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Local Information

Santa Barbara and the University

Santa Barbara experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate characteristic of coastal California. Santa Barbara's weather was ranked number 1 in the United States in 2018 by US News and World Report. Because the city lies along the ocean and parallel to the predominant westerly winds, sideshore and light onshore breezes moderate temperatures resulting in warmer winters and cooler summers compared with places farther inland. Summers in Southern California are mostly rainless due to the presence of a high-pressure area over the eastern Pacific, but summer showers can happen due to tropical hurricane/monsoonal flows that rarely reach Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, the "American Riviera," is a year-round tourist destination renowned for its fair weather, downtown beaches, and Spanish architecture. For more information about Santa Barbara, see https://santabarbaraca.com. For more information about the University of California, Santa Barbara, visit https://www.ucsb.edu/. An interactive campus map may be found here and a printable version here.


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