Every year around this time, San Diego and Southern California enjoy a week or two of “unseasonable” warm weather. People go to the beach in swimsuits and actually go into the ocean.
The highs are in the 70’s. Overcoats are stashed, and the BBQ grills are rolled back out from their winter hibernation. But it’s only for a while.
I call it Primavera Falsa – False Spring – and like I said it happens every January.
A belt of warm water surges north from the Equator and envelops our local waters and air, heating up everything, and for these happy two weeks or so, we’re glad.
But it happens every year. So, it’s NOT “unseasonable” – as the San Diego U-T states. If something akin to this occurs with regularity, it’s regular, it’s seasonal.
Has all “collective memory” at our daily fishwrap – the Union-Tribune and its online version, SignOnSanDiego, vanished?
Is there no one there who has a recall system long enough to remember this occurance the first month of every year here? I know U-T writer Roger Showley knows this – he’s been there for decades – I went to Point Loma High School with him in the Sixties. He should know – ah, but he doesn’t work the weather beat or the cutsy-for-tourists stories.
It is a false spring, as flowers bloom and trees think it’s Spring time! Insects and birds are a-buzzing once again.
But alas, it only lasts for a short but wonderful time. Then it’s back to the cold and the chill. Back to coats and layers and chilly days.
So, remember when out-of-town friends or tourists exclaim to you, “wow, this is unseasonable weather we’re having, isn’t it!?” – you can stare them straight in the face and say, ‘no, this happens every January, and it’s the Primavera Falsa!”
So, enjoy while you can.