Watsonville, CA

Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 44,265 at the 2000 census. Like neighboring Salinas in Monterey County, Watsonville produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, primarily strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and table mushrooms. Martinelli's, a producer of sparkling apple cider, is headquartered there, as are Driscoll's Strawberries, Sweet Darling Strawberries and West Marine Dole strawberry operations are headquarted here also. The City of Watsonville has habitat areas that support the endangered species Santa Cruz Tarweed on the California coastal prairie ecosystem. Considerable population growth occurred since 1980, requiring preparation of a number of Environmental Impact Reports, with resultant development removing certain lands of the city from productive natural habitat. Most of the coastal land adjacent to Watsonville is part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, a designation championed by former Assemblyman Leon Panetta. Heading away from the coast, the backdrop features the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making this town a little "hideout" from Silicon Valley. The town is flanked by agricultural land all around its perimeter. Including apples,lettuce and other fruits and vegetables. The National Weather Service cooperative station at the Watsonville Waterworks reports cool, relatively wet winters and mild, dry summers. Fog and low overcast is common in the night and morning hours, especially in the summer when warmer air from inland areas mixes with the cool, most air near Monterey Bay.

January, normally the coldest month, has an average maximum of 59.9°F and an average minimum of 38.5°F. September, normally the warmest month, has an average maximum of 73.2°F and an average minimum of 51.7°F. There are an average of 4.9 days annually with highs of 90°F (32°C) or higher and an average of 13.5 days annually with lows of 32°F (0°C) or lower. Cool nights are common in the summer, due to the influence of chilly Monterey Bay. The record high temperature was 106°F on October 2, 1980. The record low temperature was 12°F on December 22, 1990.

Average annual rainfall is 22.41 inches, with measurable precipitation falling on an average of 61 days each year. The wettest year was 1983 with 48.35 inches and the dryest year was 1976 with 10.66 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 15.99 inches in February 1998. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 5.93 inches on February 14, 2000. Although significant snowfall occurs several times a year on the higher mountains nearby, measurable snowfall is a rarity along Monterey Bay.

Watsonville is home for Totlcom, Inc., a leading dealer for Toshiba Business Telephone Systems and ShoreTel business telephone systems.

 

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