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Personally, I'd Rather Be Blinded By Sameness
While finishing up my packing a few minutes ago, I decided to check the weather at my destination. Since the site I use provides me my current location as a default, though, I got to see the 105+ temperatures predicted for the rest of the week here. I was hoping that the increased humidity today might betoken a slight chance of pre-Monsoon storm activity, but it appears that the days I'm gone will be hot, sunny and dry as a bone, as his typical for late June in the Sonoran Desert.

After I had typed "94720" into the site's location box and was waiting for the report to load, I chided myself for having become so estranged from the Bay Area that I felt the need to look up what I would once have taken on faith. Sure enough, the report was the mind-numbingly repetitious sort that characterize summers on the California coast, with the sole item of interest the possibility that "June gloom" might be less intense than is often the case:
Berkeley weather forecast for June 23-28, 2010
I'm sure there are some who would argue that those temperatures are oppressively cool. These are the sort, often elderly, who move to Tucson not only to stay warm in winter but to bake themselves in the heat of summer. Some of them even complain when it rains. Needless to say, my own preferences are radically opposed to theirs. I'd be perfectly happy to live with the boredom of a Bay Area summer over the excitement of other climes. I do love the Monsoon, mind you, and would want to visit Tucson to experience it should I ever move away. But the thrill of the storms is not enough to compensate for the brutality of the dry season that precedes them.

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leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love the "boredom" of a Bay Area summer. It makes me feel right at home here. In fact, if anything, I'd add rain to the mix, which I'm sure wouldn't make other people quite so happy.
st_ranger From: st_ranger Date: June 23rd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oppressively cool? I live five hours north and we don't even get up into the 70s. We squeal with joy and dig out our beach buckets when the temps hit 65! :p
quuf From: quuf Date: June 23rd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
When I was a kid spending summers in England, the TV weather report invariably featured a map of Britain that was a mix of scattered showers and clearing (Though I may have the nomenclature wrong). And while Northern Ireland was featured, the Republic of Ireland was completely missing, as though it were negligible!
alsoname From: alsoname Date: June 24th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I didn't live there long enough to understand what a Bay Area summer was (I only spent two summers there, in fact), but I remember my first summer there, in 2000, was horrendously hot. More than 100 degrees sometimes, and while walking uphill back from class I'd get faint.
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