The cool temperature is what tourists find most surprising about Malibu weather. I blame the Beach Boys: Good Vibrations did not imply that it would ever be your teeth chattering. Now don’t get me wrong, the weather is heaven here—just heaven with a light jacket for the evenings.
Those who visit Malibu in June are surprised to hear locals describe the entire month as June Gloom, an unflattering name for a weather pattern that occurs when a marine layer produces overcast conditions that typically give way to sunny skies in the late afternoon.
Here is what cracks me up. On, say, May 31, or, let’s say, July 1, we locals don’t know what to do with overcast skies. Oh, the weather nerds will claim May Gray, but the rest of us say, What’s up with this weather? We expect nothing but blue skies on our Memorial Day and Independence Day parties! But if the calendar happens to say June, we all declare in definite tones: Of course, June Gloom.
June has developed such a negative reputation.
This makes me wonder about my own personal weather reputation, but if you want to play along, you can wonder about yours, too. There are people in the world whose gloomy condition is to be expected, and there are others who are shockingly out of character when in a grumpy sort of mood. What do people expect from me?
In Malibu, people anticipate gloom when June arrives. I’d like folks to expect something better from me.