El Centro, California, is 40 feet below sea level. It was shorts and air conditioning weather yesterday afternoon. About 93 degrees. Then 25 miles west, at Ocotillo, the highway begins to climb into the mountains: 3,000 feet in 12 miles. And the temperature rapidly drops.
Coyote’s Flying Saucer Retrievals & Repairs atop the first summit. But it was in the 60s because of another factor. Hot air rising in the desert was drawing cool ocean air over the mountains.
layer of colder air along the coast.
That’s why this visit to the Coast will be short. Say hi to my Los Angeles friends, stare at the ocean for a while, then head back inland in search of perfect weather. But I'll be back. More than once. Autumn is a great time to be on the West Coast.