Spring comes to Southern California in February. The deciduous trees leaf out and the flowers bloom. The rain makes the world green again -- as a NJ native I am ever amazed by how summer here is brown and winter is green -- backwards of the East Coast! By the time the rain stops for the final time in this earth-sun cycle in mid May, summer is on its way. The days get warmer and warmer. And the nights too. And then, another SoCal phenomenon happens -- June Gloom. A thick marine layer blows in and brings morning fog and all day haze. The temperatures drop a little. We wear sweaters! Then the winds change again and July and August sizzle! Crystal clear blue skies every day. Temperatures reach into the 90's across the land and well into the 100's in the Valley. The beaches stay a little cooler but often see 90's too. The sun sets into the Big Blue as a sparkling yellow ball -- no pink and purple steaks because there are no clouds.
And then by mid-September things start to cool off again, slowly, and the cycle begins again.
So here we are, poised on that change of season, about to head south for a truly Endless Summer. As we get into Central America, we will be entering the dry season there. The Panamanians consider December and January to be "summer" despite being in the Northern Hemisphere. That is because for them too, the seasons are more about rain, and no rain, than temperature or the angle of the sun. Previously I spent several July/August weeks in Panama -- oh, the rain! I have never seen so much rain! But not this time! I hope though that we will feel, see, and smell rain sometime in the next 6 months -- we will be in lot of rainforests!
Here are some images from a late summer day here at our hometown beach: