This is California’s chilling oasis on the hottest weekend of the year. Beware of “Mist Spray”


EUREKA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 2: The sunset over the Samoan Peninsula in Eureka as the region experienced drizzle, fog, and low temperatures as the rest of the state swelled.  Taken Friday, September 2, 2022 in Eureka, California.  (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Sunset over the Samoa Peninsula in Eureka, California. The rest of the state was sweltering, but drizzle, fog, and cooler temperatures. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

There is a saying about the inhabitants of this misty timber town. they don’t get sunburned. rust.

That’s because along the far north coast of California, it’s usually very foggy, salty, and very gray, according to Don Hoffacker. sometimeshe stressed, it “gets pretty hot.”

“It gets very warm here,” said Hoffacker. “Sometimes it goes up to 82”

man standing outside museum

Don Hofucker, a 69-year-old dokunt at the Maritime Museum on the Samoan Peninsula in Eureka, is usually foggy, salty and gray, but can get up to 82 degrees. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Hofacker, 69, is a faculty member of the Maritime Museum of the Samoan Peninsula, the narrow sandbank of Humboldt Bay where he lives. Thinking about his hometown, the afternoon temperature is 56 degrees.

This is 24 hours from both Burbank and Woodland Hills. broke the daily heat record Last week, the highest temperature was 112 degrees.

Talking about the drop in temperatures in sunny Southern California, Hoffacker joked that he could come up with another place with such heat: Hell.

Most of California bakes under what is called a high-pressure heat dome.the fire raged Los Angeles, San Diego When Siskiyou county.And officials are begging sweaty Californians use less energy Supply power from an overloaded grid to avoid rolling blackouts.

Palm trees and wet windshield in the background.

A morning in Eureka has wet windshields like the rest of the state is sweltering. Hot air rising inland draws in cool sea air, bringing drizzle, fog, and welcome low temperatures. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

However, here in the Samoan peninsula, September has begun, and the cold has become severe. This Samoa Peninsula is he one of the coldest places in California this time of year in late summer.

“We have natural air conditioning here. If you can put up with a little fog and drizzle and cloudy skies in the morning, it’s not too bad,” said Doug Bouchey, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Eureka.

The Pacific has a mitigating effect that Boshey calls a “cool wet pump.”

When it’s hot inland, that warm, thin air rises into the atmosphere, cold sea air It sucks in like a vacuum, filling voids, Boshey said. The warm air above acts “like a lid”, trap heavy, cold airthe mountain cannot be crossed easily.

Humboldt County Fog

In Humboldt County, fog over lowland coastal towns on August 31, 2022 can be seen from the mountains near the unincorporated community of Kneeland in clear, warm weather. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

In Eureka, one mile east of the peninsula across the bay, the highest temperature ever recorded is 87 degrees Celsius, Boshey said. Mercury he reached that number in 1993, 2017 and 2020.

He admitted that it was a “wimpy record” as far as heat was concerned.

Boushey said the average high temperature around Eureka over the next week will be in the mid-60s, as the heat domes are firmly in place elsewhere.

This is even cooler than the frigid summers that San Francisco, a city five hours south, is famous for.around 79 at best is predicted There on Labor Day weekend.

While the overwhelming majority of U.S. cities have had shorter and hotter winters over the past 50 years due to climate change, Eureka is bucking the trend and is one of the few cities with slightly cooler winters. is. According to Climate Centrala non-profit research group.

Since 1970, the average winter temperature in Eureka has been fell 1.3 degrees.

Longtime locals and realtors talk of ‘climate refugees’ — people move to damp small towns beyond redwood curtains escape the firesmoke and heat – who’s helping push up housing costs of already tight market.

However, population growth, global warming, and sea ​​level risemost people here happily boast of a little piece of paradise that Bushey called “one of the coolest places in the state in many ways.”

So what was life like on the Samoan Peninsula this week?

For about 1,100 inhabitants on a narrow sandbar about 10 miles long and 1 mile wide, it was rather cold.

Diners eat inside the restaurant.

A diner enjoying a fixed menu meal at Samoa Cookhouse. Built in 1893, it is the last surviving lumberjack camp-style galley in the western United States. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Overhead was a dim gray sky, and Hoffacker was a man with a strong beard, played santa claus At the Salty Santa Boat Parade — closed the Humboldt Maritime Museum, walked across the parking lot, and had a hearty dinner of meatloaf and piping hot minestrone soup at the Samoa Cookhouse.

With faded red single siding, Samoan kitchenis the last remaining lumberjack camp-style galley in the western United States, opened in 1893. There’s a long table with a red-and-white checkered tablecloth and its own lumberjack museum complete with a giant saw and a soup ladle worthy of Paul his banyan. Himself—hanging from the wall.

Many of the local patrons were wearing short sleeves as the outside temperature dropped into the mid-50s.

“If you see someone coming here from the South, they’ll be wearing long-sleeved shirts and down jackets,” he said. “We’re comfortable.”

Just across Cookhouse Road is the trailhead to Samoa Dunes & Wetlands. Jennifer Her Savage has lived on the Peninsula for 20 years, where she leads a national effort to reduce plastic in the marine environment by the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

Savage raised three children here. They’re beach lovers, they can name the plants that grow native to the dunes, and were hesitant when they first felt “real heat” in Central Her Valley many years ago.

Woman on porch with giant yellow flowers

Jennifer Savage has lived on the Samoan Peninsula in Eureka for 20 years. She leads the non-profit Surfrider Foundation’s national effort to reduce plastic in the marine environment. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Wearing a puffy vest and long sleeves, Savage hit the sandy hiking trails with Carole Vander Meer and Carla Avila Martinez, later board members of Friends of the Dunes, a sand dune nonprofit. interim owner A 357-acre reserve two years ago.

The trail was steeped in coniferous forest, where women picked and ate wild huckleberries. Vander Meer noted that the maritime pines here grow in a distorted shape due to the cool winds from the water.

Light green lacy lichens — pronounced “liken” — hung from the branches and thrived in humid climates. Vander Meer said that people mistake the fungus-algae complex for moss, but there is a fairy tale that explains what it is.

She said that once upon a time there was a fungus named Francine Fungus. She was a great home builder, but she was a poor cook. She met Albert Arge. Albert could not build a worthy home at all, but he could make wonderful food simply by using energy from the sun – photosynthesis.

So Francine Fungus and Albert Algae lichen each other.

The peninsula’s dunes and beaches drew large crowds in the first year of the pandemic, with many indoor facilities closed. Illegal camping, trash dumping, and off-road driving abounded in ecologically sensitive areas.

“There was a lot of RV and van life everywhere,” Savage said.

The women said they knew the area would become more and more popular thanks to its cool, clean air.

The sea roared across the steep dunes. Wind blew.

Samoa Peninsula in Eureka

Eureka’s Samoan Peninsula cooled with drizzle and fog as the rest of the state was sweltering. Inland updrafts bring in cool ocean air, providing natural air conditioning. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Boshey of the National Weather Service says people often don’t realize they’re sunburned when they spend time outdoors here.

It’s a phenomenon called fogburn, he said. The sun’s ultraviolet rays still pass through fog and clouds, but “the air is so cold that you don’t realize you’ve been burned.”

“You’re comfortable, but the UV rays are cooking you up, and suddenly you’re red like a lobster.

The sun isn’t looking much along the Sequoia coast this week, he said.

“But in Los Angeles, any day it’s over 103 or 105 degrees, you get fogburn.”

This story originally appeared los angeles times.