Weather Watch

Cambria averaged only 10.6 inches rain over last three rain years

Special to The CambrianApril 3, 2014 

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 16 years of temperature data as recorded at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in 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 all other parts of town, the temperatures and weather information reflect lower temperatures than one might expect to see due to the many microclimates within Cambria. The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2014 began July 1 and will end June 30).

Winter 2014

Cambria’s historical rain average over the last 16 years is 18 inches. We have also averaged 18 inches during the last 10 years. However, the last three years (2012, 2013 and 2014 to date) Cambria has averaged 10.6 inches.

In 2011 and 2010 Cambria had 59 inches of rain (34 in 2011; 25 in 2010). This rain essentially ended the drought that we had experienced over the prior three years during which time we had averaged 12.5 inches per year (2007 through 2009).

During February, Cambria recorded 5 inches of rain. Prior to February, the last measurable rain was on Dec. 6, when we had one-quarter of an inch of rain.

Below is the annual rainfall for the last 10 years during which we have averaged 18.1 inches of rain per year:

2014 6.8 inches through March
2013 10.4 inches
2012 14.5 inches
2011 33.7 inches
2010 25.1 inches
2009 13.0 inches
2008 14.9 inches
2007 9.5 inches
2006 22.2 inches
2005 31.4 inches
Total: 181.5 inches, or 18.2 inches per year.

Spring 2014

The upcoming spring season should warm us up by about 5 degrees from what we experienced during the winter. High temperatures should average 64 with an average low of 48. A normal spring would provide us with 2 inches of rain (mostly in April). Rain during the spring and summer season (April – September) account for approximately 10 percent of our annual rainfall.

Weather conditions for an average week during the spring season: Three days per week, clear sunny days; three days per week, early morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun; one day per week, no sun (cloudy and foggy all day).

Weather by the numbers

Average number of days that are: Sunny, clear Partly sunnyCloudy, no sunRainyHigh tempLow temp
In the month of:
April1510236445
May1314316448
June106406550
In the season of:
Summer21551416653
Fall45269126144
Winter43258155941
Spring3840946448
Yearly Average14714640326346
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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