Weather Watch

In an average year, fall brings 12 rainy days to Cambria

Special to The CambrianOctober 2, 2013 

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One of Cambria’s main attractions is the temperate weather we enjoy all year round.

A study of Cambria’s weather pattern has been put together utilizing the last 15 years of temperature data as recorded at the Cambria Wastewater Treatment Plant on the northeast side of Park Hill and reported weekly in The Cambrian.

This data, combined with a subjective evaluation of the type of day that Cambria experiences (sunny, partly sunny, cloudy and rainy) contributes to the following report.

A clear day is defined as clear skies from early morning to sunset. A partially clear day means that the fog or clouds clear out during the day, followed by sunshine for the remainder of the day (or vice versa).

Since this evaluation is conducted at or near the ocean, where fog and low clouds are more prevalent than in all other parts of town, the temperatures and weather information reflect lower temperatures than one might expect to see because of the many micro-climates within Cambria.

The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2014 began July 1, 2013, and ends June 30.)

Fall 2013

The upcoming fall season (October, November and December) should bring Cambria some of its most beautiful Indian summer weather, as well as some much-needed rain. We can expect clear, sunny days almost half the time, with approximately 12 rainy days giving us 6 inches of rain.

Cambria beaches, along with Pismo and Grover beaches are referred to as westerly facing beaches. Morro Bay, Los Osos and Montaña De Oro are northwesterly facing beaches and generally reflect the coolest coastal temperatures in the county. Cayucos, Avila and Shell beaches are southwesterly facing beaches and reflect the warmest coastal temperatures.

Although the autumn season reflects more clear days than any other season (45), the warmest months of the year take place during July and August, with an average high temperature of 67 degrees.

Cambrians should take advantage of full-moon sets over the ocean during the upcoming fall season. Your best viewing will be 45 minutes to an hour before the sun comes up, when the moon has an orange color. Check The Cambrian (Page 13) to verify the right time to watch the moon set over the ocean. Also make sure it is a fogless/cloudless morning and bring a jacket or sweater.

Weather permitting, you can experience a beautiful moonset at Moonstone Beach during the following time periods: 5:53 a.m. Oct. 17, 5:44 a.m. Nov. 16 and 6:22 a.m. Dec. 16.

These are the weather conditions for an average week in the fall:

  • Three days per week, clear, sunny days.
  • Two days per week, early morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun.
  • One day per week, no sun (cloudy and foggy all day); and
  • One day per week, rainy.

Weather by the numbers

Average number
of days that are:
Sunny, clearPartly sunnyCloudy, no sunRainHigh tempLow temp
In the month of:
In the season of:
Yearly Average14814440336346
Compiled by Mark Kramer from information recorded by the CCSD as reported in The Cambrian.

Contact Cambria resident Mark Kramer at or at 924-1101.

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