How does geography and climate affect orange county California?
The climate of Orange County is Mediterranean (Cs). This is a chaparral climate similar to those countries located in the Mediterranean. This type of climate consists of warm, dry summers and cool often rainy winters. The shrubbery and vegetation includes Pines, Oaks, Sycamores, Olive trees, Citrus trees, Chamise, Sage, Bunchgrasses, etc. These plants are all great for the recovery from fires, floods, droughts, and other such natural disasters.
The geography of Orange county includes the Santa Ana Mountains to the east, the north western part of the county falls on the Los Angeles basin. There are two valleys in Orange County that account for the majority of the population: the Santa Ana Valley and the Saddleback Valley. To the west is, of course, the coast.
There is no strict definition of "Southern California." But if you want to count LA County, San Diego County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, and Santa Barbara County; then Southern California is about 40,892 square miles. If you add in Kern County, San Luis Obispo County, and Imperial County...then Southern California is about 56,512 square miles.