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Old 05-21-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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oh no! Not another weather thread.Lol But I figured I'll ask the experts who live here. I love San Francisco, it's my favorite city. Actually. I've visited San Jose a couple of times, been to SF once in September. It was warm and sunny the few days I was there. Since I would love to live there someday.

I know that in the winter there is rain all over the west coast many-a-time.
Is San Francisco more characterized with like Portland weather or more with Los Angeles weather? Is SF more of a rainy city in general? Or is it more of a city with sunshine? Which weather is it more reputable for? Sun/Sunshine or Rain/Cloudy-ness?

BESIDES the Fog. lol
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:52 PM
 
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There is no easy answer to your question. In my experience it depends on the hour of the day and your location in the city.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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It's not a rainy place, nor is it a sunny place most of the time. The fog rolls in at night, then on the eastern part of the city (much of the time) the fog burns off to reveal the sun. Then around three o'clock, the sea breeze/ gusty wind arrives, and then the fog rolls in again a few hours later. This tends to be the general pattern. During September/October we have an "Indian summer". This is the time when you will wake up in the morning and the sun will shine all day and the fog doesn't roll in.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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SF city gets about 20 inches per year, similar to places like Amarillo TX and Fargo ND.

Of course most of it falls between October and May.

Note - many who are unfamiliar with coastal California confuse our summer coastal stratus with significant weather systems. This "fog" as we call it here sometimes even mists or lightly drizzles a bit. But, as we like to say ... "it will burn off by noon!"

Second Note - even though SF city is not very rainy, there are areas within 50 miles of it both north and south that get much, much more rain annually due to orographic uplift, in other words the effect terrain has, causing parcels of air to rise, thereby squeezing out more moisture. Where I live, for example, it can be raining meanwhile it's merely overcast in SF and the other bay side communities in the flat lands.
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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mostly sunny and over cast

mild temperatures

nice breezes near the ocean
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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I was by the Marina green about a month ago, and the wind was so strong and I thought I was going to fall over, had tears in my eyes. Yet there were kids playing soccer and people jogging with their shirts off and I figured this is something you just adapt to.

I read the winds can get up to 50 mph there, and I have no clue how windy it was on the day I was there, but I wonder if the wind is always that extreme?
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Old 05-21-2009, 04:35 PM
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SF might be one of most windy cities in US, esp near Bay and up in hills of Pacific Hts

But upside is some of cleanest air of any city and almost no insects (both in city and suburbs)

Downside of living in SF for a few yrs is one loses ability to tolerate any temps not in the 55-70F range; even a visit to Silicon Valley in non-Winter can seem too hot (SV has LA-like weather)
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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I was by the Marina green about a month ago, and the wind was so strong and I thought I was going to fall over, had tears in my eyes. Yet there were kids playing soccer and people jogging with their shirts off and I figured this is something you just adapt to.

I read the winds can get up to 50 mph there, and I have no clue how windy it was on the day I was there, but I wonder if the wind is always that extreme?
I remember when I used to work on Fillmore St. and the wind gusts would start up..I'd literally have to hang onto a light pole to keep from blowing away! It always seemed like the late afternoon is when they'd start and die down by dinnertime.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:19 PM
 
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More sunny than rainy, at least it is behind the fog. SF is one of the sunniest cities iirc - there are stats on the main site.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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VERYYYY SUNNY if you don't count the fog!
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