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Re: Immediate coast is not always warmer than areas just inland:

Message from Jim Wilmington DE 7a

> Folks along the coast of southern California will often vehemently will tell you how much warmer both day and night are a few miles inland compared to right at the beach. <

It's an apples to oranges comparison, in my opinion.

Let me bring up a couple of significant differences. California has the "weird" distinction of being low latitude (SF & below being less than 38N), yet, having cold ocean currents prevailing offshore all year. That's obviously going to have a cooling effect -- perhaps most of the year -- compared to 40N on the East Coast, where a 42F, 45F ocean is going to have a localized warming effect for the better part of the 3 winter months. It conversely has a cooling effect in late spring & summer (like your California analogy). Even in mid June, I froze my butt off at Wildwood, where slightly inland was very comfortable. Point being, in winter the effects are no less dramatic, only you flip the words warm and cold. (I hope this is making sense.)

I'm only arguing general climate concepts. As to the specifics of Pomona, Atlantic City, Cape May, and coastal Connecticut, I'll let the rest of you hack that out.

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