Palo Alto Really That Cold?!?!
Are the Palo Alto temperatures taken in a well or something? Can
it really be 10 degrees colder than in Mt. View?
Many examples. We
live in South Palo Alto and the temperatures never seem to fit us?
Our plants are concerned.
Take a look at this: http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?state=MTR&rawsflag=290
You can zoom to street level and see where the temperatures are taken.
The closer you are to the bay water, the warmer your lows will be because water looses and gains temperature at a much slower pace than land. Most of this winter Mountain View has been warmer than it's surrounding neighbors thanks to the clear sky, light winds and dry air allowing other areas away from the moderating bay waters to cool more.
Also, the closer you are to the hills/mountains the more likely you are susceptible to cold air drainage. Cold air is heavier and sinks into the valleys at night. The deeper the valley, the colder it gets.
Hope this helps.