The climate of Central Valley (California
- United States of America)
Central Valley is a valley which stretches almost the entire length of
the state of California. The valley consists of two parts: Sacramento
Valley and San Joaquin Valley. San Joaquin Valley consists of the
southern part of Central Valley. This part of the valley is mainly
used for agriculture. Among several large cities in this region are:
Stockton, Modesto and Fresno. Sacramento Valley consists of the
northern part of Central Valley. On this side of the Sacramento Dam
the main source of income is also agriculture. Mainly fruit trees and
walnut trees are cultivated here. The largest cities in this area are
Redding, Sacramento and Davis. Because Central Valley is completely
surrounded by mountains there is a high chance of smog in this region.
The northern part of Central Valley has a warm Mediterranean climate
the climate in the southern part, in the Fresno region is dry enough
to be classified as a Mediterranean Sea climate or even a desert
climate in the regions southeast from Bakersfield. Summers here are
hot and dry, winters are cool and wet. During the summer daytime
temperatures may rise up to 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 degrees
Fahrenheit). During heat waves temperatures may even rise up to 46
degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit). The rainy season is during
early spring. During this period heavy storms and floods are not
uncommon. These phenomena mainly occur in the southern part of the San
Joaquin Valley and to a lesser degree in Sacramento Valley.
Precipitation figures are higher in the northern part of the valley
than in the southern part. During the winter subzero temperatures are
not uncommon. However, snowfall is uncommon. Central Valley is often
shrouded in mist which is known here as Tule Mist.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Central Valley:
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of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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