So I can tell you this with 100% certainty, people move to and move away from San Diego. There are a thousand reasons to do so. I can tell you one thing for sure. The reason they leave is not because of the weather. When you live in San Diego, you can get drastically different weather and climate experiences on the same day while being only miles apart.
Back in 2014, there was a study done by none other than consumer favorite (realtor despised) Zillow that took data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the U.S. department of commerce, to determine which city in the entire country had the most pleasant weather.
Pleasant weather was defined as having an average temperature between 55 to 75 degrees, minimum temperature above 45 degrees, and no significant rain or snow. They ran the data to determine which city had the most days. San Diego came out on top with 261 days on average of pleasant days. The other 4 to round out the top 5 cities where Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Jacksonville. Not only did San Diego win the pleasant day category, we are also ranked less expensive than Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco (our only semi in-state competition). The cost of living is lower in Jacksonville but they are on the East coast, and they are not even close TO San Diego as far as pleasant days. They had 118 days versus our 261. Not to mention quality of life, San Diego crushes all these cities as far as life quality ratings and happy people ratings.
Here are a few things you should know while living here.
Not Always Sunny at the Beach
Number one is going to be just because the sun is shining and the heat is blazing in lets say La Mesa, it might still be overcast and cloudy at the beach. This is a fact, we get a serious June gloom or may gray during the summer around the coastal communities in the morning and sometimes even into the afternoon. This stretches up and down the pristine san Diego coastline. If you are living inland and thinking about going to down to the beach to work on that tan or catch a few waves, check the web cams out there. They are live and are going 24/7 for the most part. Here are links to several of the most popular San Diego Beach Cams:
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San Diego Gets Snow
Number two is that although San Diego averages zero snowfall per given year, there are certain parts of San Diego (think the remote areas) that get cold and do get a little bit of snowfall. Don’t go thinking you might have a chance of a white Christmas in Pacific beach or anything like that. But if you hop in the car and are willing to drive for an hour or so (depends on where you are coming from) head to Julian. If you haven’t been there, I highly recommend it. Amazing little town, famous for the incredible apple pies, great little shops, the complete countryside experience. Also hit up Dudley’s Bakery on the way (Trust me, you will thank me after). A couple other San Diego locations that get snow are going to be Mt. Laguna, Palomar Mountain, and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
It Gets Humid
Number 3 is going to be humidity in the summer time. Alrighty, I get it. I know we are not humid like Florida, or New Jersey, or the East / South… But if you live here for even a short amount of time, your body will acclimate and get used to the amazing weather. When August hits and that humidity rolls in, it’s going to feel like you are in Florida. Humidity rolls in in usually late July and sticks around (no pun intended) until middle until late September. The third week in September to about the first week or so in November is the best weather in San Diego. At least my favorite.
If the Mediterranean had Beaches
Number 4 is going to be you will find San Diego is technically classified as a Mediterranean climate (there are a bunch of California cities that are classified this way but we tend to be generally more arid and dry than typical cities in the classification. We are basically a desert with beaches. It’s pretty amazing.
Santa Ana Winds
Number 5 is that during the fall we get what’s called Santa Ana winds. Basically dry hot heat blowing in from the deserts outside the county in the desert parts. All of southern California gets these winds. Most are no big deal but every now and then you get some serious strength and those things can cause major damage.
So that’s a little bit about the weather in San Diego and a few tips for you. All in, most days in San Diego are so nice. We are so spoiled here with the weather. Its easy to forget how nice and easy we have it, at least as far as the weather and climate goes.