Weathering California

Hidden Valley, California heavy fog causing misty windows and roads.

California weather can be pretty predictable: Always Sunny.  Yet this winter has brought some rain and snow to parts of California that needed it most.  More than likely the weather here in California will stay sunny and warm through Spring. It is unlikely that El Nino will affect California or be as strong as predicted by experts.  According to “Live Science,” El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns.

“We don’t want to see just the warming in the ocean. We want to see the atmosphere above the ocean respond to the changes,” said Michelle L’Heureux, a climate scientist and lead for the El Niño forecasting team at the Climate Prediction Center: quote from

Southern California has been in a drought for the past 4 years.  But even a strong El Nino will not end the drought.  Many factors play a part in the drought, but the recent storms and snow fall has created hope.  A recent article from San Francisco Chronicles says a comparison is being made from the snowfall/rainfall we’ve had so far this winter and the droughts that ended in the late 70’s and early 90’s due to snowpack in the Sierra’s surpassing 150 percent of average at peak.

A view of the mountains from Westlake Village, California during a foggy, cloudy day with no rain.

It can be a little depressing to get our hopes up as Californians are constantly pumped this information on El Nino and possible showers in the forecast.  Waking up to a cloudy and overcast day without rain can feel as low as waking up in Arkansas.  At least we have a fashion for those cloudy-pretend cold days.

The gloomy looking weather can also be a little uplifting because of the change in scenery.  When you wake up in California it’s blue skies and sunny 284 days out of the year.  Getting a cloud or two can make people freak out because it’s like a foreign object in the sky.  Fog on the other hand is a win-win for scenery lovers, and people needing a little moisture in their skin.  When it’s foggy it doesn’t rain but the precipitation makes the air misty and wet. On days like these I’m usually the one running and having the time of my life enjoying the change in weather! So when you get news like hope for El Nino and no rain comes, just enjoy the scenery.  Be prepared in case the weather channel is finally right of course, but don’t get down-get a great shot and look on the bright side of the sun-rays.

Malibu, California view of the ocean on a cloudy day with calm waves.
A beautiful view of Hidden Valley, California on a foggy day.
Driving on Las Virgenes Road from Calabasas to Malibu, California gets you a gorgeous view of the Santa Monica Mountains.



Published by Laura Goutcher

"Whether you think you can or can't, you're right." ~Henry Ford

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