Blue Canyon, California

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Blue Canyon
Unincorporated community
Blue Canyon is located in California
Blue Canyon
Blue Canyon
Blue Canyon is located in the US
Blue Canyon
Blue Canyon
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°15′26″N 120°42′40″W / 39.25722°N 120.71111°W / 39.25722; -120.71111Coordinates: 39°15′26″N 120°42′40″W / 39.25722°N 120.71111°W / 39.25722; -120.71111
Country  United States
State  California
County Placer County
Elevation[1] 4,695 ft (1,431 m)

Blue Canyon (also, Blue Cañon) is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California.[1] Blue Canyon is located 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Emigrant Gap.[2] It lies at an elevation of 4695 feet (1431 m).[1]

Blue Canyon was possibly named for the blue smoke of the camps when extensive lumbering occurred there in the 1850s. It might otherwise have been named after a miner from that same period named "Old Jim Blue".[3]

The Blue Canyon post office operated from 1867 to 1927. The Blue Cañon post office operated from 1936 to 1942 and from 1948 to 1964.[2]

Climate[edit]

Blue Canyon has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Blue Canyon (1940-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 71
(22)
73
(23)
72
(22)
82
(28)
88
(31)
92
(33)
95
(35)
97
(36)
93
(34)
88
(31)
78
(26)
75
(24)
97
(36)
Average high °F (°C) 44.1
(6.7)
44.6
(7)
46
(8)
51.7
(10.9)
60.4
(15.8)
69
(21)
77.3
(25.2)
76.8
(24.9)
72.1
(22.3)
62.1
(16.7)
50.4
(10.2)
45.3
(7.4)
58.3
(14.6)
Average low °F (°C) 31.7
(−0.2)
31.7
(−0.2)
32.5
(0.3)
36.4
(2.4)
43.9
(6.6)
51.8
(11)
59.6
(15.3)
58.8
(14.9)
54.2
(12.3)
46
(8)
37.1
(2.8)
32.9
(0.5)
43
(6)
Record low °F (°C) 5
(−15)
6
(−14)
9
(−13)
17
(−8)
21
(−6)
28
(−2)
36
(2)
35
(2)
27
(−3)
17
(−8)
13
(−11)
3
(−16)
3
(−16)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 12.16
(308.9)
10.24
(260.1)
9.22
(234.2)
5.16
(131.1)
3.25
(82.6)
0.95
(24.1)
0.21
(5.3)
0.33
(8.4)
0.89
(22.6)
3.8
(97)
8.89
(225.8)
12.04
(305.8)
67.13
(1,705.1)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 48.1
(122.2)
43.5
(110.5)
49.8
(126.5)
25
(64)
7.5
(19.1)
0.6
(1.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1)
2.7
(6.9)
24
(61)
38.8
(98.6)
240.3
(610.4)
Average precipitation days 12 12 13 10 7 3 1 1 3 6 10 13 91
Source: WRCC[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blue Canyon, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 452. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1998). California place names : the origin and etymology of current geographical names (4th ed., rev. and enl. ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 39. ISBN 0520213165. 
  4. ^ "BLUE CANYON AP, CA (040897)". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved November 29, 2015.