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Visalia Overview

A smaller city in central California near the center of the San Joaquin Valley, Visalia is the throbbing heart of this part of the countryside, just under 200 miles north of Las Angeles and over 225 miles southeast of San Francisco, relatively removed from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. It has earned two nicknames over the years in reference to the natural beauty of the surrounding area: “Gateway to the Sequoias” and “The Jewel of the Valley.” It is currently considered one of the most rapidly developing cities in the nation, largely due to overpopulation and more and more people wanting to get away from the metropolitan areas and into a more rural setting.

Summer temperatures are frequently over the 100 degree mark and winter rain, which we only get a few inches of per year (average is less that 10 inches per year), brings what is known as Tule fog. Extremely dense fog that develops early in the evening and gets thicker all night long. It may lift by mid day, but sometimes does not break completely for up to three weeks. That means no sunshine for extended periods.

The area does have all four seasons. Spring brings flowers and blossoms to everything that grows, including the tree fruit which is a big part of our economy. Summer is dry and very hot with very little humidty. Fall brings time to harvest the crops and usually is cooler. Winter is cold, with some years seeing freezing temperatures down to the teens. Day time in winter usually in the thirties and forties. Very seldom snow because of the 400 foot elevation.

Besides tree fruit (oranges, lemons, and a few grapefruit), nuts and olives, the area also has grapes, cotton, and dairies.

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