When Does the Sausalito Fog Come In?
This is a question we’re asked all the time. Like all discussion of the weather, it’s a matter of patterns. We get less fog than San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but more fog than the Wine Country.
The rocky ridges of the Marin Headlands protect us from much of the fog that enters San Francisco Bay. Especially on summer mornings it’s common to see fog hovering over the water, but have clear skies over downtown Sausalito.
Lesley Hart’s photo on the left is a great example. Fog out on the Bay in late afternoon, with people in Sausalito watching it under blue skies.
Summer is our foggiest season, not winter. When the fog is deep enough to reach Sausalito, it tends to burn off in late morning. Once in a while though, it hangs around and we have an overcast day.
Many summer afternoons see the fog massing over the hills above Sausalito, but never making it down the hill into the warmer inland areas. Sometimes there will be dramatic “rivers of fog” flowing over the Sausalito hills, only to evaporate away as they cross Highway 101.
September and October are usually the warmest months here, as the fog tends to recede but the summer sun remains high.
Want to see how the fog is doing today? Check out our Webcams page. Remember that the Golden Gate Bridge will be foggy on many days when downtown Sausalito is clear, so check out all the different views.
You can also get lots of additional information here on Sausalito weather and what to wear.
Here’s a time lapse video showing one foggy morning before a clear day in Sausalito — just wait for it, the fog does clear! Two of our editors have lived in the area shown in this video, which is the foggiest part of Sausalito — downtown will be more clear than this video suggests. If you have a slow connection the video screen may go black for a few seconds before it plays.
Photo Credit and Copyright: Lesley Hart.