I just got home from Los Angeles, where I gave a talk on extreme weather trends to the Department of Homeland Security. No, I didn't fly to California to "see the sun" but I did manage to snap a few photos of sunsets and smiling locals.
The timing was ironic, as Tropical Storm Andrea unleashed record rains on New England and some towns in Europe were cleaning up from the worst flooding in 500 years.
A few Santa Monica residents griped about June Gloom, a thin, moist maritime layer sparking early overcast, typical for June. Yes, the big forecast challenge in LA this time of year is "what time will the sun come out?"
Insert yawn here.
We have our own unique flavor of meteorological misery this year: stuck in a cool, wet rut, with storms every other day, it seems. Some are wondering if we'll have a real summer? I'm still betting on status quo - cooler than average with an occasional heat spike. Nothing like last summer. The jet stream is too far south; the main superhighway for storms howling almost directly overhead.
No sudden drought this summer.
The sun pops out today; a few 80s in the 7-Day. T-storms may sprout by Wednesday, again late Friday into Saturday AM.
Next weekend should be more lake-worthy. Like LA, without the gloom.
* I snapped the photo above from The Getty Museum Saturday morning, when the "June Gloom", moisture streaming in off the Pacific, kept skies overcast.
Photo credit: "Rob Korff, a corn farmer who planed about a month late this year after heavy rains that have made growing difficult, in Norborne, Missouri, June 7, 2013. In many areas of the Midwest, one extreme has given way to another, as flooded pastures have delayed planting or washed away young shoots." (Steve Hebert/The New York Times)
Photo credit above: "German army soldiers work at a dike in the city of Magdeburg, eastern Germany, Sunday June 9, 2013. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in a region of eastern Germany where the Elbe river has flooded and burst through a dam, officials said Sunday. More than 20 people have been killed by a week of flooding in central Europe, as rivers such as the Danube, the Elbe and the Vlatava have overflowed after heavy rains and caused extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary." (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Buettner)
Photo credit: "A sign warning against insurance fraud is displayed as heavy equipment is put to use removing debris from a home destroyed by the May 20th tornado in the Plaza Towers neighborhood of Moore, Okla., Friday, June 7, 2013." (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Photo credit above: AP. "Lightning strikes from a storm illuminate a home damaged by a tornado on Hyde Park Lane at Country Club Rd. in Cleburne, Wednesday night, May 15, 2013."