May Gray, June Gloom: Where is the Summer Sun?

I’m sure most of you who live in Southern California have heard of June Gloom as well as May Gray.  The former refers to the first couple weeks of June, where weather conditions interfere with summer plans made earlier in the month.  The gray clouds that cover the sun and coolness in the air have a name and it’s called June Gloom.  It seems pretty fitting considering, for some, it’s an unwelcome pause before the sunny, clear skies that we come to expect in the summer.  Others may like it because it’s a nice, cool break before the scorching heat that comes in the second half of June and July.  You may be asking yourself why exactly it is called June Gloom.

May Gray, June Gloom - whatever you want to call it - lingers around Southern California just before the sunny days of summer. How does the gloomy weather pattern work?The answer to this question is quite simple; June Gloom represents the weather that comes at the beginning of June.  Cloudy, cool, perhaps with a bit of humidity but it certainly contrasts with ordinary sunny weather, resulting in gloomy weather.  June Gloom (sometimes May Gray) is a Southern California term for the weather pattern that results in overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer in the mornings and afternoons.  For example, June is the cloudiest month of the year in San Diego.  In the early 20th century, this phenomenon was sometimes known as “high fog”.  So for everyone who lives in Southern California, enjoy the nice, cool break before the summer heat takes over!

The video, below, shows what June Gloom looks like high above the coast-hugging clouds from aboard a passenger jet just after takeoff at LAX:

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Joie Montoya
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