Big Sur Region
Big Sur is a rugged, mountainous region along the Central Coast of California that is bounded to the north by Carmel and to the south by Ragged Point, just past the southern, coastal border of Monterey County.
The Big Sur region experiences a Mediterranean climate characterized by dry summers and mild wet winters. From 1915 - 2016 the average annual temperature was 68.6 F and average rainfall was 40.79 inches . Big Sur receives significantly more rain than other parts of Monterey County due to the influence of the coastally positioned Santa Lucia Mountains. This geographic feature forces cool ocean air to rise quickly and subsequently fall as precipitation.
- Marble Cone Fire (1977)
- Rat Creek - Gorda Complex Fire (1985)
- Kirk Complex Wildfire (1999)
- Basin Complex Fire (2008)
- Soberanes Fire (2016)
State Parks and Reserves
- Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
- Garrapata State Park
- Point Sur State Historic Park
- Andrew Molera State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- John Little State Natural Reserve
- Limekiln State Park
- Hearst San Simeon State Park
- Big Sur Station - Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institue https://wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ca0790
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