El Mirage Lake

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El Mirage Lake
Mojave SummerStorm.jpg
Location Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California
Coordinates 34°38′49″N 117°36′00″W / 34.6470°N 117.60001°W / 34.6470; -117.60001Coordinates: 34°38′49″N 117°36′00″W / 34.6470°N 117.60001°W / 34.6470; -117.60001
Lake type Endorheic basin
Basin countries United States
Max. length 10 km (6.2 mi)
Max. width 3 km (1.9 mi)
Shore length1 25 km (16 mi)
Surface elevation 865 m (2,838 ft)
References U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: El Mirage Lake
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

El Mirage Lake is a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California. The lake is located about 9 miles (14 km) west-northwest of the town of Adelanto and 10 mi (16 km) north of Highway 18 in San Bernardino County.

The dry lake, at an elevation of 2,840 ft (870 m), is approximately 6 mi (9.7 km) long. El Mirage Lake is part of the El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Area. It is a popular filming location for automobile commercials. Permits for the Recreation Area can be purchased on-site, at local retailers and online. Annual Permits are $90, weekly Permits are $30, and daily permits are $15.[1] Private aircraft may land on the lakebed.

For 50 years the lakebed has been used by the Southern California Timing Association for timed speed runs. The club also operates the Bonneville Salt Flats speed runs.

Climate[edit]

El Mirage Lakebed experiences a desert climate, with cool winters and hot summers. Due to the lakebed's aridity and altitude, the Diurnal temperature variation is substantial. Though summer days can be very hot, summer nighttime temperatures are cool. The lakebed receives an occasional dusting of snow in the winter months, however, snowfall usually melts within 24 hours.

Climate data for El Mirage Lakebed, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
(24)
82
(28)
88
(31)
96
(36)
104
(40)
110
(43)
112
(44)
108
(42)
106
(41)
98
(37)
84
(29)
80
(27)
112
(44)
Average high °F (°C) 56.8
(13.8)
60.5
(15.8)
65.4
(18.6)
72.1
(22.3)
80.9
(27.2)
91.1
(32.8)
97.7
(36.5)
96.3
(35.7)
89.3
(31.8)
77.8
(25.4)
65.2
(18.4)
56.9
(13.8)
75.83
(24.34)
Average low °F (°C) 29.3
(−1.5)
32.4
(0.2)
36.4
(2.4)
40.0
(4.4)
47.7
(8.7)
55.0
(12.8)
60.3
(15.7)
59.0
(15)
53.5
(11.9)
43.9
(6.6)
34.2
(1.2)
27.9
(−2.3)
43.3
(6.26)
Record low °F (°C) 3
(−16)
5
(−15)
18
(−8)
23
(−5)
29
(−2)
32
(0)
41
(5)
41
(5)
33
(1)
14
(−10)
14
(−10)
1
(−17)
1
(−17)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.14
(29)
1.14
(29)
0.92
(23.4)
0.26
(6.6)
0.21
(5.3)
0.05
(1.3)
0.16
(4.1)
0.35
(8.9)
0.28
(7.1)
0.26
(6.6)
0.31
(7.9)
0.72
(18.3)
5.81
(147.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.8
(2)
0.3
(0.8)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.7
(1.8)
1.9
(4.8)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • California Road & Recreation Atlas, 2005, pg. 104
  1. ^ El Mirage Permits
  2. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 

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