Outdoors

Freemont cottonwoods and why rainbows come now

The sun never gets higher than 42 ̊

The Fremont Cottonwoods along the San Diego River in Mission Gorge are now showing their best tawny foliage. You can park at the Old Mission Dam historic site or the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor ...

Ice crystals, liquidambar, sycamores

Look for the ring around the sun

Atmospheric Ice-Crystal Effects are often observed, starting about this time of year, because of the frequent appearance of high clouds made of tiny bits of ice. The most familiar of these optical effects is the ...

Cuyamaca's poplars, Palomar's oaks, docile tarantulas

And the nearly imperceptible temperature drop

Autumn Color in San Diego County’s mountains reaches its greatest intensity in late October and early November. The forested heights of Palomar Mountain are especially colorful right now. Black oaks on Palomar’s rolling uplands will ...

Oaks bring fall to Cuyamaca, Laguna, and Palomar mountains

Pinkish or purplish, hibiscus-like flowers bloom on pink floss

The Floss Silk Tree, a conspicuous “autumn bloomer” here and there around San Diego, has been showing off its pinkish or purplish, hibiscus-like flowers for a few weeks. The broad, heavy trunks of this South ...

Deepest sand of the year

Winter storms will pull it off

As the Beach-Going Season Winds Down, San Diego County’s coastline is padded by what is likely the deepest and widest accumulations of sand we’ll see this year. Many stretches of the coastline are vulnerable to ...

Autumn trademarks in San Diego — dense fog and Chinese flame trees

November is our real fall

Chinese Flame Trees are now displaying colorful clusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park and Lake Murray Boulevard through San Diego’s San ...

San Diego sunsets 75 seconds earlier every day

Coastal sage at nadir of green

The Time of Sunset changes most rapidly this time of the year. This is mainly because the sun is swinging rapidly south along the ecliptic (its apparent path through the background stars). From the latitude ...

Thunderheads coming

Even coastal San Diego County can experience summer raindrops

Birdwatchers need not despair now that the winter migrants are gone. Plenty of shore birds can be found on summer evenings in the natural coastal wetland areas of San Diego County. From south to north ...

June brings gloom, crape myrtles, and western azaleas

Overcast on the coast, sizzling temps inland

“June Gloom,” the cool and intermittently overcast conditions likely to dominate the beach and coastal areas through the remainder of this month, mocks the already sizzling temperatures inland. If it weren’t for the ocean’s enormous ...

Spring wildflowers remain, despite onset of June Gloom

Look for paintbrush, purple nightshade, coreopsis, sea fig, popcorn flower, and red monkey flower

The Catalina Eddy, a meteorological condition responsible for days-long episodes of dreary, overcast weather over San Diego, is most likely to occur in May and June. This weather pattern, which intensifies our late spring “June ...

The brash coloration of wildflowers and silk oaks

Bloom still to be found on north-facing slopes and in shady canyons

San Diego’s Coastal Wildflower Bloom continues practically unabated this year owing to late-season rains and cooler weather during April. On north-facing slopes and in shady canyon bottoms, where the sun’s drying effects have not yet ...

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