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Old 01-03-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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How is the weather there year around? I'm used to the humidity and heat of Florida. I heard Northern California is cooler compared to Southern California. Do you get snow in Sacramento? Just wondering so I just asked.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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We don't get snow, except a light dusting maybe every 20 years. It gets hot here, but not humid. Winters are cool and usually rainy and foggy, this year we have a drought and unusually warm temperatures.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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Not being snarky, but this is a pretty fair representation of our weather: Sacramento, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
+/- 10 degrees F from the mean temperatures will give you an idea of an average day in a given month, which isn't to say there aren't extremes.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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How is the weather there year around? I'm used to the humidity and heat of Florida. I heard Northern California is cooler compared to Southern California. Do you get snow in Sacramento? Just wondering so I just asked.
Depends where you are in Northern California. If you're on the coast, it's just like Oregon--cool and rainy, even during the summer. But go 100 miles inland and it's much different--very hot, dry, and desert like. In fact, most summers go by without a drop of rain. All our rain here in Sacramento (which is inland, with very hot, dry summers) occurs during the winter, so you wear rainboots here.

I've never been to Florida, but having spent 10 weeks in the summer in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, I must say I prefer the muggy heat more than the dry heat. Here in Sacramento, a 100 degree day can drop overnight to 55-60 degrees; too chilly. And there's not even a single cloud in the sky, much less rain, most days in the summer, so when there's a 100 degree+ heat wave, there's no hope of a thunderstorm cooling everything off. Not to mention the hillsides turn dead and brown, and all the creeks dry up in California for the entire summer, paving the way for massive autumn wildfires.
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:43 AM
 
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Depends where you are in Northern California. If you're on the coast, it's just like Oregon--cool and rainy, even during the summer. But go 100 miles inland and it's much different--very hot, dry, and desert like. In fact, most summers go by without a drop of rain. All our rain here in Sacramento (which is inland, with very hot, dry summers) occurs during the winter, so you wear rainboots here.

I've never been to Florida, but having spent 10 weeks in the summer in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, I must say I prefer the muggy heat more than the dry heat. Here in Sacramento, a 100 degree day can drop overnight to 55-60 degrees; too chilly. And there's not even a single cloud in the sky, much less rain, most days in the summer, so when there's a 100 degree+ heat wave, there's no hope of a thunderstorm cooling everything off. Not to mention the hillsides turn dead and brown, and all the creeks dry up in California for the entire summer, paving the way for massive autumn wildfires.
The only correction I would make to what you said is that the Northern California coast does not receive rainfall in the summertime. Check out climate data for San Francisco. It definitely gets foggy along the coast, and it stays cool except in a few Pockets, but the rain storms stay far to the North. It's technically a cool summer Mediterranean climate. San Francisco typically goes for the same number of months without rain as Sacramento.
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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How is the weather there year around? I'm used to the humidity and heat of Florida. I heard Northern California is cooler compared to Southern California. Do you get snow in Sacramento? Just wondering so I just asked.
Here is a photo of Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento, to give you an idea of the overall climate.



And one of my favorite Parts about downtown are the orange trees planted as street trees:



It's still pretty mild even in Winter, pretty much everywhere in California.
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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How is the weather there year around? I'm used to the humidity and heat of Florida. I heard Northern California is cooler compared to Southern California. Do you get snow in Sacramento? Just wondering so I just asked.
Sacramento is pretty much just two seasons. Hot and sunny, cool/mild and rainy. During the summer months, it's hot, sunny, and dry. No humidity and rain is pretty much unheard of. The winter months are usually wet, cloudy, and cooler. 50s-60s for daytime highs. It never snows and when it does rain, it's just that... plain rain. No severe thunderstorms or anything you find along the gulf coast. Sacramento is in a valley and it's pretty flat here so it is prone to flooding though.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:48 PM
 
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Sacramento is pretty much just two seasons. Hot and sunny, cool/mild and rainy. During the summer months, it's hot, sunny, and dry. No humidity and rain is pretty much unheard of. The winter months are usually wet, cloudy, and cooler. 50s-60s for daytime highs. It never snows and when it does rain, it's just that... plain rain. No severe thunderstorms or anything you find along the gulf coast. Sacramento is in a valley and it's pretty flat here so it is prone to flooding though.
You had me up until the flooding.

How much of a concern is flooding in the Sacramento area?

Does it happen often? Yearly? Bi-yearly?

Also, I believe I saw a documentary once which stated that earthen dikes are the main defense protecting the area from widespread, catastrophic flooding.

If this is true, then what's the plan (if any) to protect the populace during and after a moderate or higher earthquake?
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:50 PM
 
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Here is a photo of Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento, to give you an idea of the overall climate.



And one of my favorite Parts about downtown are the orange trees planted as street trees:



It's still pretty mild even in Winter, pretty much everywhere in California.
That's the type of winter I'm ready for.

Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Old 06-16-2018, 03:37 PM
 
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You had me up until the flooding.

How much of a concern is flooding in the Sacramento area?

Does it happen often? Yearly? Bi-yearly?

Also, I believe I saw a documentary once which stated that earthen dikes are the main defense protecting the area from widespread, catastrophic flooding.

If this is true, then what's the plan (if any) to protect the populace during and after a moderate or higher earthquake?
Not that much. Biggest risk is from on the leaky levees breaking. Nothing is really being done about it, hasn't been decades. There was a bit more interest with the 2017 rainy season and Oroville dam crisis. But really, the bulk of the flood protection is Oroville and Shasta dams. If those fail catastrophically, which wasn't at risk in 2017 just the top 20 feet or so which would have punched out somewhere before Sacramento and not done any real damage to Sacramento itself, no amount of levees are going to do anything.

Oroville dam is a bit more than an earthen ****. It's an earthen dam, sure, but it's a massive one. The area doesn't get that many major earth quakes. Biggest has been a 5.7 and the dam was fine. The bigger concern there is, like the levees, it's neglected. There was enough of a scare in 2017 we'll probably be okay for ten years or so until the spotlight is off them and they go back to not doing maintenance.

Routine flooding isn't common or a major problem. A street might flood if a storm drain gets blocked. Nothing like what LA regularly gets when it actually does rain in LA, which isn't that often.
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