Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thanks Be To God, it only Gets Lighter From Here on Out
Except for you poor schlubs "down under." ) The one thing I Hate, HAte, HATe, HATE about winter is it gets so DARK. At my latitude as you can see from the picture, Sunrise was about 6:46, sunset 4:46. It only will get better. I think I finally have a clue why my English ancestors left blighty sometime between 1850 and arrived here sometime before 1860. I hazard a guess that given that my great-granddad was a miner, and his father...presumably HIS immigrant granddad was also a miner. Given the latitude up there, they would have gone down the mines before sunrise and come up after sunset this time a year. I think they must have moved here just to see some chance of seeing a bit of daylight in the winter months.
Update 5:43 a.m., Saturday 22:
What's with this 39 degrees stuff? Jeez, a little precipitation, 7 degrees lower, and there could be white stuff on the ground! About 40 years ago it snowed out in El Cajon. It's not unusual to get snow in our mountains in north county if conditions are "just so" but not in town. Supposed to go up to 67 degrees though later today. No wonder half the county is trying to give their colds to the other half of the county. Let's just say, that in my time here I have seen people wear long bermuda shorts and a sleeveless shell skiing vest. No one bats an eye. Though even today might be too cold for those shorts.
Update noon 12/22/07:
There now, that's better. For anyone wishing to visit San Diego, our best month is often April, IMO. The daytime and nighttime temps are pleasant, the nighttime temps don't require much of anything other than a light zip up jacket. If you wait just a little later you'll get "May Gray/June Gloom" phenomenon. Temps are fine, but the marine layer hangs around too long and doesn't really burn off until almost afternoon then rolls in again along the coast at 5ish. July and August see crowded "everything." September and October can be fire season. Nice, but......