Weather Watch

Winter in the pines brings short, sparkling days and chilly nights

Special to The CambrianJanuary 2, 2014 

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 cooler conditions than one might expect to see because of the many microclimates that are within Cambria. The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2013 began July 1, 2013, and will end June 30, 2014.)

October 2012

The high temperatures of 99 degrees at Lodge Hill and 87 degrees at Park Hill have never been exceeded during the past 14 years. In a technical sense, Park Hill did reach a high of 87 degrees on April 27, 2004. (We’ll give credit to both answers).

Winter 2013

The upcoming winter season (January, February and March) should bring Cambria a little bit of everything. Winter for Cambrians (when there is less fog) provides us with the best opportunity to view sunsets as well as an occasional green flash of light that can sometimes be seen near the upper rim of the sun as it rises or sets.

We can expect clear, sunny days almost half the time, with about 17 rainy days giving us 11 inches of rain — February being the wettest month with 4½ inches.

On Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year, we experience 14¼ hours of nighttime and only 9¾ hours of daylight, a difference of 4½ hours.

December, January and February (all three months) reflect the coldest average months of the year — 49 degrees with an average high temperature of 58 combined with an average low of 40 degrees.

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

  • 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, rain.

Weather by the Numbers

Average number
of days that are:
Sunny, clearPartly sunnyCloudy,
no sun
RainHigh tempLow temp
In the month of:
January168255840
February126375840
March1510246043
In the season of:
Summer21551516653
Fall45269126144
Winter43247165941
Spring3939946448
Yearly Average14814440336246
Compiled by Mark Kramer from information recorded by the CCSD as reported in The Cambrian

Contact Cambria resident Mark Kramer at markali@charter.net or at 924-1101.

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