I've along the coast or the shore of San Francisco bay nearly all my life (35 of 45).
I'm in the rain shadow of Mt Tamalpais now for the last 7 years.
Summers have cooled off in the last 5, but we get less fog in late afternoons.
Earlier winter storms (we just got our first good dump), and later rain as well- into June last year.
Each year of the last few we have had a gap in storms in Jan or Feb- long gap, warm temps, then back to the deluge. That gap used to come around thanksgiving (even historically you can see the gap)
we have a very regular cyclic rainfall pattern over large scales, and now it looks to be changing- looking more similar to the late 1800's
good chart here: http://www.climatestations.com/images/s ... sfprcp.gif