May and June are usually our cooler months. They nickname May Gray and June Gloom because it is usually overcast and cool those two months, especially around the beach.
Not this past week. We have had record heat in a condition known as Santa Ana's, high winds, low humidity. Miserable weather, especially if you don't have air conditioning.
Where we live, there is perhaps a total spread out over the whole spring/summer season 30 days top you might need air conditioning and usually not all lumped together, a few days here, a few days there, since we are about 5 miles from the ocean and get the benefit most days of the ocean breeze that comes on in the evenings. It is a fact that no matter how warm the day is, certain times of the year, summer included, you will want to take a light jacket with you for the evening because it will cool down that much.
Our highest temperature this week where we were was 105 degrees.
May I mention again miserable, especially since we don't have air conditioning.
Yet we were not anywhere near the majority of the fires that have been in the news over the past week in the San Diego area.
We personally are about 30 miles from the closest fire. We see the smoke in the sky, but we don't smell it nor is there cinder falling from the sky like other places I've lived when they have had fires.
Its a fact. If you live in Southern California, you will be affected by fires. They will be fueled by the Santa Ana winds and there can and will be fire storms. They will wipe out entire neighborhoods in a short period of time. They are dangerous and they are to be taken seriously.
You look at the sky and you see the smoke and you get a feeling of dread in your stomach because you know it has started and you don't know how long it will last.
We are under extreme drought conditions. We hardly got any rain this year, same as last year. There are talks of water rationing and we have already noticed they have dropped the water pressure in what comes out of our pipes.
It is dry out there.
The typical fire season, if there is such a typical fire season, usually doesn't start this early.
It is scary.
While these particular fires weren't close to us, the next ones could be.
It is so sad to watch the news and see houses destroyed. But there was joy in a family who lost their home, but thought they also lost their dog, only to be reunited with him today.
There is relief from the heat coming in the next few days and we will be back to the usual conditions of the marine layer that comes in and cools us down. We'll be back to the May Gray. It will feel so good.
But I fear it will be a long season ahead.
(Thank you for those who inquired that we were okay, so far, so good, but please pray for those that did lose their homes and for the firemen in extreme conditions fighting these fires)