Fall in Southern California Is…

by Ginger on September 28, 2013

in Random

Fall in my part of Southern California is basically not fall. It’s *surprising* when the weather cools off in September & October, since it’s very often that these months include some of our hottest days, and Santa Ana winds routinely bring hot and dry conditions that make your skin crackle and increase the wildfire threat. While the pumpkin spice lattes are showing up, we pull out our portable AC to deal with the heat. While the rest of the world is wearing jeans and boots, we’re still in shorts & sandals. So liking fall here isn’t like liking fall most other places. We don’t get changing leaves and cooler weather. We don’t get that crispness in the air that comes with the change of light most other places. We get apple picking in shorts, pumpkin patches in 90 degrees, and Halloween costumes drenched in sweat.

I like the IDEA of fall, the one we are all sold no matter where we live: changing leaves, pumpkin spice, soups and roasted vegetables, crisp air, scarves, etc. I loved fall in New York–one day you would wake up and the air would feel different, and boom, fall had begun. But here, fall is…not that. You guys know I love living here in San Diego, and I even like the weather in the fall to be honest, but it doesn’t feel like it should share the name fall with the rest of the country. Our fall is not THE fall, the one that we all think of when we think of the word.

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Prompt from Bring Back the Words, Week 15

Katherine September 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

What are these “leaves” of which you speak?

Single Mom in the South September 29, 2013 at 5:01 am

Fall in the south is weird as well. I come from the northeast, land of cool, crisp fall days and breathtaking leaves. They told me I’d miss the leaves… I thought they were crazy… after 6 years, I miss the stinkin’ leaves!

Tragic Sandwich September 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

The big thing for me is that the nights cool off. And this time of year is always kind of frustrating for me, because having grown up on the east coast and later returning there for several years, fall is my favorite season (except for the mold, but the changing leaves are *totally* worth that.

Natalie September 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Yep. I’m from L.A., & I often lament the absence of a fall season.

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