Gray over the bay, by Veronique de Turenne.
For the first time since 1921, Los Angeles has had what weather people call a reverse meteorological spring: March was the warmest month of the three, then April and May were cooler. It happens and doesn't particularly mean anything, but it doesn't happen very often here. Only two other times since records began in 1877, according to the National Weather Service, which alerted the media. The previous instances were 1914 and 1921.
From KPCC's story:
"It's just kind of a continuation of our strange weather we've had over the last couple of years, where we've been really warm throughout the winter months," Eric Boldt, NWS warning coordination meteorologist, told KPCC.
Average monthly temperatures for downtown Los Angeles in March, April and May were 68.2 degrees, 65.8 degrees and 64.2 degrees, respectively, according to NWS. The normal averages for the 30-year period from 1981 to 2010 were 60.6 degrees, 63.1 degrees and 65.8 degrees.
A similar trend was seen in many other locations in Southwestern California, the weather service said.