today was one of those days in which mark twain's oft-quoted "the coldest winter i ever spent was a summer in san francisco" chimed so true.
in an earlier post i reported that i saw scores of shocked tourists freezing their buns off today at the wharf and felt so sorry for them as i was enjoying my clam chowder wrapped in a wool sweater and wool scarf as the freezing fog rolled in. it's a typical sight, but i felt particularly bad for everyone today so i felt i had to post something as an advisory for visitors planning trips to the city, especially those who come for the summer.
please, if you're planning a trip to our fair city, know that we don't have a typical summer: expect some sun and some beautiful blue skies, but be prepared for the inevitable cold, gray skies, and fog by bringing a medium weight jacket or sweater with you at all times. it gets COLD here and the daytime highs rarely climb higher than the 70s. you may hit a microclimate (the mission, for instance) or a rare day when it's sunny during the day, but know that the day will swiftly turn cold around 4-5pm.
leave the shorts at home, or save them for day trips out of the city (like napa or yosemite or monterey). shorts tag you immediately as a tourist unless you're jogging!
dress in layers: jacket, sweater, short sleeved shirt, khakis or jeans.
enjoy your trip!