San Diego Weather Rainfall Data (2022)

John's Recent San Diego Rain File Updates and Rain notes
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Rain totals are for San Diego International Airport (also known as Lindbergh Field)

August 30, 2022 8:11 AM - Rain file updated for August 2022. SD Airport zero, normal is around .01". YTD remains at 2.51" and the 2022-2023 season remains 0.00". Heatwave is upon us things are really going to dry out!

August 1, 2022 11:13 AM - Rain file updated for July 2022. SD Airport zero, normal is around.08". YTD remains at 2.51" and the 2022-2023 season starts with 0.00".

There has been some monsoonal activty, but little here in San Diego County. Quite a bit in the past couple days in the San Bernardino mountains, and a lot in parts of Arizona. Today with less storm debris from AZ, we may see some nice storms develop along the eastern spine. I felt one raindrop yesterday!

June 29, 2022 5:49 PM - Rain file updated for June 2022. SD Airport a trace, pretty typical for June, the average is around .05". YTD remains at 2.51" and the season wraps up at 6.83" well below the normal of about 10" although above last season's very dry 4.51". The prior two seasons had above normal rain. The seasonal chart has been updated.

June 3, 2022 9:55 PM - Rain file updated for May 2022. SD Airport 0.02" well below the normal of .37". YTD 2.51", season to date 6.83".

May 21, 2022 10:48 AM - Rain file updated for April 2022. SD Airport 0.02" well below the normal of .65". YTD 2.49", season to date 6.81".

April 1, 2022 10:54 AM - Rain file updated for March 2022. SD Airport 1.61" slightly above normal. YTD 2.47", season to date 6.79". The dry season is rapidly approaching, let's hope for a good storm or two this April!

February 26, 2022 8:48 AM - Rain file updated for February 2022, no rain possible for the remainder of the month. SD Airport 0.70" again way below normal. YTD 0.86", season to date 5.18".

January 31, 2022 9:20 PM - Rain file updated for January 2022. SD Airport 0.16" way below normal! YTD 0.16", season to date 4.48".

January 1, 2022 1:32 PM - Rain file updated for December. SD Airport 2.58". 2021 Year 7.85", season to date 4.32".

November 26, 2021 7:30 PM - Rain file updated for November. The month has 4 days to go but there is zero, nada, no way there will be any rain in the next four days. If the freaky thing occurs, I'll update the file again. SD Airport 0.00". YTD 5.27", season to date 1.74". This is the 9th time November has had no rain sine 1850, and the first time since 1980.

November 1, 2021 9:32 PM - Rain file updated for October. SD Airport 1.01". YTD 5.27", season to date 1.74"

October 1, 2021 7:35 PM - Rain file updated for September. SD Airport .50" all on one freaky day. YTD 4.26", season to date .73"

September 5, 2021 9:14 PM - Rain file updated for August. SD Airport .23". YTD 3.76", season to date 0.23".

August 1, 2021 9:12 AM - Rain file updated. SD Airport just a trace while most of the county received at least something. YTD 3.53", season to date 0.00

June 30, 2021 10:00 PM - Rain file updated. Just .01", YTD 3.53", season now completed 4.51". 5 of the 10 driest seasonal years have occurred in the last 20 years of the 160 year record.

June 1, 2021 7:53 PM - Rain file updated. Repeat of last month, SD Airport May rainfall: 0.07". YTD 3.52", Season to date 4.50". Again well below normal. The areas of drought in western United States continues to worsen. Hoping for a productive monsoon season, sure need it!

May 1, 2021 12:27 PM - Rain file updated. SD Airport April rainfall: .0.07". YTD: 3.45", Season to date: 4.43". Obviously well below normal. April was particularly disappointing as it was the last month with a reasonable potential to come through. Remember April 2020? A fat 3.68". Statistically May and June bring an average total of .32".

(Video) Rain soaks roads, winds take out powerlines in San Diego

April 1, 2021 9:51 AM - Rain file updated. SD Airport March rainfall: 1.48". YTD: 3.38", Season to date: 4.36" well below normal.

March 3, 2021 8:46 PM - Oops forgot to post February. Done. Just .10" for the month at SD Airport. Was getting very dry here... today's rain helped a lot.

January 30, 2021 10:05 PM - Yes it's early, I've updated the rain file for January. 1.80" for the month at SD Airport.

January 1, 2020 5:05 PM - CORRECTION: while preparing the annual rain chart updates (to be posted real soon now) I discovered that the January 2020 figure in the text file was incorrect: the correct figure is .48" not .43". I have updated the text file to reflect this. This also bring the year total to 7.83".

January 1, 2020 8:58 AM - Rain file updated. .60" for the month of December at SD Airport. Year total 7.83" (corrected from 7.78").

December 1, 2020 8:00 PM - Rain file updated. Just .26" for the month of November at SD Airport. However, here at Elfin Forest we had .88" in November! The rain here triggered some greening , but the last week has been super dry and a prolong Santa Ana is in the forecast with no rain at least until December 10th.

November 3, 2020 3:01 PM - Rain file updated. .12" for the month of October at SD Airport. Had some days with above normal smoke / haze although better than September. Not much going on locally, had some nice sunrises and sunsets the past few days with the passage of an upper level low pressure system.

October 1, 2020 12:15 PM - Rain file updated. 0.00 for the month of September at SD Airport. The third month in a row with zero rain. This year's monsoon season was a huge fail. The fire season started early across large swaths of California, Oregon and Washington. We had a couple weeks of haze, some bordering on unhealthy. To the north the air quality was worse than hazardous and still is quite bad.

September 1, 2020 3:27 PM - Rain file updated. 0.00 for the month of August at SD Airport. Although August was a few degrees above normal temperature with some humidity at times, the monsoon season continued as a major disappointment. We are just a couple weeks away from the end of the season!

August 4, 2020 9:06PM - Rain file updated. 0.00 for the month of July at SD Airport, the fifth year in a row of zero rain in July. Been some left over marine layer season in July providing morning dew. The monsoon season has been a total disappointment, just nothing except a few days of very minimal cumulus over the mountains. Nothing on the horizon for August.

July 3, 2020 9:06 AM - Rain file updated, .14" for June, above normal for this time of the year. The July-June season came in at 13.72" well above normal and the wettest in 15 years. The chart has been updated.

June 2, 2020 7:21 AM - Rain file updated. 0.02 for the month of May at SD Airport. Normal is .12" so not much difference. May gray, June gloom, not much climate change as far as this is concerned! However May did come in 4.7 degrees above normal.

April 30, 2020 8:54 AM - Rain file updated. 3.68" for the month of April at SD Airport, way above normal. My Elfin Forest gauge had 6.91" for the month including .01" from dew the last couple mornings. That's close to a foot of rain in the last two months!!!

March 31, 2020 10:08 PM - Rain file updated. 2.15" for the month of March at SD Airport, about 3/8" above normal. My Elfin Forest gauge had 5.03" for the month, Bankers Hill, not available thanks to the pandemic, certainly over 3" maybe 3.5". Talk of showers or a little more this weekend into next week.

March 1, 2020 3:47 PM - Rain file updated. 0.38" for the month of February, second month in a row way below normal. Last year in January we had 2.80", and this year .43" and last year's February was 3.42"! So we are off to a rather dry start. Our yard is still fairly lush (weeds growing like crazy), but the drying out is well underway and irrigating some areas is now required. The NWS forecast suggests some rain later today or tonight, we've had a trace in Bankers Hill so far. Thanks to an alert viewer, I've corrected the annual rain chart to show "2020" for the current year instead of "2010". No changes required for the data.

January 31, 2020 11:06 AM - Rain file updated. 0.43" for the month of January way below normal. No rain on the horizon. NOTE: On January 1, 2021 I corrected the January figure in the text file: it was .48" for the month.

December 31, 2019 8:25 PM - Rain file updated. A super fat 4.03" for the month, well above normal. The year's total came to 15.28" the most in nine years!

December 1, 2019 6:45 PM - Rain file updated. A fat 2.72" for the month of November, well above normal. California did very well with huge snowfalls in the resort areas like Big Bear. Any thoughts about a returning drought completely smashed, the fire season is certainly over!

November 2, 2019 11:31 AM - Rain file updated, nothing for October, not a trace. There's been two major red flag warning Santa Ana events locally and elsewhere in the state, with several big fires well to the north - not at the Witch Creek / Cedar / Camp fire levels - but still destructive and deadly. Too early to start talking about a return of the drought - but on notice as the first two weeks of November look to be bone dry.

September 30, 2019 3:23 PM - Rain file updated, .11" for September, roughly normal for the month. Around the second week of September the weather pattern switched from the occasional weak monsoon, to the fall pattern of weak troughs from the NW with the continuing usual small chance of tropical storm debris coming up Baja.

(Video) Record breaking rainfall soaks San Diego County

August 31, 2019 9:37 AM - Rain file updated, nothing for August, certainly none will fall on this last day. Monsoon activity continues well below normal and talk of drought to the east is increasing. However, there is monsoonal rain to the east predicted for this coming week, will monitor.

August 1, 2019 9:19 AM - Rain file updated, nothing for July accept for a trace on the 25th. Quite normal for July, the fourth year in a row with zero. Monsoon activity to the East has been light.

July 1, 2019 9:28 PM - Rain file updated, .01" for June, typical for this time of the year. The July-June season came in at 12.84" nicely above normal. Will be updating the chart.

May 31, 2019 8:00 PM - Rain file updated, .80" for May, well above normal. The rain was scattered throughout the month, making the month seem wetter than it really was. The weather pattern now appears to be more normal, maybe June will be our first zero month of the dry season. If June does come in at zero, we'll still end up with 12.83" for the July-June season, almost 4 times last year's seasonal total of just 3.40".

May 2, 2019 11:56 AM - Rain file updated, .16" for April, well below normal and the second below normal month in a row. The top few inches of ground are now quite dry

March 31, 2019 7:31 PM - Rain file updated, 1.23" for March, the first below normal month for the San Diego Airport since November. At my Bankers Hill gauge just a few miles away as the crow flies, we had 1.85", quite a difference! I'd like to see at least one good rain in April, say an inch or so as the top soil is already beginning to dry out, but statistics and the current weather pattern do not favor this.

March 1, 2019 8:08 AM - Rain file updated, 3.42" for February about 1.5" above normal! I figure the SD airport already has had 10.64" for the winter season, more than the yearly seasonal average of just under 10". Here in Banker's Hill we've had 13.1" since late November, probably over 14" for the winter season.

February 1, 2019 1:43 PM - Rain file updated, 2.80" for January. We've had excellent rainfall since late November, the area is as lush as I've seen it in a long time. Another storm is predicted for tomorrow. At my gauge in Bankers Hill we've had 8.6" of rain since late November and with tomorrow's storm we may reach close to the amount which falls in a year!

January 1, 2019 1:16 PM - Rain file updated, 3.02" for December, well above the normal of 1.79, and 7.65" for the year, below the normal of 9.83".

December 2, 2018 11:53 AM - Rain file updated, 0.81" for November about .20" below normal. San Diego airport had one of the lowest readings for San Diego county coastal and mountain areas in November, the situation for the county is better than indicated.

November 1, 2018 11:58 AM - Rain file updated, 0.57" for October, exactly normal for the airport! Most of the rain at the airport fell on October 12, .49" worth, my gauge recorded .60". For the month .66" fell here. Amazingly just that rain was enough to green up things somewhat, particularly our jade plants. Been very dry since then, we'll need a good soaking in November to keep things from regressing.

October 3, 2018 9:30 AM - Rain file updated, nothing for September.

August 31, 2018 9:18 PM - Rain file updated. 0.02" for August - recorded at the airport on August 16, but nothing here. So .02" gets added to the file. Monsoonal moisture has been notably absent this year, very few days so far in the July-August period with storms in the mountains. The season ends around mid September and so far nothing is in the forecast. See Weather Notes about the heat (to be posted September 1)

August 1, 2018 10:41 AM - Rain file updated, nothing for July except a trace on the first day - pretty normal for July. Been muggy for over a week with some monsoonal moisture over the mountains and to east in Arizona, but nothing here.

June 30, 2018 3:39 PM - Rain file updated, nothing for June. The July-June rainy season measuring interval shows just 3.4" of rain for San Diego, the second driest in San Diego's history with 2001-2002 @ 2.99 being the driest.

June 1, 2018 2:22 PM - Rain file updated, .12" for May, right at the NWS normal for the month; my long history has about .26" as being normal. Yesterday, I recorded just over .02" in the morning, the airport had a trace. We continue on track for the second lowest July-June rainy season total.

May 1, 2018 10:26 AM - Rain file updated, 0.02" for April, obviously another below normal month. For the last 10 months we are at 3.28" at the airport, the second lowest since records began in 1850. .1"to .25" is predicted for the next day, a small morsel for this hungry Earth.

March 31, 2018 9:16 PM - Rain file updated, 0.95" for March, another below normal month. California had good rains to the north and the reservoirs are in good condition.

March 1, 2018 9:07 AM - Rain file updated, 0.36" for February, well below the normal of around 2". Locally I measured .34" for the month. Most areas of San Diego County coast and mountains had more.

February 2, 2018 8:58 AM - Rain file updated, 1.78" for January, .2" below normal. Almost all of rain came from the one excellent storm. Been dry for the past three weeks.

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December 30, 2017 3:18 PM - Rain file updated, just .07" for December. This completes the driest June-December stretch in San Diego history going back to 1852, with just .19".

December 3, 2017 4:35 PM - Rain file updated, just .02" for November. The NWS is saying that it is likely there will be no rain through the first two weeks of December, making this the driest start of the rainy season since 1929! My records show there was no rain in December 1929, but the following January had 3.90". This year we are showing 0.10" since the first of September. 1929 had 0.26" in September followed by no rain for the rest of the year.

November 1, 2017 11:35 AM - Rain file updated, a trace for October. Last five months had just 1/10 of an inch total, not unusual. There's talk of some rain this weekend, we'll see!

October 1, 2017 6:27 PM - Rain file updated, .08" for September. One more normally dry month to go then hopefully we'll see some good rains in November!

September 1, 2017 8:28 PM - Rain file updated, second consecutive trace month. A few fat raindrops on the 28th from a small cell with three cracks of thunder, but not enough to register.

August 1, 2017 3:45 PM - Rain file updated, a trace for July at the airport. We had one day with raindrops to just wet the ground, but my gauge failed to record anything. The ground is now seasonally dry, but overall OK, no increase in the drought level. Been some rain in the mountains but nothing particularly noteworthy. Here's hoping for something to reach the coast this month.

June 30, 2017 10:51 AM - Rain file updated, .02" for June thanks to a deep drizzly marine layer on June 11, the same amount for the month I recorded. The seasonal chart for 2016-2017h as been updated, the season came in at 12.97", almost 3 inches above normal and the third year of increase in a row.

June 9, 2017 10:36 PM - Rain file updated. .92" for May, nicely above normal and much needed after a couple dry months. Great shape for the summer. Note: I was away in the U.K., sorry for the late update!

May 1, 2017 2:20 PM - Rain file updated. Just .01" for April at the airport. Nothing in my gauge. So after three great months of rain, we've had almost nothing for two months. Makes for an "ideal" allergy season, I'm sure feeling it!

Reinhard Flick a coastal oceanographer at Scripps Oceanography kindly shared a cool graph he derived from the rain file data using October through September as the yearly interval. The graph brings out long term wetter normal and dryer than normal spells in visual from.

He wrote: "The red bars are the average annual (oct-sep) averages, and the black line is the cumulative residual. This is calculated by first subtracting the long-term average (now 9.88 in from 1850 to 2016 [...]) from each annual total to first get the residual, which of course can be positive or negative depending if rainfall was higher or lower than average that year. Second, the residuals are accumulated, that is the second year is the sum of the first two, the third the sum of the first three and so on."

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April 1, 2017 10:48 AM - Rain file updated. Just .08" for March, about 5% of normal. The drought code for San Diego did drop in March to just "abnormally dry" the lowest of the codes. The top inch to inch and a half of the soil is now hard and dry, while deeper down there is plenty of moisture, a reversal of recent years. Still hoping for one more good rain before the dry season intensifies, but nothing is in the forecast.

March 1, 2017 7:48 AM - Rain file updated. The historic rain of February 27 with 2.34" at the airport brought the total for February to 3.71". The last three months have seen 4.22", 3.01" and 3.71" for a total of 10.94" more than a year's worth! During this time the drought code for San Diego has dropped two notches from Exceptional to Moderate, and I hope at least another notch reduction tomorrow.

February 2, 2017 10:58 AM - Rain file updated. The wonderful river of water went dry on January 24, with 3.01" for the month at that time. Been bone dry since, 3.01" was the final total, well above the average of 1.89".

January 18, 2017 3:43 PM - Rain file updated. The correct total for 2016 was 10.23" not 10.44". Thank you Jay Hansen for alerting about the error. The graphic for 2016 will be updated later today.

January 1, 2017 5:29 PM - Rain file updated. December 4.22", more than twice the normal amount! Most of this in the second half of the month. Should be very helpful for the drought as the year came in at 10.44", the second year in a row at or slightly above normal. First year since 2010 San Diego broke 10". The U.S. Drought Monitor still has San Diego as being in "Extreme" drought. Perhaps we can finally back off to being "just" Severe? Or maybe even "just" Moderate?

November 29, 2016 4:13 PM - Rain file updated. November .61", about 1/3" below normal. Some parts of the county had rain well above normal. I can confidently say there will be no rain tomorrow, this month is done.

November 2, 2016 11:32 AM - Rain file updated. October just .07" well below normal, with temperature well above normal. No rain in sight for the first week or so of November.

October 8, 2016 6:50 PM - Rain file updated. August was zero, September .32" thanks to the remnants of a tropical disturbance.

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August 1, 2016 1:36 PM - Rain text file updated, July a trace, making two trace months in a row. About 1 out of 3 years will see a June-July with 0" of rain, so this is not unusual. However, my yard sure needs rain!

July 5, 2016 9:10 AM - Rain text file updated, June a trace, pretty typical for this time of the year. The 2015-2016 season came in at 11.03", about an inch above normal and the highest in five years.

June 1, 2016 7:37 PM - Rain text file updated, May .44" inches of rain, .32" inch above normal.

May 2, 2016 11:35 AM - Rain text file updated, April .55" inches of rain, .23" inch below normal.

April 1, 2016 1:45 PM - Rain text file updated, March .76" inches of rain, about an inch below normal.

March 1, 2016 10:35 AM - Rain text file updated, February just 0.05" inches of rain.

February 1, 2016 12:53 PM - Rain text file updated, January 3.21" well above normal! Meanwhile northern CA has continued to received substantial rains and there has been very significant increases in reservoir levels in the northern part of the state this past month.

December 31, 2015 8:47 PM - File updated, December 0.88"', about half of normal. The year came in at 9.89" almost the exactly the same as the normal amount of 9.85". There has been a slight increase in the reservoir levels in northern CA this past month, but continue well below normal throughout the state and much lower than they were at the start of the year.

December 1, 2015 4:30 PM - File updated, November 1.54", about 50% above normal. YTD is 9.01" already the wettest year in four years and about 3/4" above normal YTD. The reservoir levels throughout the state remain well below normal.

November 2, 2015 6:44 PM - File updated, October .43", just about normal. The year at 7.47" (corrected December 1 from 7.44") is still running about 1/4" above normal.

October 1, 2015 12:21 PM - File updated, September 1.24", obviously well above the the normal of 0.05". I have the first nine months at 7.04" about 1/4" ABOVE normal for the year! I have the last five months at 5.39" an all time record for San Diego in the normally dry period, trouncing the previous record of 3.95" set in 1977 (September of that year had no measurable rain).

September 1, 2015 10:07 PM - File updated, August 0.01", pretty usual for a typically dry August. Inland monsoonal rains I think were a bit below normal.

August 3, 2015 3:31 PM - File updated, July 1.71", historical by all measures!

July 19, 2015 7:07 PM - We've had extraordinary rains in the last couple days.

July 2, 2015 12:10 PM - File updated, June .04". The 2014-2015 season came in at 9.01", about an inch below normal, but the highest amount in four years.

May 31, 2015 8:50 PM - File updated, May 2.39", smashing the normal figure of 0.25". San Diego had the second wettest May on record, going back to 1852! The July 2014 - June 2015 seasonal total is now at 8.99", the wettest in four years and only an inch below normal

May 5, 2015 12:38 PM - File updated, April .02", obviously well below the normal of .7". Since 1852 only three years have had drier first four months than this year's 1.65". 2002 saw 1.58", 1984 saw 1.21" and 1972 an ultra dry 0.19". The average is 6.09".

March 31, 2015 8:07 PM - File updated, March .93". All of it fell in the first two days of the month, then nothing. So with the first three months well below normal, unfortunately the drought is going into the fourth year, consequences could be considerable. March also came in as the warmest March in San Diego history, beating last year's record by more than 2 degrees. Evidence from many sources indicate we are in a world wide warming trend.

March 2, 2015 7:30 PM - Yesterday came in at .68", shortchanged! Today has brought in .23" so far. Again inland and northern areas in San Diego county received more: there, the vegetation must be quite happy with all this rain!

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The explorer John C. Fremont is credited with giving the region its name. That lower pressure is found off the Southern California coast. The pressure gradient, or difference, between the high pressure air in the Great Basin and the lower pressure air at the coast creates the Santa Ana winds.

What day has the highest rainfall in California? ›

Photo courtesy of Erdenebayar & Pixabay.com. California's Record Rainfall for a 24-hour period was 25.83 inches, occurring January 22-23, 1943, at Hoegee's Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County (about 1.8 miles southeast of Mount Wilson and two miles north of Sierra Madre).

Where is the cheapest place to live in San Diego? ›

These are the best affordable neighborhoods in San Diego.
  • Serra Mesa. We'll start by discussing Sera Mesa, a diverse community featuring quite a few families and young professionals. ...
  • Normal Heights. ...
  • Linda Vista. ...
  • Mission Valley. ...
  • Downtown. ...
  • Chula Vista. ...
  • Lemon Grove. ...
  • There Are Plenty of Affordable Neighborhoods in San Diego.
5 Jan 2022

Is San Diego in drought? ›

Most of San Diego's water is purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority, which has determined that the region's water supply is currently stable but the "dire drought in Northern California and throughout the West requires all water customers to help reduce water use," a city statement read.

What is a livable wage in San Diego? ›

Living Wage Calculation for San Diego County, California
1 ADULT2 ADULTS (1 WORKING)
0 Children0 Children
Living Wage$22.74$34.15
Poverty Wage$6.19$8.38
Minimum Wage$15.00$15.00

What is the gloomiest city in the US? ›

Anchorage, AK

With an average of over 230 cloudy days per year, Anchorage is the gloomiest city in the United States. This high number of cloudy days actually means that Anchorage spends about 65% of every year under clouds.

What state rains a lot? ›

Rainiest States in America

Hawaii overall is the rainiest state in the US, with a state-wide average of 63.7 inches (1618 millimetres) of rain a year.

What is the driest city in the US? ›

1. Yuma. Yuma is situated in the southwestern part of Arizona. In addition to being the sunniest and one of the warmest cities in the United States of America, Yuma is also the driest city in the country.

How much rain does California need to get out of drought? ›

After a scorching summer, experts say it would take 7 to 10 inches of rainfall to get the soil damp enough to provide runoff to depleted reservoirs such as Sonoma County's Lake Mendocino. It would take more than two feet of rainfall by the end of December to end the ongoing drought in the area by the end of the year.

Where is the rainiest place on earth? ›

Photographer Amos Chapple returns to our site once once again, bringing amazing images from the state of Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest spot on Earth. The village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya receives 467 inches of rain per year.

What city has the most rainy days? ›

Key Findings. The wettest city in the world is Buenaventura, where it rains 258 days per year.

What state has the worst weather? ›

Here's a list of the 10 worst weather states in the U.S.:
  1. California. Extreme weather score: 73.1. ...
  2. Minnesota. Extreme weather score: 68.6. ...
  3. Illinois. Extreme weather score: 67.8. ...
  4. Colorado. Extreme weather score: 67. ...
  5. South Dakota. Extreme weather score: 64.5. ...
  6. Kansas. Extreme weather score: 63.7. ...
  7. Washington. ...
  8. Oklahoma.
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What state is not too hot and not too cold? ›

San Diego is the textbook example of beautiful year-round climate. It's never too hot and never too cold, with a very minimal amount of that pesky California fog to get in the way—when it does roll in, it burns off pretty quickly in the morning. Winters average at 57° F, summers at 72° F—72° F, people!

What state has the best climate? ›

California

What part of California has more water? ›

Around 75% of California's water supply comes from north of Sacramento, while 80% of the water demand occurs in the southern two-thirds of the state.

Is San Diego on water rationing? ›

The City of San Diego has year-round permanent mandatory water restrictions in place. These restrictions are designed to promote water conservation as a permanent way of life in San Diego.

Why is water so scarce in San Diego? ›

Most of the water that the San Diego CWA gets from MWD is from the Colorado River. There are no untapped potential water resources aside from desalination of sea water, which is expensive, energy intensive and doesn't currently have the capacity to meet the county's current usage shortfall.

Do any celebrities live in San Diego? ›

Both Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have houses there. The Fairgrounds and Racetrack is a good place to begin your search. Rancho Santa Fe has been a favorite haunt of Bing Crosby and Howard Hughes. Let's not forget about Phil Mickelson, Bill Gates, and Jenny Craig.

Can you drink the tap water in San Diego? ›

Can You Drink Tap Water in San Diego? Yes, many people safely drink the tap water (and even more brush their teeth with it) throughout San Diego County. Many people in the city already do, with or without filtration systems.

Does CA dump water into the ocean? ›

Start with basic geography. California's two largest rivers don't flow to the Pacific Ocean — at least not directly. The Sacramento (from the north) and San Joaquin (from the south) actually flow into what's officially called the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, known colloquially as the Delta.

Why is San Diego weather so perfect? ›

San Diego has a marine climate, strongly influenced by cool Pacific Ocean temperatures that annually range from the upper 50s to upper 60s. As the cool ocean air spreads inland it gradually warms, with much higher temperatures in the inland valleys.

Where is the safest place to live in San Diego? ›

5 Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in San Diego
  • Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Normal Heights.
  • Rancho Bernardo.
  • Rancho Penasquitos.
  • Scripps Ranch.
18 Aug 2022

Is it cheaper to live in LA or San Diego? ›

Cost of Living in San Diego vs Los Angeles, Who Wins? The answer is San Diego. San Diego wins by a nose as it's, on average, 13% more affordable than LA. With a score of 160/100 for San Diego vs 173/100 for Los Angeles, one thing's for sure; both cities are expensive.

Why is San Diego cool in summer? ›

For most of the summer, a trough of low pressure hung over the West Coast. That made the general flow pattern in San Diego onshore, meaning air over the cool ocean was drawn inland. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure persisted over much of the eastern U.S., where record highs were common.

Does San Diego have a Mediterranean climate? ›

For starters, San Diego is located between 30 and 45 degrees latitude, the same distance from the equator as southern Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain, which gives all these places a Mediterranean climate.

What is the hottest month in San Diego? ›

August has an average maximum temperature of 25°C (77°F) and is the warmest month of the year. Which is the coldest month in San Diego? The coldest month is December with an average maximum temperature of 19°C (66°F).

Is San Diego more humid than Santa Barbara? ›

Highlights. - San Diego has 36.8% less rainy days than Santa Barbara.

Why is San Diego so humid? ›

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said the extra humidity is caused by a monsoonal weather pattern that sends air currents from the south across San Diego County. Those air currents pick up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of California and bring the moisture to our region.

Is San Diego a nice place to live? ›

Not only is America's Finest City one of the best places to live on the West Coast and one of the best places for veterans to retire, but it also has great employment opportunities, a plethora of beautiful beaches, top-notch cuisine, affordable neighborhoods, and much more!

Does LA or San Diego have better weather? ›

Los Angeles averages 284 sunny days per year. The US average is 205 sunny days. San Diego, California gets 11.7 inches of rain, on average, per year. Los Angeles, California gets 15.5 inches of rain, on average, per year.

Is San Diego cooler than Los Angeles? ›

San Diego runs a bit cooler than Los Angeles despite being located 120 miles south of LA. This is because more of the city is closer to the Pacific Ocean; the city comprises of a lower percentage of inland land when compared to Los Angeles.

Does it rain alot in San Diego? ›

San Diego, California gets 12 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. San Diego averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

Why is it so windy in San Diego? ›

The explorer John C. Fremont is credited with giving the region its name. That lower pressure is found off the Southern California coast. The pressure gradient, or difference, between the high pressure air in the Great Basin and the lower pressure air at the coast creates the Santa Ana winds.

What day had the highest rainfall ever in San Diego? ›

During that time the biggest one-day rainstorm recorded there dropped 3.34 inches (84.8 millimetres) of water on December 2, 1854.
...
San Diego - Extreme Daily Rainfall for Each Year.
InchesDateMillimetres
2.24January 04, 199556.9
1.00March 19, 199425.4
1.80January 15, 199345.7
1.95March 02, 199249.5
145 more rows

Is San Diego considered a desert? ›

What is Climate and Weather in San Diego? San Diego is located within a coastal desert climate. high but not as extreme temperatures as an inland desert.

Is San Diego expensive to live? ›

San Diego is an expensive place to live. According to NerdWallet, San Diego is the 14th most expensive city in the country. However, like any city, the cost to live in San Diego will vary wildly depending on your lifestyle and housing circumstances.

Where is the cheapest warm place to live? ›

The 10 Sunniest, and Most Affordable, Cities for Retirees
  • Ely, Nevada. 73% chance of sunshine / 47.00% less expensive than national median new home price. ...
  • Amarillo, Texas. 73% chance of sunshine / -34.73% less than national median new home price. ...
  • Lubbock, Texas. ...
  • El Paso, Texas. ...
  • Yuma, Ariz. ...
  • Phoenix, Ariz. ...
  • Tucson, Ariz.

Where is it 70 degrees year round in the United States? ›

While temperatures fluctuate throughout the year in most U.S. states, there are some that see averages around 70-degree weather year-round. These states include Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico.

What U.S. city has the best weather? ›

The No. 1 city with the best weather in the U.S.? Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu took the top spot with an average annual temperature of 77.7 degrees. While the city endures an average of 93 rainy days per year, it also averages 90 sunny days and zero days where the temperature dips below freezing.

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