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Old 09-22-2010, 11:41 PM
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The last day of summer is Wednesday, but meteorologists say the season barely bothered to show up in the region this year. So cooler fall will make an almost noiseless entrance Thursday, hardly indistinguishable from the summer Southern Californians just experienced.

“Summer played hooky on us. It never really showed up,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. “We leaped from spring to fall.”

Patzert said a low-pressure trough that stalled along the West Coast from Alaska to southern Baja California kept the summer cooler than usual, with many overcast days. Monthly temperatures in downtown Los Angeles from April to now have averaged between one to three degrees cooler than normal.

Patzert said it’s one of the coolest summers in decades.

Jamie Meier, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said that LAX tied the coldest average temperature for August on record, going back to 1944.

The Santa Barbara airport also broke a record for coolest August, she said. The weather service is predicting a La Nina cycle that could mean drier-than-normal conditions. That isn’t always the case during La Nina, said Meier. But more often than not it is, she said.

Thoughout the summer, communities across Southern California set record low temperatures, notably Los Angeles International Airport and other coastal areas.
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Could it be we are just all more aware of each area's weather patterns?
I remember getting up one fall day in NE Florida and running down to my favorite spot near the river and seeing icicles over the marshes and a snowy haze. It was breathtakingly beautiful, but very rare in such a climate. Also in the 50s it snowed (and laid not melting for awhile) right on the beach near A1A!
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Could it be we are just all more aware of each area's weather patterns?
I remember getting up one fall day in NE Florida and running down to my favorite spot near the river and seeing icicles over the marshes and a snowy haze. It was breathtakingly beautiful, but very rare in such a climate. Also in the 50s it snowed (and laid not melting for awhile) right on the beach near A1A!
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Absolutely. Southern California had a very cool summer. So did the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Northern plain states. You will always have regions that are well below normal and regions that are well above normal. Itís what is happening overall that counts. The contiguous 48 states represent only 2% of the earthís surface so even looking at it as a whole isnít especially relevant but naturally people living in the US are far more aware of their own weather. The country did have a very hot summer though, above normal regions certainly out numbered below normal regions. Numerous cities in the Southeast and up along the East coast had all time record hot summers (June-August). Far more relevant is we have seen very warm temperatures globally for almost all of 2010. There will always be chaos and substantial regional climatic variation over the short term, it is the longer term trend that is important.

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