Groveland-Big Oak Flat, California

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Groveland-Big Oak Flat is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California, United States. The population was 3,388 at the 2000 census. This CDP includes the communities of Groveland, Big Oak Flat, and Pine Mountain Lake (PML).[1]

The town hosts an annual 49er Festival on the 3rd Saturday of September, hosted by the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce, [1]. Groveland is the location of the Groveland Ranger District office of the Stanislaus National Forest. The Groveland Community Services District provides services, including fire protection, to the community . The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Tuolumne-Calaveras Ranger Unit, Battalion 16, has a Forest Fire Station west of Groveland on State Route 120.


Geography and climate

Groveland-Big Oak Flat is located at 37°50′45″N 120°12′28″W / 37.845867°N 120.207697°W / 37.845867; -120.207697.[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 28.8 square miles (74.6 km²), of which, 28.5 square miles (73.9 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) of it (0.90%) is water.

Groveland has cold, wet winters and very warm, mostly dry summers. Average January temperatures are a maximum of 57.5°F and a minimum of 30.2°F. Average July temperatures are a maximum of 90.8°F and a minimum of 54.2°F. There are an average of 32.4 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 81.6 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. The highest recorded temperature was 103°F on July 26, 1980, and the lowest recorded temperature was -2°F on January 30, 1916.

Annual precipitation averages 37.28 inches. There are an average of 58 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1982 with 66.95 inches and the dryest year was 1976 with 12.27 inches. The most precipitation in one month was 30.76 inches in January 1911. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 8.26 inches on January 27, 1914. Average annual snowfall is 15.3 inches. The snowiest year was 1967 with 65.0 inches. The most snow in one month was 42.0 inches in April 1967.[3]


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