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Old 09-24-2007, 04:53 PM
 
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Is Sacramento considered High Desert or Desert in general?

Last edited by SoCal78; 09-24-2007 at 04:55 PM.. Reason: spelling error
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Shingle Springs, CA
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My relatives in Hawaii think Sacramento is a desert! But Sacramento and the nearby foothill areas are considered to be a Savanah Grassland, which is a fancy way to say a grassland area with trees.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:31 PM
 
Location: San Diego (Unv Heights)
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Sacramento is technically not considered desert. Although, for almost half the year it can sure feel like it much of the time when temperatures can reach the 100-110 degree range. The Sacramento area is considered semi-arid especially from late May through September when it's typically bone dry with little to no precipitation. It can be much greener and more lush than any desert region during the rainy season from November till April, but a lot of the vegetation turns brown, dried out, and brushy by mid July giving the area a semi-desert looking scape.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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Ah yes, the Pyramids of Rancho Cordova with their reflection shimmering off the Nile is why I moved to Sacto. Kidding aside, Sacto does get hot, but nothing like the desert. We are at the foot of the Sierra's with pretty good weather for the most part.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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It's a valley, not a desert. I lived above Sacramento for 30 years, in Placerville. In fact I was just there visiting my DD who lives in Sac.

I suppose driving up 50 east from Sac looks a little like a desert. I never thought of it that way. Yes I do not miss the brown. Still looks brown driving up the hill.
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Sacramento is in a large flat valley and it looks like the flat praire land that you would find in Kansas or Nebraska. Not desert at all.
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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I always thought it was the valley
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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Geographically it's important to realize that all CA cities are where they are for a reason. Sac, for example, is a river valley (Sacramento River), LA has a harbor and a river (LA River), San Diego has a harbor and a river, and the Bay Area has a confluence of rivers, river valleys, and harbors.

The Sacramento river delta is a major watershed supplying a huge amount of water to the state of California and is an important strategic asset on the state and even national level.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:00 AM
 
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Sacramento is not desert or high desert.

Elevations range from around 12 feet near downtown to close to 500 feet in the eastern suburbs. Elevations quickly rise higher east of Folsom. There is a tidal influence on the Sacramento River downtown.

Annual average precipitation ranges from around 17 or 18 inches downtown to 20 or 25 inches in the eastern suburbs. Precipitation rapidly goes up east of Rocklin and Folsom with 30 to 40 inch amounts becoming more typical near Placerville and Auburn.

Grassland/mixed oak trees in the valley meets forests in the foothills.

Mediterranean climate with pronounced annual wet and dry seasons.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:13 AM
 
Location: the best coast
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sacramento isnt really like the desert at all temperature wise. save late june through late september
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