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January, February and March are months in which Yuma is known to be flooded; people rush in to catch a glimpse of the snowbirds. Native American Groups first settled into this region. Later on, their successors occupied Quechan and Cocopah which were nearby the city. It was decided that Colorado River was a suitable location for a city when Hernando de Alarcon came, leading an expedition. Throughout the years 1850 and 1870’s, Yuma Crossing was famous for its steamboat crossing. There was also a stopover while moving up and down the river course.
The steamboat facilitated people in delivering equipment and passengers to and fro to mines and numerous military frontiers. Yuma also served as a gateway to the newly established California’s territory in the west. You rarely come across such natural areas whilst crossing the Colorado River.
In 1870, the Pacific Road in the south helped bridge the river and also provided means for Yuma to continue serving as a major hub in the southwestern deserts.
Temperatures in summers go as high as 120-degree centigrade and the heat index have been recorded to exceed 140 degrees. This is attributed to the existence of farmlands that make the area extremely humid. In winters the climatic conditions grow mild and during daytime, the temperature goes up to 70 degrees at the most.
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