This giant valley in Central California is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. Some of the cities within the valley are: Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Ceres, Modesto, Turlock, Atwater, Merced, Madera, Chowchilla, Clovis, Fresno, Selma, Sanger, Hanford, Visalia, Reedley, Dinuba, Porterville, Kingsburg, Tulare, Delano and Bakersfield.
The valley’s summer heat is intense but dry and so much more tolerable than the stifling humidity of a mid-western July or August. The relatively cool valley nights could scarcely be bought at any price in St. Louis. The most disagreeable part of the valley weather is surely the dense tule fog that shuts out the sun for days or even weeks at a time in the winter when stagnant high pressure systems clamp down on California.