San Luis Obispo Region

San Luis Obispo County (Click on icon below to view a map of the County)
When California was admitted to the United States in 1850, San Luis Obispo County was one of the original counties.  It lies about equidistant ( 200 miles) between between Los Angeles and San Francisco and stretches from the Pacific Ocean as its western boundary to about 90 miles east abutting Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley .  The region is commonly known as SLO County Map the Central Coast area of California.  With only about 240,00 inhabitants, the county is as yet  relatively uncluttered since its economic base is still comprised of agriculture with government services, tourism and recreation also being employment contributors.  The largest private industrial employer is Pacific Gas and Electric's  Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant  situated at a secluded area on the coast between Morro Bay and Avila Beach. The large majority of the inhabitants live in the western part of the county near the coast and along the Interstate 101 corridor which traverses the county from north to south.  The eastern part of the county is sparsely populated.  

The populated part of the county broadly divides itself into four major  areas:
   (1) the North Coast area which follows the scenic California Route 1 through the towns of Morro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria to the famed Hearst Castle at San Simeon to the north;
   (2) the rural and agricultural North County which is above the Cuesta Mountain escarpment  where Paso Robles and Atascadero are the principal population centers;
   (3) the San Luis Obispo area which is about the center of the north/south population corridor with the city of San Luis Obispo being the county's largest;
    (4) and the South County which stretches along I-101 from Pismo Beach to Nipomo on the southern edge of the county.

City of San Luis Obispo
The city now with a population of about 46,500 is the county seat and the largest and most important city of San Luis Obispo County .  It has the great majority of all city, county, state and federal government services and is the home of California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) with its 16,000 students situated on 6000 acres and the active Roman Catholic Mission SanSLO Mission Luis Obispo de Tolosa dating back to 1772  from which the town derives its name. With the construction of the narrow gauge Pacific Coast Railway in the 1850s to bring ocean freight from Port San Luis (Avila Beach) to the city and the completion of the coast route of the Southern Pacific Railroad from Los Angeles through San Luis Obispo to San Francisco in 1896, the city was and still is an important rail center with freight and passenger traffic being a significant form of its transportation infrastructure.  A major attraction to the area is not only the small town atmosphere with its SLOwer pace, growing cultural endowments and  lack of congestion but a climate of consistently moderate temperatures and humidity throughout the entire year.

The Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo County Wine Production
Within the last decade San Luis Obispo County has become the second most important premium wine producing  region of California  with a great amount of its arable agricultural land having been converted to vineyards.  While the major production of wine (mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel) is centered in the North county area (Paso Robles), the Edna Valley Vineyards which stretches from the south of San Luis Obispo southeast to Arroyo Grande  has become a producer of  outstanding Chardonney, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and white Rhone varietals because of its more temperate climate.  With wine grape production skyrocketing, wineries have mushroomed throughout the area from corporate producers such as Kendall-Jackson and Meridian to a host of locally owned "boutique" wineries whose production usually does not leave the area.  As a result,  grape and wine production has become an important economic driver of the County not only for its own value but from the tourism it has created.

The Country Club Area
In the late 1950s a group of enterprising local people decided it was time the locale had a private golf club and proceeded to purchase about 400 acres of dry farm land on the west side of the Edna Valley about 8 miles southeast of the center of San Luis Obispo after which adequate well water was discovered sufficent to irrigate a golf course.  The golf course and clubhouse was completed in 1959 and the vacant surrounding land was leased out for farming.  This enterprise struggled over the next 25 years and finally became viable when a  California land boom in the mid 1980s  allowed the Club to sell off its excess land for the development of a gated community of  230 custom home sites.  By 2000  the development was virtually completed and is now totally surrounded either by golf course or vineyards.
 
The Weather Station
The equipment producing this weather data is a Davis Instruments' Vantage Pro Plus Wireless weather station with theWeather Station Intergrated Sensor Suite which transmits the data mounted on a 15 foot pole in my backyard in the Country Club development which is about 250 feet above sea level( see picture).  The receiving Console is located inside the house and it transmits the relevant data to a  PC in which Davis' Weatherlink software has been installed.  This software provides for various graphical displays of current and historical weather data as well as incorporating the capability of uploading this information via a built-in FTP client to this web site which was developed using both the WeatherLink software and Netscape Composer HTML editor.

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