Cambria Weather Watch quiz (answers appear below):
1. During August, we experienced 2 full moons. What is this happening called?
A. Blue Moon
B. Harvest Moon
C. Hunter’s Moon
2. What season do we experience the most sunny, clear days?
3. How much rain and what percentage of our annual rain can we expect to receive in the fall (October, November, December)?
A. 4 inches — 20 percent of annual rainfall
B. 5 inches — 25 percent of annual rainfall
C. 6 inches — 30 percent of annual rainfall
D. 7 inches — 35 percent of annual rainfall
4. Which wind direction usually produces clear, warm, and dry weather?
5. A new moon always rises at sunset.
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 that are within Cambria. The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2013 began July 1 and ends June 30).
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.
Northeasterly winds are often referred to as offshore winds because they blow from our coastal mountains toward the ocean, usually producing clear, warm and dry weather.
A “blue moon” refers to two full moons during a calendar month. A harvest moon represents a full moon that graces our skies each autumn and takes its name from the fact that during the season, there is less time interval between sunset and the moon rise than any other season. A full moon always rises at sunset; a new moon, at noon.
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 (in the tide chart on Page 17) to verify the right time to watch the moon set over the ocean. Also make sure that it is a fogless/cloudless evening and bring a jacket or sweater.
Weather permitting, you can experience a beautiful moonset at Moonstone Beach during the following time periods: at 6:22 a.m. Oct. 28; 6:03 a.m. Nov. 27; and 6:29 a.m. Dec. 27.
Here are the weather conditions for an average week in the fall: Three days per week, clear and sunny. Two days per week, early morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun. One day per week, no sun (cloudy and foggy all day). One day per week, rain.
Answers to quiz questions: 1. A; 2. C; 3. C; 4. A; 5. A.
Weather by the numbers
Average number Sunny, Partly Cloudy, High Low
of days that are: clear sunny no sun Rain temp temp
In the month of:
October 13 12 4 2 64 48
November 17 7 3 3 62 43
December 16 7 2 6 58 40
In the season of:
Summer 22 54 15 1 66 53
Fall 46 26 9 12 61 44
Winter 44 23 9 16 59 41
Spring 38 39 7 4 64 48
Yearly Average 150 142 40 33 63 46
— Compiled by Mark Kramer from information recorded by the CCSD as reported in The Cambrian