From the department of Tell Me Something I Didn't Already Know comes this gem:
One spot in Southern California ranks among "The 10 Best Weather Places in the World," according to the latest issue of Weatherwise magazine (the publication about "the power, beauty, and excitement of weather").
Unfortunately for us, that spot is not Los Angeles. No, rather it's ...
... the "Coastal San Diego Region of California," which ranked number 7.
As a San Diego native, this writer must now say: In your face, L.A! In your face San Francisco! In your face rest of the world!
Glad we got that out of our system. Of the San Diego coast, the kind folks at the Philadelphia-based magazine say, in part:
Only one hurricane has ever struck San Diego in its recorded history, and according to the Tornado History Project, nine tornados (all relatively mild, but tornados nevertheless) have struck the coastal San Diego region since 1980. Hot Santa Ana winds can blow through the region from late summer through winter. Although not perfect, the coastal San Diego region does rank as ideal to many.
It was the only place in the United States to make the list.
The top spot, by the way, went to Viña del Mar, Chile. We always thought Chile, being so far down there in South America, was actually chilly. Apparently not, according to Weatherwise:
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Globally renowned for its white sand beaches (and absolutely beautiful weather), and free from the threat of ferocious cyclonic storms and tornadoes, Viña del Mar is not quite an Anthro-Weathertopia, however, as fog can occasionally envelop the region.
Check out the whole list here.