AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

New rules to ensure post quality. See this thread for details.

Author Topic: When is is not cloudy in SF  (Read 1142 times)

roadman65

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 13451
  • Location: Lakeland, Florida
  • Last Login: Today at 05:56:56 PM
When is is not cloudy in SF
« on: March 25, 2022, 11:36:44 AM »

I was wondering when is the time to actually see San Francisco in the Sunlight?  I went in July of 2021 and it was cloudy with a fog covering the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Yet on Full House all the opening sequence of the GG Bridge show blue skies and clear above it all.

Is there a season when to go to not see fog?

Also are there days where the temperatures rise into the 70’s at all?
Logged
Every day is a winding road, you just got to get used to it.

Sheryl Crowe

Max Rockatansky

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 20513
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Route 9, Sector 26
  • Last Login: Today at 09:24:05 PM
    • Gribblenation
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2022, 11:49:33 AM »

Best bet is the summer time.  You’re still likely to have significant fog during the summer months until late in the day.  Usually 70F is about hot as it gets in the summer but there have been numerous times it has been in the 80s when I’ve visited during summer months.
Logged

webny99

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 11478
  • Left lane is for passing, not camping!

  • Age: 23
  • Location: Monroe County, NY
  • Last Login: Today at 04:29:14 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2022, 12:03:00 PM »

I visited San Fran in June and recall it being mostly sunny. One year that area had really poor air quality because of the fires, but I thought that was 2020, not 21.
Logged
On April 25, 2022, I became the 20th user in forum history to Like the Forum Way, Way Too Much. And then I found that there's another way..
__ _______ ___ __ _______ _____

Max Rockatansky

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 20513
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Route 9, Sector 26
  • Last Login: Today at 09:24:05 PM
    • Gribblenation
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2022, 12:08:34 PM »

I visited San Fran in June and recall it being mostly sunny. One year that area had really poor air quality because of the fires, but I thought that was 2020, not 21.

Really the poor air quality is a thing at some point every summer.  My observation is that the bigger fires tend to happen later in the summer when the areas just inland from the coast have had a chance to dry out fully.
Logged

citrus

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 211
  • Age: 35
  • Location: San Francisco
  • Last Login: Today at 11:47:28 AM
    • (website)
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2022, 12:49:09 PM »

Best bet for sustained sun is when the wind shifts around and comes from the north / onshore, which is more likely outside of the summer. Summer tends to pull the marine layer from the ocean towards the heat inland - but usually it does burn off during the day before coming back in for the evening.

The real answer is to stay on the east side of the city and look at the Bay Bridge instead!

It was in the 70's earlier this week - we get scattered warm days throughout the year, and they actually seem less likely in the summer, and much more likely in the fall, well into October.
Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 11276
  • Last Login: Today at 09:22:02 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2022, 05:23:17 PM »

For the fifteen months I lived in SF from 1996-1997, it was actually sunny most days.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

Road Hog

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1924
  • Location: Collin County, TX
  • Last Login: Today at 12:03:32 AM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2022, 11:17:28 PM »

I remember it said during the 1989 World Series (the Bay Area earthquake series) that October was the best weather of the year in the Bay Area. Warm, clear days.
Logged

kkt

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 6730
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Last Login: Today at 08:45:01 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2022, 11:49:28 PM »

A lot of days in the summer the cloud/fog comes in mornings and evening and is clear in the middle of the day.  But sometimes it doesn't.  I think to be sure of getting that shot Full House had a crew camp out in SF for a couple of months and go set up anytime it looked promising.  (Or used stock footage?)

Mark Twain said "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco".  He was frustrated by the fog and clouds too.
Logged

michravera

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 877
  • Location: Northern California
  • Last Login: Today at 07:19:51 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2022, 12:59:49 AM »

For the fifteen months I lived in SF from 1996-1997, it was actually sunny most days.

Basically Labor Day until the rains come (around Halloween). In December and January when it isn't raining, it gets REALLY bright. When it's raining in most of the state, it's foggy or cloudy in San Francisco.

Logged

Rothman

  • *
  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 11276
  • Last Login: Today at 09:22:02 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2022, 09:25:07 AM »

For the fifteen months I lived in SF from 1996-1997, it was actually sunny most days.

Basically Labor Day until the rains come (around Halloween). In December and January when it isn't raining, it gets REALLY bright. When it's raining in most of the state, it's foggy or cloudy in San Francisco.
I think it actually rained only two or three times during my time in the Bay Area.  The hills around Concord and Clayton were a golden brown tinder box.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position(s) of NYSDOT.

bing101

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4531
  • Last Login: Today at 03:42:55 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2022, 03:35:38 PM »

Best bet is the summer time.  You’re still likely to have significant fog during the summer months until late in the day.  Usually 70F is about hot as it gets in the summer but there have been numerous times it has been in the 80s when I’ve visited during summer months.
Also technically Daly City, Pacifica, and South San Francisco have more fog than San Francisco city proper.
Logged

michravera

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 877
  • Location: Northern California
  • Last Login: Today at 07:19:51 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2022, 09:49:47 PM »

For the fifteen months I lived in SF from 1996-1997, it was actually sunny most days.

Basically Labor Day until the rains come (around Halloween). In December and January when it isn't raining, it gets REALLY bright. When it's raining in most of the state, it's foggy or cloudy in San Francisco.
I think it actually rained only two or three times during my time in the Bay Area.  The hills around Concord and Clayton were a golden brown tinder box.
The stats say that it rains about 65 days per year. That's lots less than Seattle or Miami and lots more than Fresno or Las Vegas. The OP didn't ask about rain. That is rare from Good Friday to Halloween. The question was about when it is actually sunny without a lot of morning clouds. I gave my best answer: Roughly the beginning of September until Late October.
Logged

Techknow

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 295
  • Location: Redwood City, CA
  • Last Login: Today at 04:28:47 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2022, 10:03:33 PM »

I was wondering when is the time to actually see San Francisco in the Sunlight?  I went in July of 2021 and it was cloudy with a fog covering the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Yet on Full House all the opening sequence of the GG Bridge show blue skies and clear above it all.

Is there a season when to go to not see fog?
I live in lower elevation in SF (~200 feet), I'm pretty far from downtown, and it is almost always cloudy in the morning and late afternoon for the past month. Between that time it can be clear skies. In neighborhoods with higher elevations or on a hill like Inner Sunset or Twin Peaks it's possible to see gaps of blue sky in the clouds. When there's a heat wave then there might not be clouds, this happened last month when it was 93°F outside but at 7 AM that day I realized it wasn't cloudy at all. Now I know it was no coincidence.

Also are there days where the temperatures rise into the 70’s at all?
Very often the thermostat in my house goes past 70°F, but micro-climates are a thing in SF. It could be windy elsewhere, and if you're in the Sunset District (I'm not) it will likely be moist/humid
Logged

1995hoo

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 14831
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Last Login: Today at 07:14:27 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2022, 01:11:10 AM »

It wasn’t cloudy at all today except very early in the morning and as sunset rolled around. Glorious day—clear deep blue sky, few clouds, nice cool weather. Now if only the smells of weed and urine weren’t so omnipresent downtown…
Logged
"You know, you never have a guaranteed spot until you have a spot guaranteed."
—Olaf Kolzig, as quoted in the Washington Times on March 28, 2003,
commenting on the Capitals clinching a playoff spot.

"That sounded stupid, didn't it?"—Kolzig, to the same reporter a few seconds later.

paulthemapguy

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 6508
  • nobody asked me

  • Age: 33
  • Location: Illinois
  • Last Login: Today at 01:48:22 AM
    • Paul Across America
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2022, 09:26:15 PM »

It was sunny for most of the time all 3 times I visited SF: January 2014, April 2015, and July 2016.  Had I just been getting lucky?
Logged
Avatar is the last interesting highway I clinched.
My website! http://www.paulacrossamerica.com
My USA Shield Gallery https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHwJRZk
TM Clinches https://bit.ly/2UwRs4O

National collection status: 354/424. Only 70 route markers remain!

kphoger

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 24307
  • My 2 Achilles' heels: sarcasm & snark

  • Location: Wichita, KS
  • Last Login: December 02, 2022, 10:40:39 PM
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2022, 09:36:26 AM »

Funny enough, the only time I've ever been to San Francisco, it was warm and sunny—while, just a few days earlier, it was cool and cloudy in Tijuana.  (That was in March 2000).
Logged
Keep right except to pass.  Yes.  You.
Visit scenic Orleans County, NY!
Male pronouns, please.

Quote from: Philip K. Dick
If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.

Max Rockatansky

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 20513
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Route 9, Sector 26
  • Last Login: Today at 09:24:05 PM
    • Gribblenation
Re: When is is not cloudy in SF
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2022, 09:41:19 AM »

The only time I’ve been to SF and fog was an issue was during 2014.  I always seem to hit the city during optimal weather.  Granted that’s fairly easy for me to do now that SF is a three hour drive away.
Logged

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.