Snow in Los Angeles circa 1949
There was no talk of climate change in 1949 when the unusually cold weather greeted a precipitation front and, voila, snow in Los Angeles! This archival photograph taken that winter shows downtown’s City Hall surrounded by ice and slush on the roadways. Imagine the paralysis today if traffic was confronted with icy conditions. Everyone knows that southern Californians can’t drive in the rain. Snow? Forgedaboudit! Among the myriad topics likely to be discussed during a private luxury tour with our guests around Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and especially when we get out to the beaches of Venice and Malibu, the most likely subject is our weather. People from all over the world are fascinated by the southern California clime — 330 days of 70° temperatures on average. We aren’t known as sunny southern California for nothing.