I grew up an area of Southern California where “weather” doesn’t exist. Most days it is 75°F and sunny, perfect year round. Sure I’ve experienced my fair share of earthquakes, but I’ve never seen a tornado. My school was closed down due to a brush fire once, but I’ve never had it cancelled because of a snow storm.
If the temperature drops below 70°F everybody breaks out their jackets and beanies. If, by some amazing miracle, it actually rains you need to make sure you leave for work early because you will hit traffic of people who don’t know how to drive in the rain.
As most people know by now, California is experiencing an enormous drought. For us, the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” is completely irrelevant. However, we do have a specific phrase for the weather we do experience this time of the year: “June Gloom.”
Throughout the majority of June our weather pattern changes dramatically. While we are expecting blue skies and perfect beach weather, we wake up to grey clouds, temperatures in the low 60s°F, and sometimes rain. This gloomy weather will usually burn off by the end of the day, leaving us with that Summer weather we were hoping for.
Most people prefer to stay inside and ignore the fact that we are experiencing weather more ‘winter like’ than our actual winter weather, but I’m the opposite. I love this change of pace, rain often calms my anxiety, and I love feeling this bit of Winter in the beginning of my Summer.
There’s a lot of things that you can do to enjoy this calming June Gloom before it’s over and we move into a hot July!
Tea and Cocoa
One of my favorite ways to start off my morning is with a homemade Chai Tea Latte or a mug of Hot Cocoa. It just feels so right when the weather outside is so grey!
Classic TV Shows: Netflix Marathon
There is something about rainy cold weather that makes me crave curling up in a blanket and watching an old TV show. I’ve seen every episode of I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Leave it to Beaver. All my favorites! Recently I’ve gotten into a show from the 90s: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I tend to start my morning off with an episode while I get ready for work.
Calming Car Ride
I used to have really awful driving anxiety. I still do when I drive long distances or on the freeway for longer than about 20 minutes. However, I love driving around my small town. There is something really relaxing about driving around my town when it’s cloudy, or raining slightly, or just getting dark.
I will always crave being creative. Making something happen, writing, drawing, organizing, creating, I love it. Overcast weather strikes the same string in my heart that being sick does and makes me really want to do something creative.
This weather makes me reminisce of the holiday season, which makes me want to bake! I love to go on Pinterest and find some cute gluten-free recipes to play around with.
What is your favorite kind of weather? Does cold overcast weather make you want to do different activities than hot clear weather?