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Old 04-14-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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Very dry heat, like humidity between 10 and 40 percent, probably mostly in the 25-30 percent range. It's more of an oven than a sauna!
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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Yep... not much in the way of humidity... virtually none (by definition) if you've spent any time in the east. Summers can reach the low 100-105.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Nowhere in California is there really high humidity & it does not occur as far north as Chico. SoCal can get fairly muggy during mid to late summer but not anything like much of the nation east of the Rocky Mts. Chico is, however, quite hot during summer & almost unbearable during July\ August.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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Nowhere in California is there really high humidity & it does not occur as far north as Chico. SoCal can get fairly muggy during mid to late summer but not anything like much of the nation east of the Rocky Mts. Chico is, however, quite hot during summer & almost unbearable during July\ August.
Yeah, but not like Redding... not that's hot (and yes, very dry)!
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I recall one summer the farmers flooding the rice fields and Chico was 122. It was horrible, but not that common. They did not name their baseball team "Chico Heat" for nothing. LOL Redding is as bad as AZ in my opinion, and hot is just hot.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Yeah, but not like Redding... not that's hot (and yes, very dry)!
Redding is like a total oven & I can't see how people can handle the heat. Because Redding sits sort of on the rim of the Sacramento upper valley the heat tends to build & doesn't cool down as well as cities lower in elevation in the valley like Chico [not that Chico cools down much at night]. The same thing happens in the San Joaquin valley with Bakersfield being on the extreme southern edge & a little higher up in elevation. Both regions are extremely hot but Redding has to the worst outside the California desert regions.

But one really fun thing to do is Lake Shasta. The water is so warm during summer but the air temp has to be at least 10 degrees cooler than Redding. You can swim all night & fish on houseboats.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I know this thread is about the hot climate of Chico. But one more thing about Redding that is sort of funny. People who drive into California from Oregon on Interstate 5 think everything is just fine since the freeway crosses over the Siskiyou Mt. But once they open the car door in Redding some people faint in the heat. These Oregon people think to themselves, if it is this hot in far northern California what must it be like for the rest of the state! They turn about & go back to Oregon. This is also a reason some people in the Pacific NW hate California.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:29 PM
 
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I know this thread is about the hot climate of Chico. But one more thing about Redding that is sort of funny. People who drive into California from Oregon on Interstate 5 think everything is just fine since the freeway crosses over the Siskiyou Mt. But once they open the car door in Redding some people faint in the heat. These Oregon people think to themselves, if it is this hot in far northern California what must it be like for the rest of the state! They turn about & go back to Oregon. This is also a reason some people in the Pacific NW hate California.
And that's if they've first managed to make it thru the Siskiyous without overheating or a major breakdown. I swear, if you've got a weak part on your vehicle (tires, cooling, transmission, etc.), climbing that pass is where it'll usually show up!
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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And that's if they've first managed to make it thru the Siskiyous without overheating or a major breakdown. I swear, if you've got a weak part on your vehicle (tires, cooling, transmission, etc.), climbing that pass is where it'll usually show up!
Agree but it couldn't be worse than the Grapevine where interstate 5 climbs up into the Tehachapi mts toward LA. The freeway signs warn to turn off the AC due to possible engine overheating. There are water stations along the freeway & trucks move at maybe 30 mph. On a summer day it can be slow going at 110F
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