Thursday 7 December 2017

Winters on the West Coast

Winter weather on the west coast is tough to predict. Yes generally it is rainy and grey, but then some years you get unexpected sunshine in December. Most years in February you can count on some days of sunshine. Some years we get a lot of snow while other years we get barely a trace.

Being by the coast though, winters are always beautiful. The light in winter is different, even on sunny days, with the sun further south and not directly overhead as it is in the summer. The storms are breathtaking. While the grey can sometimes be monotonous, it can also provide calm.

Right now we are in the midst of warmer days and cooler nights, which on the coast means one thing -- fog! Some days the sun is breaking through, but many days right at the water's edge the fog stays. As soon as you get up a hill or away from the water, you see the blue sky above. Eerie and magical all at once.

We are used to being called the wet coast, but true west coasters learn to embrace the wacky west coast winters. It gives us abundant green foliage (our lawns are greenest in the winter and our many evergreens dominate the landscape), exhilarating storms and misty fog. 

It's a Coastal Lifestyle ... Live It!

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