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Part of speech: noun

Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary, 1918


The climate of a very small or restricted area, especially when this differs from the climate of the surrounding area.

Examples of Microclimate in a sentence

"My neighborhood's microclimate gets plenty of sun in the afternoon, even when it's raining just a few streets over."

"The waterfall produces a very lush microclimate full of vegetation."

About Microclimate

It's a pretty self-explanatory term — "microclimate" means the weather in a small area. These mini weather patterns exist because of both human-made and natural influences that change the wind, precipitation, or other weather elements.

Did you Know?

Due to the steep changes in elevation and the effects of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, the weather of San Francisco can be changeable. With the microclimates prevalent across the city, it may be cold and foggy in one neighborhood, when it's sunny less than a mile away. The locals have even nicknamed the thick fog that rolls across much of the city "Karl."

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