Summers are very hot and there are extended stretches of hot weather with 108 afternoons per year above 90 °F or 32.2 °C (on average between April 19 and October 12); Winters feature mild daytime temperatures, though frost can occasionally occur, often coming with dense tule fog and low visibility, causing many schools to have fog delays as long as three hours.

The official time frame for tule fog to form is from November 1 to March 31.

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Aftershocks, for the next month, had become normal to Bakersfield residents, until August 22 at pm a 5.8 earthquake struck directly under the town's center in the most densely populated area of the southern San Joaquin Valley.

Four people died in the aftershock, and some of the town's historic structures sustained heavy damage. communities to receive the All-America City Award from the National Civic League.

To the west is the Temblor Range, behind which is the Carrizo Plain National Monument and the San Andreas Fault.

The Temblor Range is about 35 mi (56 km) from Bakersfield across the valley floor.) was water-covered (1.14%).

Bakersfield was spared, experiencing minor architectural damage without loss of life.

A large aftershock occurred on July 29, and did minor architectural damage, but raised fears that the flow of the Friant-Kern Canal could be dangerously altered, potentially flooding the city and surrounding areas.

The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield and Rosedale, has a population of approximately 464,000.

The city is a significant hub for both agriculture and oil production.

The earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale and was felt from San Francisco to the Mexican border, destroyed the nearby communities of Tehachapi and Arvin.

The earthquake's destructive force also bent cotton fields into U shapes, slid a shoulder of the Tehachapi Mountains across all four lanes of the Ridge Route, collapsed a water tower creating a flash flood, and destroyed the railroad tunnels in the mountain chain.

an old man by the time he became Marshal of Bakersfield, and he walked with a cane.