Southern California Weather Can Be Unpredictable

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Southern California weather can be unpredictable. But being a native (born & raised) of San Diego I already knew that. Much of the country is celebrating this Thanksgiving holiday with Fall-type weather but not good old San Diego. Today it is 29°C/92°F in our fair city—America’s Finest City (their slogan not mine).

From the time I was a young kid (a really, REALLY long time ago) its been that way. Some holiday seasons (Thanksgiving through Christmas & New Years) were bitterly cold, others blustery and rainy, and still others scorching hot with the Santa Ana desert winds unique to Southern California.

In six more days Joel and I will be in Reykjavik, Iceland which has already experienced its first winter snowfall. By comparison, today’s temperature in Reykjavik is -2°C/28°F with snow showers. We’re going to die—literally not figuratively. Actually, if we’re to believe…

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