Madera, California

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Madera is a city in and the county seat of Madera County, California, United States.[2] It is a principal city of the Madera–Chowchilla Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Madera County and the Metropolitan Fresno. It is located in California's San Joaquin Valley. As of 2009, the city's population is about 56,710. The City of Madera is home to the Madera Unified School District.

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Geography and climate

Madera is located at 36°57′41″N 120°03′39″W / 36.96139°N 120.06083°W / 36.96139; -120.06083.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.8 km²), all of it land.

Madera is the location of the Madera American Viticultural Area.

38 Miles east of Madera is the geographic center of California. Geographic centers of the United States

Average January temperatures are a maximum of 53.9°F and a minimum of 35.9°F. Average July temperatures are a maximum of 98.3°F and a minimum of 61.4°F. Annually, there are an average of 105.2 days with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 30.8 days with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. The record high temperature was 116°F on July 13, 1961. The record low temperature was 15°F on January 10, 1949.

Average annual rainfall is 10.97 inches and there are an average of 43 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest year was 1983 with 22.13 inches and the dryest year was 1932 with 4.73 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 7.11 inches in March 1991. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 2.60 inches on May 6, 2005. Although snow is rare, 4.0 inches fell in January 1962.[3]

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