Sonora, California

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Sonora is the county seat of Tuolumne County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 4,423.[1] Sonora is the only incorporated community in Tuolumne County.



Sonora is located at 37°59′04″N 120°22′54″W / 37.984361°N 120.381767°W / 37.984361; -120.381767,[2] around the intersection of California State Highways 49 and 108 The altitude is 1,825 feet (556 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.9 km²), all of it land.


Sonora has cool, wet winters and hot, mostly dry summers. Average January temperatures are a maximum of 54.5 °F (12.5 °C) and a minimum of 33.5 °F (0.8 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 94.6 °F (34.8 °C) and a minimum of 58.8 °F (14.9 °C). There are an average of 75.5 days annually with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher and an average of 52.2 days annually with lows of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower. The record high temperature was 113 °F (45 °C) on June 22, 1961, and July 15, 1972. The record low temperature was 8 °F (−13 °C) on December 9, 1972.

Average annual rainfall is 32.07 inches (815 mm). There are an average of 60 days annually with measurable precipitation. Most of the rainfall falls from November through April. There are sometimes afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the summer months, which drift down from the Sierra Nevada. The wettest year was 1940 with 46.67 inches (1,185 mm) and the driest year was 1976 with 15.06 inches (383 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 21.69 inches (551 mm) in December 1955, including 7.10 inches (180 mm) on December 27, the record 24 hour rainfall. Average annual snowfall is only 4.7 inches (120 mm). The most snowfall in one month was 30.5 inches (770 mm) in January 1933.[3]

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