Seaside, formerly East Monterey, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, with a population of 33,025 as of the 2010 census. Seaside is located 2.25 miles (3.6 km) east-northeast of Monterey, at an elevation of 33 feet (10 m), and is the home of California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and the Monterey College of Law, which are located on the site of the former military base Fort Ord. Also on the site are the Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses, now open to the public and host to PGA Tour events, including the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship. Seaside is also the gateway to the Fort Ord National Monument Park, created on April 20, 2012.
Seaside is located at 36°36′40″N 121°50′41″W, toward the southern end of Monterey Bay.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24 km2), of which 9.2 square miles (24 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.48%) is water. According to the maps of the United States Geological Survey, the elevation ranges from 0 to 165 meters (0 to 541 feet).
The climate is a cool Mediterranean type, strongly influenced by the prevailing winds from the west, which blow over the Pacific Coast's cool ocean currents from Alaska. At the nearest National Weather Service Climate Station, in the City of Monterey at 385 feet (117 m) elevation: The coldest month is January, with an average daily high of 59.9 °F (15.5 °C); the warmest month is September, with an average daily high of 72 °F (22 °C); the average daily low is 43 °F (6 °C) in January and 52.7 °F (11.5 °C) in September; and the average rainfall is 20 inches (51 centimeters) per year, with 90.3% falling during November through April. The weather can be much hotter when the winds blow from the east: Since 1906, there have been 11 days with a high of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher; all 11 days occurred in June, September, or October.
This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F (22.0 °C).