Rialto, California

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Rialto is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. According to Census Bureau estimates, the city had a total population of 93,284 in 2005. Rialto is home to four major regional distribution centers: Staples, Inc., which serves stores across the entire West Coast of the United States, Toys "R" Us, FedEx and Target in the northern region of the city, in the Las Colinas community. One of the United States' largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars, is also headquartered in Rialto.

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Climate

Rialto features a somewhat cooler version of a Mediterranean climate which may be characterized as a Continental Mediterranean climate, which is known for wet, cool to chilly winters (frost is common during this time of the year) with hot, dry summers. Relative to other areas in Southern California, winters are colder with frost and with chilly morning temperatures common. Also, the particularly arid climate during the summer prevents tropospheric clouds from forming, meaning temperatures rise to what is considered Class Orange by the scientists at NOAA. Rialto gets an average of 16 inches (41 cm) of rain, hail, or light snow showers each year; most of this rainfall percipitates in winter. During winter, Rialto's northern-most neighborhood, gets snow, heavily at times due to its elevation of about 3,000 feet above sea level. However, most of city lies out of snowfalls' range.

The seasonal Santa Ana winds are felt particularly strongly in not only Rialto but the greater San Bernadino area as warm and dry air is channeled through nearby Cajon Pass at times during the autumn months. This phenomenon markedly increases the wildfire danger in the foothill, canyon, and mountain communities that the cycle of cold wet winters and dry summers helps create.

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