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Climate

It is impossible to generalize about the weather in Big Sur, because the jagged topography causes many separate microclimates. This is one of the few places on Earth where redwoods grow within sight of cacti. Still, Big Sur typically enjoys a mild climate year-round, with a sunny, dry summer and fall, and a cool, wet winter.

Coastal temperatures vary little during the year, ranging in the 50's to 70's (Fahrenheit) from June through October, and in the 40's to 60's from November through May. Farther inland, away from the ocean's moderating influence, temperatures are much more variable.

Annual precipitation in the Big Sur Valley is about 40 inches (100cm), but the rainfall diminishes further to the south to about 25 inches. More than 70% of the rain falls from December through March, while the summer brings drought conditions.

Snow is uncommon during the winter months in the coastal areas, although the mountaintops can receive heavy snowfalls. During winter, the abundant rains cause rock and mudslides that can cut off portions of Highway 1, but the road is usually quickly repaired.


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