dry it’s been lately…like, nothing, basically. 

Larainfall2004to2008

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