Is San Dieog pretty in October & November?

Apr 12th, 2013, 10:19 PM
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Barbara - please correct wikipedia, which I just looked up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Ana_winds

lecuy - my wife spent the first 45 years of her life, including university, in San Diego.

I'll take her advice over someone who went to school there once.
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Apr 12th, 2013, 11:41 PM
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Zippy asked "are the local flowers and grass still in full swing at that time?" and if it will be as pretty as April. The answer is probably not, but I think it is still a nice time to visit.
Rasta, I'm sure you trust your wife more than us. But I spent the first 18 years of my life in San Diego and have been a very frequent visitor and property owner the last 40 years. My father was a pilot, sailor, and gardener, and bicyclist so weather was noticed in our family. Nanabee is a life-long San Diegan, and I believe Barbara is also a long time resident.

Your wife thinks Santa Anas don't affect San Diego much. Others here absolutely think they do. So people disagree on the weather; why are you making this personal?
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Apr 12th, 2013, 11:49 PM
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And can't imagine why Barbara would need to correct Wikipedia. Everything she said is right there under "Etymology".
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Apr 13th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Geesh. Rastaguy is now the San Diego weather expert too?

By the Ocean - IMO - you hardly notice the Santa Anas - and Sep/Oct into November - has great weather (warmest water of the year in the ocean) - and definitely fewer tourists. We have had a couple of big fires in the last 10 plus years, but again, the effect is minimal if you are staying by the beaches, where I would recommend you stay in any regard.

If you want to see some flowers/local vegetation - go to the Inez Parker Memorial Garden in Balboa Park/by the zoo - where we volunteers help keep the roses blooming in fine fettle.

Or get up to Julian - and have some of their fabled apple pie and also explore an old Silver mine.

And on the way to Safari Park (formerly called the Wild Animal Park) - stop by Orfila Winery - and take a tour of their vinyards as well as sample some of their nice wines.
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Apr 13th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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In a wikipedia report >>The Santa Ana winds sweep down from the deserts and across coastal southern California, pushing dust and smoke from wildfires far out over the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles is in the upper left of this image, and San Diego is near the center.>>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Ana_winds

I agree with Lcuy and Barbara.

The Santa Ana winds bring hot air in the fall and much more than once or twice. Often we can have Santa Ana conditions and people aren't aware of it. It can be normal weather (70 +) and still be a Santa Ana wind. A santa ana wind means it is very, very DRY weather and not always hot.


Rasta: I love the fall in San Diego so I would encourage people to travel that time of year. I'm just saying it won't be cool - it will be warmer than usual for us and that is a good thing. It is definitly beach weather for sure!!
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Apr 13th, 2013, 07:58 AM
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BTW - the world renowned SD Zoo also has an amazing collection of plants/trees/flowers - in addition to the animals.

Heading over to volunteer there in an hour or so.
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Apr 13th, 2013, 07:59 AM
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hi tomsd, this year the Santa Ana brought very hot temps. I remember one weekend it was in the high 90's in Pacific Beach!! Having said that it will be nice because, as you say, most of the tourists will be gone. So for the OP - yes come on over! Our worst month for tourists is June.
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Apr 13th, 2013, 11:46 AM
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OMG the San Diego zoo, we went when we visited SD in November. Absolutely amazing place, went for a few hours, stayed all day.......
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