Orange County enjoys a drizzle of winter along beaches
William Wright misses the rain.
The Louisiana native and now Seal Beach resident put on his long, black trench coat and pulled a hood over his head, letting the drizzle get him damp while taking a leisurely stroll along the Seal Beach pier on Friday morning.
"I love it; this is my favorite time of year," he said. "It's our winter at the beach. We don't get it much out here. It feels wonderful."
The hot season lasted unusually long here in Orange County this fall and another shot of warm weather could be hitting next week, so residents are taking the chance to enjoy the cozy, cold climate while it lasts.
The light rain should keep falling over much of Orange County throughout the weekend, the National Weather Service says, with sunnier skies returning by Tuesday. Saturday and Sunday both begin with mostly cloudy skies that turn partly cloudy later, with patchy fog added to the morning mix on Saturday.
The chance of rain is pegged at 50 percent Saturday, 30 percent Saturday night. There's a 40 percent chance on Sunday, with rain more likely Sunday night. Monday could still have some lingering drizzle in the morning, but by Tuesday the sun will be back out to keep it warm through mid-week.
The first big winter swell of the season was supposed to hit Seal Beach on Friday, but Anaheim Hills resident Eric Stone showed up on the sand bummed out. He put on his wetsuit anyhow to get a bodyboard session in despite the lackluster waves.
"A little disappointed, but I'm going to get in the water anyway," he said. "I'm going to get in the water and see some of my wintertime friends."
Other spots along the coast had strong – but messy – waves hitting shore. A high-surf advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Danny Goodman was struggling with his umbrella as the wind whipped during his morning stroll on the wooden pier. He only comes down from Lakewood occasionally to enjoy the beach – on days like this.
"This is gorgeous," he said. "When it's raining, that's the best. I love it when it's wet like this, it's cool. It's beautiful."
Casey and Tim Lewis enjoyed the wet morning with their 13-month-old son, Taj, keeping cozy in his stroller while they enjoyed their walk.
"I like it, there are fewer people around, it's nice. It's quaint," Tim said, clutching a warm cup of coffee. "She's cold, but I like it. It's perfect."
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