Weed is a small city midway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, and between Los Angeles and Seattle, Washington, on the I-5 corridor running north/south in California.
Weed is officially recognized as part of the Volcanic Scenic Byway, a 500 mile route beginning in California’s Lake Amador basin and ending at Crater Lake in Oregon.
The route traverses extraordinary scenery and geologic phenomena and links the four notable volcanoes in this part of the continent.
Climate and population
Four distinct seasons delineate the year in Weed. Summer’s heat is partially alleviated by the prevailing south winds. Average daytime temperatures range between 80 and 90 degrees, and there are periodic thunderstorms. Nights often cool into the 50s. Autumn weather can set in as early as Labor Day, and the winters are dry but sometimes snowy. Daytime winter temperatures average in the 30s to 40s, dropping to the mid 20s at night.
Springtime is often short, the last frost sometimes coming as late as Memorial Day. Weed’s elevation is 3,500 feet, and its growing season averages 100 days. The city is listed as a USDA Zone 6, and as Zone 1 in Sunset Magazine.
Siskiyou County covers 6,287 square miles of forest, high desert, and mountain terrain. Although clustered for the most part in small cities and towns throughout the area, the 44,300 Siskiyou County residents have plenty of elbow room. Approximately 3,300 people live in Weed, with an estimated 7,000 more people living in the surrounding unincorporated area.
The city is home to people from diverse ethnic heritages living, working, schooling or retiring in a warm, small town culture in natural striking beauty and spaciousness.
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