Alice is a neighborhood in the California town of Orinda. In Contra Costa County, California , USA, Orinda is a town. At the 2010 census, the population was 17,643 and was expected to have increased to 19,926 in 2019. Orinda was ranked by Forbes in 2012 as the second most pleasant town in America. Located just east of Berkeley City , the city is home to many wealthy suburban professionals who move to larger cities like Oakland, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek in the Bay Area. Its location offers a more rustic landscape, and for many Bay Area hikers and naturalists, Orinda’s many parks and trails make it a destination.
The region is characterized by a Mediterranean warm-summer climate with cold, rainy winters and warm, dry summers (Köppen climate classification Csb). Since Orinda is located in a hilly region, temperature variations are often dominated by microclimates over short distances. The cool foggy conditions that can be seen in Oakland and the inner bay are always obscured by the Oakland Hills. Fog will spill across the Oakland hills in the summer, cooling off the region. In Orinda, heatwaves from the inland areas can be felt even more in the summer than in Oakland and the inner bay. Because of its greater elevation, Orinda also experiences more snow than neighboring areas in the winter.
It’s an unusual snowfall, but not unheard of. In any given year, due to the elevation, a dusting of snow can take place. Mornings may be cold and frosty in downtown and lower-lying areas during healthy weather in the winter, while the higher hills surrounding the city may be many degrees warmer.