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Climate Types

TermDefinition
Tundra extremes of temperature; long cold winters and short mild summers; low precipitation amounts all year
Humid Continental four distinct seasons; long cold winters and short warm summers; precipitation amounts vary
Mediterranean middle latitudes near cool ocean currents; dry sunny warm summers and mild wetter winters
Highland high mountain regions; greatly varied temperatures and precipitation amounts over short distance as elevation changes; prevailing wind patterns can affect rainfall on windward and leeward sides of highland areas
Tropical Humid along the equator; warm and rainy year-round
Semi-Arid about 10-20 in of precipitation annually; hot summers and cooler winters with wide temperature ranges similar to desert temperatures
Tropical Wet-Dry between humid tropics and deserts; warm all year; distinct rainy and dry seasons with monsoon influences in some areas
Ice Cap freezing cold; snow and ice year round; precipitation averages less than 10 in
Arid precipitation of less than 10 in. annually; sunny and hot in the tropics and sunny with great temperature ranges in middle latitudes
Marine West Coast cloudy mild summers and cool rainy winters; strong ocean influence
Subarctic cold all year; very long cold winters and very short cool summers; low precipitation amounts
Humid Sub-Tropical hot humid summers and mild humid winters; precipitation year-round; coastal areas are in the paths of hurricanes and typhoons
Created by: scott.henderson