The weather interfered with my plans this morning. It’s raining and I had planned a long walk along the ocean bluffs since my work schedule is open until late morning. I could go anyway, but the trails will be muddy and I’m quite spoiled by our usually near-perfect stream of sunny days. As a matter of fact, one of the things I love most about Palos Verdes is the weather. I’ve lived in many areas of the United States and the weather here is by far the best in my opinion.

November through March is our winter rainy season in Southern California, although we still have more than our fair share of wonderful sunny days, it’s a good idea to know where your umbrella is, and make sure to grab a jacket before leaving home. It may be sunny in the morning but blustery and cold by afternoon. One of the first things I learned about Palos Verdes weather after moving here nearly 25 years ago was to dress in layers. Then slowly peel away the layers, or add them, as the weather of the day dictates.

When a winter storm arrives it often lingers for a few days. The umbrella becomes your constant companion, then just as you are beginning to feel as though you’re in London or Seattle, the sunshine is back and the umbrella is relegated to rolling around in the trunk of your car once again.

I enjoy the coastal fog and the occasional winter storm, but I like sunshine most of all. I’m happy to report there is plenty of it in Palos Verdes.