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Old 04-15-2010, 12:57 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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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
Yup! And speaking of heat, entering the state from the east, via Death Valley ain't so good either... (not to mention, the famous "Donner Party")!

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Had to resurrect this thread because I've got a few more questions. Will be moving there from Phoenix this summer and wanted to get an idea of the intensity of the heat. Phoenix is hot in the day but there is soooooo much heat absorbing pavement here and so few trees, grass and rivers that night time is almost worse IMO. Does Chico cool off at night? Phoenix usually hits 100 degrees the first week of May. When does Chico start to see 100 deg + weather? Phoenix heat is non stop, day after day after day from the beginning of May until the end of September. Is Chico really really hot all summer long or are there brief periods of cool upper 80's low 90's weather? Thanks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I recall a summer day hitting over 115 and the rice farmers were flooding their fields and we about died. Chico did cool down some in the summer but life in the foothills, Paradise, Magalia, were far cooler. Coming from Phoenix, you will survive the summer there. Just remember that Chico named its baseball team Chico Heat for a reason. If you like good wine and cheese, please stop by Creekside Cellars and try some good treats. I miss that place most of all. Chico has so much going for it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I live about 22 miles south of Chico. This part of the Sacramento Valley is about 10-15 degrees cooler than Phoenix throughout the summer. It rarely gets the "Monsoon" moisture that can occasionally flow up from the Desert SW and over the Sierra Nevada. Generally, its about 25-30% humidity in the summer. Its not as bone dry as the desert can be at times, but its definitely nothing like the eastern two-thirds of the country. In the summer we do get some cooling in the form of a "Delta Breeze" from the San Francisco Bay. That happens about once a week for a few days and the temps will drop into the 80s or low 90s. Other than that 100s usually start appearing in mid to late June and generally last off and on until early September. A run-of-the-mill July day would be in the high 90s. Nights are not too bad - usually mid to high 60s by late night/early morning.

Chico has nothing like Phoenix's concrete and asphalt jungle! They maintain a very nice "urban forest" with a lot of trees and its a much smaller place surrounded by farmland and orchards.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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Having lived much of my life in southern Arizona, I have to laugh at people who think that Chico is hot in summer. A lot of people in northern California are used to the mild weather on the coast, and anything over 75 is "hot" on their scale of relativity.
Daytime highs in Chico are very similar to Sedona. Nightime lows in Chico run 5-7 degrees cooler than Sedona at the hottest time of the year. Most Chicoans I know say that the worst thing about the weather in the area happens from Dec. to Feb.

Climate Comparison for Chico, CA and Phoenix, AZ (85029)
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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Thanks Beau. Clears things up quite a bit for me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:25 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Temperatures from 4 years of weather records for Chico*:

Month | Above 105 | 100-104 | 95-99 | 90-94

2012
June 0, 2, 3, 4
July 0, 6, 7, 5
Aug 1, 4, 11, 10
Sept 0, 0, 4, 16

2011
June 1, 0, 1, 2
July 0, 2, 7, 10
Aug 0, 0, 10, 13
Sept 0, 2, 11, 7

2010
June 0, 0, 1, 2
July 1, 0, 3, 6,
Aug 0, 0, 1, 1
Sept 0, 0, 1, 1

2009
June 0, 2, 3, 4
July 0, 4, 7, 9
Aug 0, 0, 4, 8
Sept 0, 0, 0, 4


*from KCIC, the Chico airport, via weatherunderground historic records
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:47 AM
 
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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.
Just to clarify....Redding is hot because it's on the south side of a 14,000 foot mountain. In the Northern Hemisphere, south sides of mountains are always going to be a lot warmer than places that aren't situated this way (all other things being equal). That is why Redding is hotter than Bakersfield in July, despite Bakersfield being hundreds of miles farther south. Redding is on the south side of a huge mountain and Bakersfield is on the northern side of lower mountains.
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:52 AM
 
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Temperatures from 4 years of weather records for Chico*:

Month | Above 105 | 100-104 | 95-99 | 90-94

2012
June 0, 2, 3, 4
July 0, 6, 7, 5
Aug 1, 4, 11, 10
Sept 0, 0, 4, 16

2011
June 1, 0, 1, 2
July 0, 2, 7, 10
Aug 0, 0, 10, 13
Sept 0, 2, 11, 7

2010
June 0, 0, 1, 2
July 1, 0, 3, 6,
Aug 0, 0, 1, 1
Sept 0, 0, 1, 1

2009
June 0, 2, 3, 4
July 0, 4, 7, 9
Aug 0, 0, 4, 8
Sept 0, 0, 0, 4


*from KCIC, the Chico airport, via weatherunderground historic records
The problem with this data is that the last few years the summers have been cooler than average throughout NorCal. We've had more days in the 70s in the summer here in San Jose the last 3 years than I can ever remember in my 16 years of living here. The first 13 years I lived here, it was pretty rare to have days where the high was in the 70s and if it was, it would be like 78 or 79. The last few years most days were in the high 70s and we even had some in the low 70s. A few hot days would skew the average upward, be we've also had a below average number of 90 degree days as well.

This cooler trend has been true for the rest NorCal as well....but I wouldn't expect it to continue (as much as I would like it to!)
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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The problem with this data is that the last few years the summers have been cooler than average throughout NorCal. We've had more days in the 70s in the summer here in San Jose the last 3 years than I can ever remember in my 16 years of living here. The first 13 years I lived here, it was pretty rare to have days where the high was in the 70s and if it was, it would be like 78 or 79. The last few years most days were in the high 70s and we even had some in the low 70s. A few hot days would skew the average upward, be we've also had a below average number of 90 degree days as well.

This cooler trend has been true for the rest NorCal as well....but I wouldn't expect it to continue (as much as I would like it to!)
Nationally, 2012 was the warmest year on record. Regionally, the West Coast ran two degrees below average in 2012. There may be a correlation, as higher interior temperatures can cause pressure differentials that pull marine air further inland than usual.
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