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Old 06-07-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I will relocate to the Bay area later this summer. This forum has been very helpful.

I have a question about weather patterns in the Bay Area. My wife and I are looking very closely at San Rafael in part because it is markedly warmer than San Francisco. However, according to the data I've seen, it also gets significantly more rainfall than San Francisco.

This leads to my question - does San Rafael gets more rainy days than San Francisco, or does it just tend to rain harder there?

Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:38 PM
 
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I will relocate to the Bay area later this summer. This forum has been very helpful.

I have a question about weather patterns in the Bay Area. My wife and I are looking very closely at San Rafael in part because it is markedly warmer than San Francisco. However, according to the data I've seen, it also gets significantly more rainfall than San Francisco.

This leads to my question - does San Rafael gets more rainy days than San Francisco, or does it just tend to rain harder there?

Thanks.
Usually it rains harder there. The storms generally come in from the north and hit Marin before SF, but I am not sure if that makes much difference. It is very unlikely for a storm to hit San Rafael and not SF. If it is raining in one on a day than it is rainy in the other. Don't worry though, rain isn't too much of a problem in the Bay Area, certainly not in summers and not much of one in winter either. On a side note, SR is a really cool town. Great weather, great location, and a fitting downtown.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:30 AM
 
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Thank you. Very helpful.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I personally used to love San Rafeal and for the most part the rains were not a problem. Oh sure, there were times when it just poured down for a few days, but overall, considering the nice summers and less fog than San Francisco I would take San Rafeal.

Nita
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:23 PM
 
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I personally used to love San Rafeal and for the most part the rains were not a problem. Oh sure, there were times when it just poured down for a few days, but overall, considering the nice summers and less fog than San Francisco I would take San Rafeal.

Nita
Thanks. Do you have any experience taking the ferry into SF? Since the Bart doesn't serve Marin, I'm trying to figure out the best way to get into the city every day for work (SOMA). The ferry seems like a good option.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Taking the ferry from Larkspur is a nice way to commute. Then a stroll to wherever in SOMA. Nice gig.
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Old 06-08-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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I will relocate to the Bay area later this summer. This forum has been very helpful.

I have a question about weather patterns in the Bay Area. My wife and I are looking very closely at San Rafael in part because it is markedly warmer than San Francisco. However, according to the data I've seen, it also gets significantly more rainfall than San Francisco.

This leads to my question - does San Rafael gets more rainy days than San Francisco, or does it just tend to rain harder there?

Thanks.
It rains about the same number of days in San Rafael (66) as it does in San Francisco (67). It just rains harder because the rain coming over the larger mountains in Marin County gets squeezed out, creating heavier precipitation.

Here's the rainfall data for San Rafael:

SAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary

And the data for San Francisco's Mission Dolores:

SAN FRAN MISSION DOLORE, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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It rains about the same number of days in San Rafael (66) as it does in San Francisco (67). It just rains harder because the rain coming over the larger mountains in Marin County gets squeezed out, creating heavier precipitation.

Here's the rainfall data for San Rafael:

SAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary

And the data for San Francisco's Mission Dolores:

SAN FRAN MISSION DOLORE, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary
Thanks, that answers the question. The microclimates impacting this region are really amazing. We don't have anything like it on the east coast. Thanks again.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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Thanks, that answers the question. The microclimates impacting this region are really amazing. We don't have anything like it on the east coast. Thanks again.
You're welcome. I'm from the East Coast originally and find the microclimates fascinating .
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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Since the two cities are only around 15 miles apart the amount of rainy days will be the same. Because of the mountains due west of San Rafael, the amount of rainfall increases. All that means is that when a storm moves into the Bay Area the amount of actual rainfall is normally higher in San Rafael than San Francisco. Otherwise there is virtually no difference in how many days it rains. Those mountains in Marin county also provide San Rafael with a much warmer summer [slightly over 10 degrees warmer than San Francisco and without the wind].
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