The Cambrian

Year’s coldest months arrive in Cambria — and, we hope, some rain

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 past 17 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 thanks to the many microclimates that are within Cambria. The weather year starts in July and ends in June. (Weather year 2016 began in July 2015 and will end in June 2016.)

Winter 2015 (January, February, March)

The upcoming winter season should bring Cambria a little bit of everything. We can expect clear, sunny days almost half the time, with approximately 15 rainy days giving us 10 inches of rain, with February being the wettest with 4 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.

With rainfall averaging 18 inches over the past 17 years, our average rainfall over the past four years is 11 inches.

According to John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist, southeasterly winds are often referred to as prefrontal winds and are often a precursor to stormy and wet weather.

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

▪ 3 days per week — Clear sunny days.

▪ 2 days per week — Early-morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun.

▪ Less than1 day per week — No sun (cloudy and foggy all day).

▪ More than 1 day per week — Rain (let’s hope)

Mark Kramer’s Weather Watch column appears quarterly and is special to The Cambrian.

Weather quiz

1. How many MORE hours of night time do we experience on Dec. 21 (longest night) as compared to daylight hours.

A. Less than four hours

B. 4 ½ hours

C. More than 4 ½ hours

2. Cambria has averaged 18 inches of rain over the past 17 years. How much annual rain has Cambria averaged over the past four years? (2011 through 2015).

A. 8 inches

B. 11 inches

C. 14 inches

3. How much rain and what can we expect to receive during an average winter (January, February and March)?

A. 7 inches – 12 rainy days

B. 10 inches – 15 rainy days

C. 13 inches – 18 rainy days

D. 16 inches – 21 rainy days

4. Which wind direction is usually associated as a precursor to stormy weather?

A. Northeasterly

B. Northwesterly

C., Southeasterly

5. Which month of the year has the lowest average temperature?

A. December

B. January

C. February

D. All three months are about the same

Note: Answers to these questions are covered in the weather article.

Quiz answers:

B, B, B, C, D

Cambria weather statistics

Clear days

Part. sun

Cloudy

Rain

High

Low

January

16

8

2

5

58

40

February

12

7

3

6

58

40

March

14

11

2

4

61

43

Winter

42

26

7

15

59

41

Spring

37

40

10

4

64

48

Summer

21

56

13

1

66

53

Fall

45

27

9

11

62

44

Average

146

149

39

31

63

47

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