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L.A. crowned with having most boring week of weather... ever

L.A. crowned with having most boring week of weather... ever
Downtown Los Angeles is seen in this summer 2010 file photo. (Basil D. Soufi/CC License)

If you're a fan of weather, you've probably seen the hilarious movie "L.A. Story" where Steve Martin plays the role of a TV weatherman in Los Angeles. One of his running gags is that the weather in L.A. is so steady, that he can just tape the weather forecast days in advance.

This past week, the actual TV weathermen there could have just followed suit.

UW Research Meteorologist Mark Albright has looked up some of the weather in late July in the city of Angels, and at least for LAX Airport, you couldn't be more consistent:

July 22: High: 70. Low 63. Wind West (270 degrees), highest average 16 mph, peak gust 22 mph.
July 23: High: 70. Low 60. Wind West (260 degrees), highest average 17 mph, peak gust 24 mph.
July 24: High: 70. Low 60. Wind West (280 degrees), highest average 17 mph, peak gust 22 mph.
July 25: High: 70. Low 61. Wind West (270 degrees), highest average 17 mph, peak gust 23 mph.
July 26: High: 70. Low 60. Wind West (270 degrees), highest average 18 mph, peak gust 23 mph.
July 27: High: 70. Low 60. Wind West (270 degrees), highest average 17 mph, peak gust 21 mph.
July 28: High: 70. Low 61. Wind West (260 degrees), highest average 16 mph, peak gust 21 mph.

Seven consecutive days with the same high temperature? Even in steady Seattle in the winter, I don't think I've ever seen that kind of consistency.

But not to worry. The weather folks had their challenge back on the 29th when... the temperature went up one degree:

July 29: High: 71. Low 60. Wind West (270 degrees), highest average 16 mph, peak gust 22 mph.
July 30: High: 71. Low 62. Wind West (260 degrees), highest average 13 mph, peak gust 18 mph.

This incredible consistency is courtesy of a persistent marine flow, which has kept a stubborn cloud layer over the airport that hasn't budged in... nine days now. And it looks like as of this writing, they're about to make it 10 as so far, July 31 is on pace with all the other dates.

But it's not just the airport locked into such consistency. The high every day at their downtown L.A. location from July 22-30 has ranged between...76 and 80 with five of those days 78 or 79.

How long will it go? Quite a while, it seems. The seven day forecast from the National Weather Service office shows highs at LAX expected to remain between 70 and 73 through next Monday.

So, L.A. weather forecasters, just bring in a few extra ties this week, record a few shows, and perhaps take the rest of the week off?