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Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation

2415 Imperial Business Park Drive, Suite A
Imperial, CA 92251
P: +1 760-353-8332

Overview

The Imperial County has 309 sunny days pear year, with a July high of 106 degrees and a January low of 41. The region gets 3 inches of rain per year compared to the U.S. average of 39 inches. There are 29 days with any measurable precipitation (Sperling's Best Places).

The Sperling comfort index for the valley is a 76 out of 100; a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate, compared to the U.S. average of 54.

Lakes


Sunbeam Lake
Sunbeam Lake is a popular tourist attraction for fishing. Every year, the Imperial County of Imperial, Kiwanis Club of El Centro, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife host the Annual Imperial Valley Jr. Trout Fishing Derby, which invites children ages 15 and under to participate and win the grand prize. Recently, this lakeside park has undergone renovation with the grand re-opening of the Sunbeam Lake Splash Pad.

Geologic Features

The Imperial Valley is largely flat terrain with mountains toward the west. Its central portion has been irrigated with water from the Colorado River since nearly the turn of the century. Historically, Imperial Valley has been one of California’s leading agricultural areas.

Today, the economy is driven by logistics firms, warehousing, retail trade and light manufacturing. The valley encompasses nearly 500,000 acres of some of the world's most productive farmland and possesses the largest single water right on the Colorado River. Abundant agricultural resources and a year-round growing season make it an area prime for biofuel production.

Temperature

  Avg High (°F) Avg Low (°F) Mean (°F) Heat Deg Day Cool Deg Day
Jan 70.3 41.0 55.6 291 1
Feb 73.9 44.4 59.1 172 9
Mar 79.6 49.1 64.3 82 61
Apr 85.9 54.1 70.0 22 172
May 94.4 61.0 77.7 1 395
Jun 102.4 67.8 85.1 0 603
Jul 106.2 75.0 90.6 0 794
Aug 105.5 75.8 90.6 0 795
Sep 101.0 70.3 85.6 0 619
Oct 89.9 58.9 74.4 6 298
Nov 78.0 47.3 62.6 115 45
Dec 68.9 40.1 54.5 326 0

Temperature Extremes, Annual Number of Days

  Days
High > 90°F (Num. of Days) 172
Low < 32°F (Num. of Days) 4
Low < 0°F (Num. of Days) 0

Precipitation

  Precip Total " Snowfall Total " Days Precip ≥ 0.01" Days Precip ≥ 0.5" Days Snow Depth ≥ 10"
Jan 0.5 0.0 2.7 0.3 0.0
Feb 0.5 0.0 2.6 0.2 0.0
Mar 0.3 0.0 2.0 0.2 0.0
Apr 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
May 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0
Jun 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0
Jul 0.1 0.0 0.5 0.1 0.0
Aug 0.2 0.0 1.9 0.1 0.0
Sep 0.3 0.0 1.1 0.2 0.0
Oct 0.3 0.0 1.1 0.1 0.0
Nov 0.2 0.0 1.4 0.1 0.0
Dec 0.4 0.0 2.6 0.2 0.0