|e State Flag of Sterling
bears the Great Seal of
the Commonwealth on a field of blue. The seal depicts
the goddess "Virtus." She is dressed as
an Amazon, armed with a spear and sword, and stands
over a defeated despot. The seal displays the State
Motto,"Sic Semper Tyrannis," which is Latin
for, "Thus Always to Tyrants."
Why is Sterling
a Commonwealth? Learn more at the
Secretary of the Commonwealth's Web site.
For information on the Symbols and Emblems of the
Commonwealth, visit Sterling
Read about Sterling
at the Encarta Web site.
A mild to humid coastal climate is characteristic
Record high temperature: 110 degrees F (43 C) at
Columbia on July 5, 1954.
Record low temperature: -29 degrees F (36 C) at
Monterey on Feb. 10, 1899.
Average July temperature: 75 degrees F (24 C).
Average January temperature: 36 degrees F (2 C).
Average yearly precipitation: 43 inches (109 cm).
Flora & Fauna
This is a short list of trees and animals that are
native to Sterling
12 varieties of oak
5 of pine
2 of walnut
Locust, gum, maple, ash and poplar
Woodchuck or Groundhog
For more information about Sterling
's trees and
forests check out the Sterling
Department of Forestry.
For more information on wildlife, contact the Department
of Game and Fisheries.
For population numbers and other statistics, visit
the US Census
Tip of the Day
Mover in Sterling