Ben Lomond, California

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Ben Lomond is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 2,364 at the 2000 census if searched by name, but 6,394 if searched by zip code to take the entire area into consideration.

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Geography

Ben Lomond is located on State Highway 9, about 12 miles from Santa Cruz, California and 34 miles from San Jose, California (the nearest major city) at 37°5′24″N 122°5′24″W / 37.09°N 122.09°W / 37.09; -122.09 (37.09, -122.09)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²). The San Lorenzo River runs through it, and it is in what is known locally as the San Lorenzo Valley, which is at the foot of Ben Lomond mountain. The area was settled by Scots and is named after a mountain in Scotland. Ben Lomond means "beacon peak" in Gaelic.

Loch Lomond is a reservoir built on Newell Creek.

The now-defunct Wagon Wheel Bar and Restaurant was where heavyweight boxer Jim Jeffreys trained in the 1940s.

Climate

The National Weather Service has kept weather records for Ben Lomond since 1937. The Western Climate Center reports that Ben Lomond has an average annual rainfall of 49.00 inches and an average annual snowfall of 0.2 inch. January is the coldest month with a normal maximum of 61.5 °F (16.4 °C) and a normal minimum of 36.9 °F (2.7 °C). August is the warmest month with a normal maximum of 85.5 °F (29.7 °C) and a normal minimum of 50.4 °F (10.2 °C).

The record high temperature was 112 °F (44 °C) on October 8, 1996, and July 22, 2006, and the record low temperature was 15 °F (−9 °C) on December 22, 1990. There are an average of 39.2 days annually with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and 34.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower.

The wettest year was 1958 with 65.46 inches of precipitation and the dryest year was 1961 with 28.99 inches. The most precipitation in one month was 35.77 inches in December 1955. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 11.47 inches on January 4, 1982. There are an average of 76 days with measurable precipitation. The heaviest 24-hour snowfall was 2.0 inches on January 21, 1962.[2]

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