In LA we may not get extreme weather, but we do experience a natural phenomenon known as “June Gloom”. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, June Gloom refers to the spring/summer cloud cover that happens most mornings in June. This may not sound all that extreme, but the weather in the mornings looks entirely different from weather in the afternoons. While it rarely stays cloudy for the entire day, the cloud cover reappears every morning, regardless of how clear it was the night before. Even though it is July, we are experiencing some June Gloom residuals even now.
While June Gloom sounds terrible and…well…gloomy, it’s really not that bad! I don’t know about you, but I hate waking up in the morning feeling sweaty. It leaves me feeling lethargic and slow. When it is cloudy in the mornings (and consequently cooler) I am able to enjoy my cup of coffee better. June Gloom also makes runs a lot better! This morning I was able to go running at 7:30am and did not feel like I was sweating buckets. Cloud cover makes running the hilly perimeter quite enjoyable! Last week when I talked about hiking, we experienced some June Gloom but our hike was fantastic!
All that being said, June Gloom does not get in the way of all of the fun things to do in LA (even when it persists into July)! You can still get tan (and burned) when there is a cloud cover…so make sure you wear sun screen! I have been to the beach four times over this last week and a half. Each time it was cloudy and each time it cleared up by the afternoon. This past weekend we even saw dolphins swimming within 50 feet of the shore in Santa Monica! If I had to pick between June Gloom and swimming with dolphins, I’d pick dolphins.
Conclusion: June (Okay…July) Gloom does make for cooler weather, but that’s what happens when you live so close to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It’s such a bummer to have to see dolphins on a cloudy day or enjoy a cool run at a reasonable time in the morning. I guess you have to make sacrifices wherever you live, right?