Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-Season – 365/Day 163

When people think about Los Angeles, they usually think of sunny days, blue skies, warm and pleasant weather all year long. What they don’t know is that May and June can be pretty gloomy in L.A. due to a phenomenon called “Marine Layer,” a dense mass of cool, moist air that accumulates over the surface of the ocean, causing that morning, and sometimes afternoon, fog that plagues many areas of Southern California. The phenomenon happens when the air close to the ground is colder, rather than warmer, while warm air above presses down on it, preventing it from dissipating. It usually starts in May (“May gray”), increases in June (the infamous “June gloom”), and sometimes sticks around in July (“no-sky July”). It’s a strange phenomenon that makes days look and feel like it’s winter or fall. Most of the time the sun comes out later in the day, but this week it has been losing the battle and it looks like winter around here, when it’s practically summer! That is definitely off-season, no? Here’s a taste of June gloom…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Los Angeles is known for beautiful, sunny weather, and that’s indeed what we get here most of the time. But when moving from district to district in this huge metropolis, one must be ready for changes in temperature within just a few miles, and for other unexpected changes…

The day I shot these, we had spent time in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills areas, where the weather was sunny and pleasant. Driving back to Santa Monica, as we moved closer to the ocean, we ran into increasingly low fog that foreshadowed the creepiest-looking night one could imagine.

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