The Cambrian

Weather Watch: Days to get longer, drier - and foggier

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 12 years of temperature data as recorded at the Cambria Wastewater 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 micro-climates in Cambria. The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2010 began July 1 and will end June 30.)

Winter 2010

During January we had 8.5 inches of rain, which essentially ended the drought that we had experienced during the past 3 years. On one occasion during the last 10 years, we recorded 9.75 inches of rain (February 2000). Going back 40 years, Cambria recorded its highest monthly rainfall of 13.1 inches in March 1995. That year we had 36 inches of rain.

Cambria’s historical average is 20 inches which has already been exceeded this year.

For each of the past 5 months the average low temperature as recorded at the Cambria Wastewater Treatment Plant at Park Hill is 3 degrees colder than that recorded by the Cambria Fire Department on Lodge Hill. This seems to surprise most residents

due to the fact that the water treatment plant is closer to the ocean and the fire department station is further inland.

Daylight in March

During March we will gain 67 minutes of daylight, more than any other month of the year; We gain 24 minutes on February, 54 minutes in April, 45 minutes in May, and 7 minutes in June. We start to lose daylight in July. The impact of going on Daylight Saving Time has no effect on the net hours of daylight.

Spring: April, May, June

The upcoming spring season should warm us up by about 6 degrees from what we experienced during the winter. High temperatures should average 65 with an average low of 48. A normal spring would provide us with 2 inches of rain, mostly in April.

Weather conditions for an average week during the spring season: 3 days per week, clear, sunny days; 3 days per week, early morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun; 1 day per week, no sun (cloudy and foggy all day).

Contact Cambria resident Mark Kramer by e-mail at markali@charter . net or by phone at 924-1101.