Living in California, it didn't always mean the stereotypical sunshine and warm weather. It meant depending on which part of the state you lived in, it could be really warm if you were living out by the desert or pretty muggy in the middle of July.
Wait, California has deserts? Yes, and snowy mountain peaks too. It's only a four hour drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Winters where I live in in California have been significantly cooler and wetter over the past few years. The past week alone has been non-stop rain, and it nearly drove me crazy. Sure it's not as bad as the snow storms the Midwest and East Coast had to deal with, but it was bad enough to cause some nuisances around here like flooded roads and downed trees when the winds were gusting at over 50mph/80kmph.
Several times this past week while going to and from class, I had to find alternative routes because of deep ponds that were forming around the sewer drains and depressions in the ground on campus. My umbrella turned inside out a few times, but thankfully did not break. Yet. :???: My jeans, sneakers, and socks were already soaked through due to the rain going sideways thanks to the wind, so there wasn't much more I could do other than avoid getting more water in my sneakers. By the time I did get home, I was pretty much numb from the waist down. >.<
I honestly thought the rain season would be over after the series of storms we got out here in December, but they came right back in February. And we're supposed to get more rain next week. :wall: Hi again to the snowy peaks and elevations of barely at 3000-ft. (914.4m) while temperatures fall to freezing.
Time to invest in some galoshes, extra pairs of leggings to wear underneath my pants, and unpack the winter coats. The groundhog lied. It's gonna be a long winter. :evil: