Are these the best of the times, the worst, or the strangest? How does one explain summer-like weather during what calendars say should be the dead of winter?
"Global warming," one surfer told ABC7 News. "We're going down."
Maybe he was right, maybe not. We could go through the distinction between how weather is short-term and climate is long-term, but it's clear skies that have warmed both land and sea.
If the weather seems strange to people, it must also seem that way to the fish, according to one man that knows them well.
"'I've always thought you need to base your lifestyle on your worst years," commercial fisherman Ken Clark said Wednesday.
He says the verdict remains out for 2014, but he worries about how an absence of rain might keep the salmon from spawning.
"If these fish don't make it up there, we won't have any in three years," he said.