Posts Tagged ‘weather’
Beautiful Views of the Bay on This Helicopter Tour of L.A.
We go on and on here about how perfect the Los Angeles weather is and how much our Los Angeles private tour guests appreciate the warm, clear days that greet them all through the year. What we have learned is that even on days where we complain of a little rain or fog our guests still think the weather is extraordinary. It is all relative. Our extremes of weather do not range very far so we see cool days as a threat to our existence. We have to wear jackets and caps? Oh, no. We need to find the umbrella. Heaven help us! Ok, admittedly we are weather sissies here in Southern California. Thankfully our guests bring some sense to what variations in weather mean. They are ready for a tour of Hollywood on a day when the thermometer in the SUV tells us it is only 64º by wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals. They think it is beach weather. They look down from our luxury helicopter to an encroaching fog bank along the bay and only notice how beautiful the sight is. The Santa Monica Pier rises up where the fog seems to part and spread around but not over this funtastic beach entertainment center. They want to visit the pier when we complete our aerial tour to experience for themselves the attractions built on this local landmark. We will also take them to the Third Street Promenade to enjoy a city street turned into an outdoor shopping and entertainment mall. We are delighted they are enjoying the winter weather. After we drop them back at their hotel we can stop for a lavender hot chocolate at Demitasse.
Warm Summer Weather Continues into the Fall for a Los Angeles Tour
We do not experience a real autumn in Los Angeles. We are a two-season town. Some say summer and not-summer. Some say Dry Season and Wet Season. Still others refer to our weather periods as Green and Brown. However we might describe it we have perfect weather almost every day of the year with some days hotter, some cooler and an occasional few damp. That means that the beaches are open all year long and most days are good beach days. We encourage our private tour guests to dress casually so that when we get to the beach communities (Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu) we can explore the sandy regions and walk barefoot in the surf (OK, yes, the water is colder here than on east coast shores but we can take it and, in fact, rely on the cold water for natural air-conditioning). We can also rent bicycles on our tour and explore the miles upon miles of bike paths along the coast. Or skates. We are an outdoors-enjoying population and the beach is a central location for many activities. Get to know it as we know it when you visit and go sightseeing in Los Angeles.
Our Private Tour Guests More Interested in Surf than Snow
We drive up the Angeles Crest Highway to Mt. Wilson from time to time, generally in the summer. For fans of astronomy and science there is a very active facility consisting of numerous telescopes and measuring devices on top of the mountain above Pasadena that are used to measure and observe the heavens. During the summer the area is fully open to the public and many drive up to see what is going on and rub shoulders with scientists and astronomers. Others hike up the mountain. During the winter, though, it is a bit chilly and sometimes even icy and snowy. As you can see from this frame-grab off of the Mt. Wilson webcam there is snow in the area from recent storms. We all hope to see more as the winter progresses and El Niño drives more wet storms our way. Once up there the views of the Los Angeles basin are spectacular. An advantage we continually mention to visitors at this time of year is the clarity of the air and the distances we can see from high vantage points. Mt. Wilson has been a science outpost since George Hale brought his telescope up there in 1904 because of the clear air and good weather. We urge all our science nerds on a private Los Angeles tour with us to consider a trip up to the Mt. Wilson Observatory. We can make arrangements for a private tour of the facility any time of the year. It is a beautiful drive with numerous pullouts and vista points to enjoy along the way. At this time of the year, if our guests wish, we can be up in the snow in the morning and then on the beach to watch the surfers in the afternoon.
Our Private Tour Guests See the Drought
and Help Out
Southern California has a dry climate under the best of conditions. In Los Angeles we receive on average only 15 inches of rain every year. Not many rainy days around here. In fact, we get much of our rain at night. Anyone paying attention to weather news knows that California has been experiencing a monumental drought over the past four years that has significantly lowered the water levels in our reservoirs and underground aquifers. Water agencies have been mandated to reduce consumption by any means necessary. Californians are not unaquainted with water conservation. It’s taught to us early and often (favorite t-shirt slogans include “Save Water, Shower with a Friend” and “If It’s Yellow Let It Mellow, When It’s Brown Flush it Down”) . We shorten our showers, skip flushes, replace faucet and shower heads, reduce the number of car washings, limit our lawn and yard irrigation and many other small but significant adaptations to reduce the scope of the problem as much as possible. We do this willingly and with the understanding that while the global climate is slowly changing local weather is cyclical. The drought will eventually end (maybe this winter with a Super El Niño on the way). In the meantime we answer eager and curious private Los Angeles tour guests’ questions about the issues and difficulties of living in a Mediterranean climate. We let them understand why water is not automatically provided in restaurants and that they should decline the water if they do not anticipate drinking it. When they see the low level of water behind the Mulholland Dam on Lake Hollywood the point is driven home.
Dramatic Los Angeles Skies for Our
Private Helicopter Tour to Fly Through
The eye of the storm is arriving and Century City and downtown Los Angeles are highlighted in an aerial photograph we took for our private Los Angeles tour guests. We are above the beach in Santa Monica looking east as the clouds roll through. The rain is welcome for both the water in our parched community and the cooling temperatures. We are entering our other season now, the “wet” season or the “green” season is how we refer to the part of the year when, from time to time, we experience a rainstorm and inclement weather. Most often the rain comes at night just like Camelot. We seldom find a need to postpone a helicopter tour. Our hiking tours might need to be avoided for a day or two after a good soaking but for the most part every kind of tour we provide we do throughout the year. We carry umbrellas on board and know some excellent indoor destinations to enjoy the history of Los Angeles.
Our Private Tour Guests Enjoy the Rare
Summer Rain in Los Angeles
We do not think that anyone traveling to Los Angeles in the summer expects it to rain. There are songs, poems and entire novels written about our coastal desert city and how dry it is. The truth is it does rain here in the summer from time to time. After all, south of us in Central America and Mexico it is hurricane season. These storms generally dissipate long before arriving north of the border. The remnants turn inland and become the beloved monsoons of Arizona that bring them relief from the blazing summer heat. But now and then the storm survives and makes it up past San Diego and into Los Angeles. We had several welcome days of rain recently. More welcome than usual as we are in the midst of a devastating drought and every drop of water is wished for and welcome. Does the rain affect our private Los Angeles tour guests? Not much. We carry umbrellas aboard our vehicles throughout the winter rainy season and know to repack them when these unexpected summer rainstorms appear. We also know the best “cover sets” (that’s a Hollywood term for secondary locations to film when the weather turns inclement) to take our guests to see if the worst of the storm is pelting us during their tour. The only downside, really, is that the first rains raise lots of dust that requires an additional washing of our luxury SUVs.
A Little Fog Does not Hinder a Private Tour
We consider fog just a variation of another nice day in L.A. Through May we experience May Gray, the arrival of the marine layer into the city drawn by the heating of the interior of the state as the days get longer and warmer. And then, in June, it’s time for June Gloom as the same phenomena likely continues in the early part of the month. Our Los Angeles private tour guests taking early morning or late afternoon tours will probably appreciate the cooler temperatures that accompany the white wisps of moisture as the giant ocean cooled cloud marches in from the beach. As you see in this aerial photograph from a recent combination helicopter and ground tour, the fog is not solid and there are always large patches of beach that see the sun. We warn our guests to be wary of sun exposure because the harmful rays penetrate the thin fog layer. That’s why we carry sunscreen with us. Hats and umbrellas would be a good idea, too.