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San Diego Weather in August has Never Hit 100 Degrees


Picture of sunset in San DiegoCan you believe the San Diego weather for August has never reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) in recorded history? Add to that the fact it’s only reached 100 degrees once in the month of July, way back in 1930. This reflects the records kept at Lindbergh Field, the official San Diego weather station just a mile from Downtown San Diego.

Having moved from the Mid-Atlantic, this is just unbelievable. When I lived back East, you could always count on at least a week of 100 degree weather.

For example, in Philadelpia, just over 50% of the dates in July and August have recorded a 100 degree temperature at least once in recorded history.

If you look at the Dallas – Fort Worth area, they had a streak of 40 consecutive days of 100 degree weather in 2011!

Over the past 30 years, Phoenix has 100 degree weather an AVERAGE 110 days per year!

The highest temperature ever recorded in San Diego for the month of August was 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.7 degrees Celsius) back in 1955.

Another interesting fact for San Diego weather during the month of August is that 60% of our Augusts have not recorded any measurable rainfall…for the whole month! Just incredible. Another reason we are so lucky to live in San Diego.

Stay tuned each month as I’ll share more interesting facts about San Diego weather history. For those planning a vacation in San Diego and looking for average San Diego temperatures and what to expect, visit my San Diego Travel Guide.

Thank You Jerry Schad – Your Legacy Will Live On


I was shocked to read in this morning’s Union Tribune that Jerry Schad is terminally ill with stage 4 kidney cancer.

For those who don’t know, Schad wrote the bible on San Diego hiking. San Diego is arguable one of the best places for hiking in the world and his book Afoot & Afield in San Diego County is the best guide to explore those trails. It is 456 pages of work taking us from the beach bluffs above our ocean during the summer months through the tree covered mountains during the fall and into the desert caves during the winter. He has covered it all.

Afoot and Afield is one of the first books I bought when I arrived in San Diego thirteen years ago and it’s rarely more than an arms length away. I have seen so much of our beautiful natural environment because of him.

I’ve seen Jerry on KPBS as he’s taken viewers on some of his favorite trails. I always figured I’d meet him one day. But, it appears that expectation will not come to fruition. I’m sure many others will feel the same when I say it always felt like he was right there with you as he took you around each turn and told you where to look for hidden treasures along each trail.

I wish Jerry and his wife strength to enjoy these final days together. You can be rest assured your fans will carry on your legacy of getting people out of their homes and into the beautiful nature surrounding us in San Diego County. Thank You.

Here’s a link to today’s article about Jerry Schad in the Union Tribune.

Unique Tidbits in San Diego Chargers History


san-diego-chargersAhh. Football season is almost here. The Chargers seem to be in good position to make another run for the playoffs. The first pre-season game is on Thursday night. So, I’ll share some trivia about the history of San Diego Chargers football.

Did you know that the Chargers made it to the Championship game in their inaugural season? They were based in Los Angeles that first year.

Before the season began, the team held a contest asking the public to come up with a team name. A resident of Hollywood won the contest by suggesting ‘Chargers’ as the team’s nickname.

Despite the first year success in Los Angeles, civic leaders in San Diego, and in particular San Diego sports writer Jack Murphy, convinced the owner Barron Hilton to move the team to America’s Finest City the following season. (San Diego 1 – Los Angeles 0!)

I was curious why the team was moved to San Diego after a season that saw them reach AFL Championship Game in the first season. Well, it turns out it’s because of the same reason Los Angeles does not have an NFL team today…lack of interest among Angelenos. Ironically, that first season saw 27,778 show up at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first pre-season game but only 9,928 came out to watch the team win the Western Division Title later in the year.

The new ‘San Diego’ Chargers played at Balboa Stadium, where seating capacity was increased from 23,000 to 34,000 to hold the throng of fans Jack Murphy predicted would come out to support the team. Sure enough, when San Diego once again made it to the AFL Championship Game, 29,566 fans showed up at Balboa Stadium and showed the nation that this town loves its football team.

The stadium was beautiful with it’s Roman inspired columns, which you can see in this picture of Balboa Stadium. Unfortunately, Balboa Stadium has since been demolished and replaced with a much smaller stadium for use by local soccer teams and schools.

Over the next few years, the Chargers held training camps in a variety of locations from the nearby campus at the University of San Diego to way out in East County in Boulevard.

Almost year after year, the Chargers continued to make it to the AFL Championship Game with notable players like Jack Kemp and Lance Alworth. Their prowess is probably what led Chrysler officials to introduce their new muscle car, the Dodge Charger, during halftime at a game in 1965.

That same year, the city sought to build a new stadium for the Chargers. Before they finalized the deal on what would eventually become known as Jack Murphy Stadium and today’s Qualcomm Stadium, one of the leading proposals had been to build a floating stadium in Mission Bay. (I wonder if it was the same people who were suggesting a ‘floating airport’ a few years ago when the Airport Authority was seeking a new home for Lindbergh Field.)

Well, I just wanted to give you a taste of what I found to be some of the interesting trivia in Chargers history as we get ready for another highly anticipated season. You can read more about the Chargers history on the team’s website.

If you are going to a game, check out my travel web site for information on attending San Diego Chargers games at Qualcomm Stadium. It includes links to a variety of resources to make the most of your experience. You’ll even learn some tidbits. For example, did you know Qualcomm Stadium is rated the most Vegetarian Friendly Stadium in the NFL!

Let’s get ready for some football!

Museum Month – Cool Video Filmed on the USS Midway (circa 1975)


Another participant in Macy’s Museum Month is the USS Midway Museum. During its service, the USS Midway played a major role in evacuating refugees from Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon.

Over 3,000 refugees hitched a ride on the Midway. One story often mentioned locally, and during this past weekend’s aerial flyover, is that of a Vietnamese pilot dropping notes from his Cessna onto the deck of the Midway asking them to move the helicopters so he could land with his family.

I found video of that pilot and his Vietnamese family landing on the ship during the fall of Saigon.

I also found several pictures taken aboard the USS Midway during the evacuation of Vietnamese refugees, including helicopters being pushed overboard to make room, posted on Wikipedia’s description of Operation Frequent Wind.

I encourage you to visit the USS Midway Museum not only to see their wonderful exhibits of military history and vintage aircraft but to also imagine what it was like to be on that boat over 35 years ago with all the activity and emotions of that unusual event. You can read more about visiting the USS Midway Museum on my San Diego Travel web site.

**This post is part of a month long series highlighting unique tidbits about museums participating in the Macy’s half-off admissions sponsorship during the month of February.**

Museum Month – Trivia about the Natural History Museum


Another participant in Macy’s Museum Month is the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Did you know it is the 3rd oldest scientific museum west of the Mississippi River?

They have collected over 8.2 million artifacts throughout the years and offer one of the best collections of prehistoric artifacts ranging from the age of the dinosaurs to the time of the mastodons due to the rich history of fossils found in the surrounding area.

The best part is the museum offers several great classes and local tours. For example, last year I joined them for a tour of the mud caves, where many of the pre-historic artifacts were found, in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

You can read more about visiting the museum and the tours they offer in my descriptions of attractions in San Diego.

**This post is part of a month long series highlighting unique tidbits about museums participating in the Macy’s half-off admissions sponsorship during the month of February.**

Museum Month – What to look for at the Birch Aquarium


Since February is Museum Month in San Diego (visit Macy’s to get your Museum Discount Card for half-off admissions), I’ll try to find a fairly unique tidbit for each of the participating museums.

I’ll start off the month with a tidbit about the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A display of the Keeling Curve is a prominent fixture at the museum. The Keeling Curve, developed by Scripps scientist Charles David Keeling, was made famous in Al Gore’s movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ showing the rapid rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Yes, it was our local Scripps Institution of Oceanography that set off the alarm bells warning the rest of us about the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere and global warming that has led to the ensuing debate of its causes and impacts.

Their warnings had been publicized for many years but it wasn’t until Al Gore’s movie that the issue made headlines and became the source of dinner table talk.

So, how did Al Gore become so enamored with this issue of global warming that he eventually used his public profile to bring light to it?

Well, as a senior at Harvard, Al Gore took a class taught by Roger Revelle, the former head of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the one who recruited Charles David Keeling and encouraged his research in the topic.

You can learn more about visiting the Birch Aquarium on my San Diego Travel Guide.