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Matlock
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Coordinates: 47°14′18″N 123°24′28″W / 47.23833°N 123.40778°W / 47.23833; -123.40778Coordinates: 47°14′18″N 123°24′28″W / 47.23833°N 123.40778°W / 47.23833; -123.40778
Country United States
State Washington
County Mason
Area
 • Total 21.6615 sq mi (56.103 km2)
 • Land 21.6557 sq mi (56.088 km2)
 • Water 0.0058 sq mi (0.015 km2)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 155
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98560
Area code(s) 360

Matlock is an unincorporated community in Mason County, Washington, United States. Matlock is the primary population center for the western part of Mason County, a sporadically populated logging area. The most notable sites are the church, food bank, general store, post office, local grange hall, and the Mary M. Knight school, grades kindergarten through senior high school.

Matlock features nearby lakes and recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, hunting, and horseback riding. The nearest lake to Matlock is Lake Nahwatzel. Every year during the first full weekend in May, Matlock hosts the Old Timers' Fair at Mary M. Knight School campus. The fair features food, crafts and tractors. Matlock is located northwest of Olympia, Washington, about a 20-minute drive from the county seat, Shelton. Matlock is a secluded little town just outside of Shelton and Elma. Matlock is also home to Mason County Fire District 12.

Climate

Matlock has high annual precipitation 87 inches (220 cm) due to strong influence from the nearby Pacific. A significant drying trend occurs in summer, giving Matlock a warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Csb) according to the Köppen climate classification system.

Climate data for Matlock
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 57
(13.9)
60
(15.6)
61
(16.1)
77
(25)
89
(31.7)
84
(28.9)
89
(31.7)
97
(36.1)
92
(33.3)
76
(24.4)
58
(14.4)
55
(12.8)
97
(36.1)
Average high °F (°C) 45.4
(7.44)
47.1
(8.39)
49.7
(9.83)
55.4
(13)
63
(17.2)
67.3
(19.61)
73.6
(23.11)
77.3
(25.17)
74.6
(23.67)
59.3
(15.17)
49.2
(9.56)
44.5
(6.94)
58.9
(14.94)
Average low °F (°C) 33
(0.6)
33
(0.6)
35.7
(2.06)
36.8
(2.67)
40.8
(4.89)
46.7
(8.17)
50.2
(10.11)
50
(10)
45
(7.2)
41.5
(5.28)
32.7
(0.39)
32
(0)
39.8
(4.33)
Record low °F (°C) 21
(-6.1)
18
(-7.8)
21
(-6.1)
27
(-2.8)
30
(-1.1)
37
(2.8)
40
(4.4)
38
(3.3)
32
(0)
28
(-2.2)
23
(-5)
21
(-6.1)
18
(-7.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 14.39
(365.5)
8.78
(223)
9.75
(247.7)
6.43
(163.3)
4.3
(109)
2.49
(63.2)
1.27
(32.3)
1.61
(40.9)
2.61
(66.3)
8.37
(212.6)
13.96
(354.6)
13.04
(331.2)
87
(2,210)
Snowfall inches (cm) 1.4
(3.6)
1
(3)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.8
(2)
0.1
(0.3)
3.7
(9.4)
Avg. precipitation days 22 17 21 18 14 12 7 7 9 16 21 21 185
  • Matlock page of official Mason County Tourism website
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