The Mediterranean Climate
There are only five places in the world that have a true Mediterranean climate. These are the areas in both hemispheres that are between the subtropical zone and the temperate.
The Mediterranean climate is characterized by a proximity to the ocean or a sea, a cool wet winter, and a long dry summer. A very small percentage of the land mass of the earth is in these two narrow bands. In the Northern hemisphere it only occurs around the Mediterranean Basin between Europe, Africa, and Asia Minor, and on the coast of California from about San Diego to Mendocino. In the southern hemisphere a small part of the south of Australia, the tip of South Africa, and part of the coast of Chile have these characteristics.
Our mountain, The Santa Ynez Range lies in this small zone. Additionally, our south facing slope with ocean influence is a very rare occurrence in the world. Most all the mountain ranges of the world have a north south axis. This gives us the unique features that make our place so desirable.
The chaparral community of plants, birds and animals is also one of the most varied and diverse ecosystems in the world. Only two percent of the world's flora is chaparral but it contains vast numbers of creatures and plants, many of which are endangered.
We also have the most rainfall of Santa Barbara County from the top of the mountain down to about one thousand feet above sea level.
Ours is a very special place and worthy of protection. Los Padres National Forest, dedicated in about 1900, limits development and makes it truly unique.
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