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United States Climate

  1. 1. United States Climate
  2. 2. Mid-Latitude Climates <ul><li>Humid Continental- northern Great Plains to the northern Atlantic coast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cold winters, long hot summers, rains throughout the year and snow often falls in this region during winter </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Mid-Latitude Climates <ul><li>Humid Subtropical-Southern Great Plains and Southeastern states </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Winters are milder than northern Great Plains, summers are hot and humid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location near the Gulf of Mexico often bring Tropical Storms and Hurricanes </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Which Climate Type?
  5. 5. Dry Climates <ul><li>Steppe- western Great Plains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just enough rain to support thick grasses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also found on Plateaus west of the Rockies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Desert- southwest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Death Valley lowest pt in U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In summer temps reach 120’s </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. High Latitude Climate <ul><li>Found in Alaska </li></ul><ul><li>2/3 sub artic, 1/3 tundra </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cool summers, freezing winters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very little vegetation in far north </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Tropical Climates <ul><li>Southern tip of Florida and Hawaii </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Warm temps year round and year round rainfall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawaii receives most rainfall in U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawaii moderate temps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>winter temps avg 72 0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer temps 78 0 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Questions <ul><li>1. Why do you think dry climates are only found in the western United States? </li></ul><ul><li>2. In which climate zone is Michigan found in? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tale of Two Cities <ul><li>You will be seeing two cities that lie at approximately the same latitude. </li></ul><ul><li>Figure why the climates are so different </li></ul>

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