Games I play

The land in and around St. George is naturally...

The land in and around St. George is naturally a vivid red. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I often drive between Saint George, Utah, and Southern California. On the return drive, the temperature in summer often starts in the 60s in Southern California and mounts to 105 to 110 degrees F. in Saint George.  I like to see how closely I can match my speed to the temperature on the drive. I call the game “driving the temperature,” and I usually must stop around 85 miles per hour which happens in the morning not far from Barstow. Today I went grocery shopping with the temperature at 98 degrees F. I spent $94.00 and now I have a new game I call “shopping the temperature.”

85 degrees F

English: Ventura, viewed from the northwest; t...

English: Ventura, viewed from the northwest; the Ventura/San Miguelito Oil Field is in the foreground (July 31, 2009). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Driving through LA yesterday, my car’s thermometer registered 85 degrees Fahrenheit. When I reached my destination in Ventura on the coast the temperature was 78 degrees F. In summer in California, the coast is usually cooler and inland is warmer. In winter, it is usually reversed with the coast warmer than the interior. 85 degrees is unusually warm for January. One week ago below freezing temperatures were threatening citrus crops as far south as San Diego. An erratic jet stream is blamed for the wild swings in temperature.