History UsefulNotes / AmericanClimate

20th Jul '15 8:09:21 AM Lukethehedgehog
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Due to the geography, the Northeast[[note]]Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont[[/note]] generally experiences warm-to-hot summers, with average temperatures in the 80s and low 90s (though triple-digit temperatures usually only come a few days a year), and cold winters, with daily highs ranging from the high 20s to the low 40s and nighttime lows falling into the teens and single digits. Temperatures on the coast are moderated by the Gulf Stream, resulting in cooler summers and warmer winters in such areas, explaining why places like Cape Cod, the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore are such popular getaways. Heading further inland, the high altitude of the Appalachian Mountains produces cooler weather year-round, allowing them to support large winter resorts as well as a number of summer getaways (like the famous BorschtBelt resorts of the Catskills).

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Due to the geography, the Northeast[[note]]Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont[[/note]] generally experiences warm-to-hot summers, with average temperatures in the 80s and low 90s (though triple-digit temperatures usually only come a few days a year), and cold winters, with daily highs ranging from the high 20s to the low 40s and nighttime lows falling into the teens and single digits. Temperatures on the coast are moderated by the Gulf Stream, resulting in cooler summers and warmer winters in such areas, explaining why places like Cape Cod, the Hamptons and the Jersey Shore are such popular getaways. Heading further inland, the high altitude of the Appalachian Mountains produces cooler weather year-round, allowing them to support large winter resorts as well as a number of summer getaways (like the famous BorschtBelt resorts of the Catskills).
13th Jul '15 8:05:30 PM nombretomado
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Note that, when reading measurements, the US uses AmericanCustomaryMeasurements rather than the metric system. See that page for translating between the two.

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Note that, when reading measurements, the US uses AmericanCustomaryMeasurements UsefulNotes/AmericanCustomaryMeasurements rather than the metric system. See that page for translating between the two.
2nd Jun '15 4:54:55 AM eviltwin531
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Though the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains get regular winter snowfall, as do Kentucky (which borders the Midwest), parts of Tennessee, and the Chesapeake Bay area (which borders the Northeast), snow of greater than six inches is rare in the Deep South or the lowlands south of Virginia. [[http://i.imgur.com/AvTH4d2.png Here]] is a county-by-county map of the amount of snow it takes to get school districts to cancel classes; south of Richmond, Virginia and outside Appalachia, any snow will usually suffice. This typically leads to a lot of ribbing from Northerners about how Southerners can't drive in the snow (most recently seen when two inches of snow [[http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/how-2-inches-of-snow-created-a-traffic-nightmare-in-atlanta/283434/ shut down Atlanta]] in 2014), though as the ground there rarely gets below freezing, Southern roads tend to have [[BossInMooksClothing layers of black ice beneath their shallow snows]]. The fact that Sun Belt cities tend to be more sprawling and reliant on automobiles likewise produces more opportunities for accidents. It's also why Southern roadways are usually much smoother to drive on than their Northern counterparts -- it usually doesn't get cold enough for the water seeping into the ground to freeze and open cracks and potholes.

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Though the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains get regular winter snowfall, as do Kentucky (which borders the Midwest), parts of Tennessee, and the Chesapeake Bay area (which borders the Northeast), snow of greater than six inches is rare in the Deep South or the lowlands south of Virginia. [[http://i.imgur.com/AvTH4d2.png Here]] is a county-by-county map of the amount of snow it takes to get school districts to cancel classes; south of Richmond, Virginia and outside Appalachia, any snow will usually suffice. This typically leads to a lot of ribbing from Northerners about how Southerners can't drive in the snow (most recently seen when two inches of snow [[http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/how-2-inches-of-snow-created-a-traffic-nightmare-in-atlanta/283434/ shut down Atlanta]] in 2014), though as the ground there rarely gets below freezing, Southern roads tend to have [[BossInMooksClothing layers of black ice beneath their shallow snows]]. The fact that Sun Belt cities tend to be more sprawling and reliant on automobiles likewise produces more opportunities for accidents.accidents, to say nothing of the fact that many areas have sizable populations living on steep, twisty mountain roads, which are bad enough in the best of circumstances, but when it's icy, muddy, and being driven on by a large, top-heavy school bus filled with small children, you can understand the "better safe than sorry" mentality. It's also why Southern roadways are usually much smoother to drive on than their Northern counterparts -- it usually doesn't get cold enough for the water seeping into the ground to freeze and open cracks and potholes.
18th Nov '14 8:35:10 AM allium
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The Southwest[[note]]UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}, (Southern) UsefulNotes/{{California}}, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}[[/note]] is an overall dry region that can be split into two areas: the lowlands and deserts on one hand, and the uplands and mountains on the other. In the lowlands of Arizona, New Mexico, southern and western Utah, Nevada, and inland southern California, summer temperatures in the triple digits are the norm, and temperatures in the 110s and even 120s are not unheard of. The lack of humidity is a saving grace in many such areas, producing little added heat index. The mountainous uplands, meanwhile, experience warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are home to many of America's premier winter resorts, although New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah are also known to experience very cold winters up in the mountains. (Flagstaff, Arizona, at an elevation of about 6,900 feet, goes over 200 days a year with low temperatures below freezing, the highest number of days in the nation outside Alaska.)

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The Southwest[[note]]UsefulNotes/{{Arizona}}, (Southern) UsefulNotes/{{California}}, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and UsefulNotes/{{Utah}}[[/note]] is an overall dry region that can be split into two areas: the lowlands and deserts on one hand, and the uplands and mountains on the other. In the lowlands of Arizona, New Mexico, southern and western Utah, Nevada, and inland southern California, summer temperatures in the triple digits are the norm, and temperatures in the 110s and even 120s are not unheard of. The lack of humidity is a saving grace in many such areas, producing little added heat index. There is also a brief "monsoon season" (less intense than the classic Indian monsoon, but caused by similar processes) during the late summer, when subtropical moisture (and the occasional hurricane or tropical storm remnant) moves in from the south.

The mountainous uplands, meanwhile, experience warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are home to many of America's premier winter resorts, although New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah are also known to experience very cold winters up in the mountains. (Flagstaff, Arizona, at an elevation of about 6,900 feet, goes over 200 days a year with low temperatures below freezing, the highest number of days in the nation outside Alaska.)
16th Nov '14 6:13:15 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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Florida and the Gulf Coast, meanwhile, almost never get truly cold even in the winter. The last snowfall in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans was in 2008, UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} has only seen [[http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/almanac/arc2002/alm02jan.htm one recorded snowfall]] in its entire history (in 1977), and frosts are rare enough in Florida that the state is quite famously able to support the growing of citrus fruits year-round. Needless to say, the first day when most of the country gets temperatures below freezing is often referred to as [[https://plus.google.com/+IrreverentMonk/posts/ihWspQYBT5k "National Hate Florida Day"]].
12th Jun '14 9:46:03 AM DesertDragon
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Due to its size, the United States of America experiences a wide range of weather, from the arid deserts of the Southwest to the hot and humid Southeast to the cold northern states. There's also room for the occasional tornado and hurricane to squeeze in there.

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Due to its size, the United States of America experiences a wide range of weather, from the arid deserts of the Southwest to the hot and humid Southeast to the cold colder northern states. There's also room for the occasional tornado and hurricane to squeeze in there.
13th Apr '14 11:06:08 AM LongLiveHumour
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The South[[note]]:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia[[/note]] experiences a generally subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers with daytime temperatures in the 90s and cool winters with highs typically running from the high 40s to the low 60s. During the summer, it's not uncommon for the daily highs to break into the triple digits. It's no coincidence that the boom of many "Sun Belt" cities, and with it the demographic transition to the South and West (and all the [[RonaldReagan political consequences]] of that), coincided with the invention and widespread adoption of air conditioning -- while cold Northern winters could be easily beat with such low-tech means as warm clothing, heavy blankets, and fireplaces, their equivalents for cooling one off in the hot Southern summer (parasols, loose clothing, [[FireBreathingDiner spicy]] [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce food]][[note]]Spices trick the body into thinking that it's hotter than it actually is, activating the body's natural cooling mechanisms. Basically, the culinary equivalent of curing a headache with a GroinAttack. And now you know why Southern cuisine is so spicy. The same goes for Indian, Southeast Asian, southern Chinese, and sub-Saharan African cuisine.[[/note]]) aren't nearly as effective.

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The South[[note]]:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia[[/note]] experiences a generally subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers with daytime temperatures in the 90s and cool winters with highs typically running from the high 40s to the low 60s. During the summer, it's not uncommon for the daily highs to break into the triple digits. It's no coincidence that the boom of many "Sun Belt" cities, and with it the demographic transition to the South and West (and all the [[RonaldReagan [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan political consequences]] of that), coincided with the invention and widespread adoption of air conditioning -- while cold Northern winters could be easily beat with such low-tech means as warm clothing, heavy blankets, and fireplaces, their equivalents for cooling one off in the hot Southern summer (parasols, loose clothing, [[FireBreathingDiner spicy]] [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce food]][[note]]Spices trick the body into thinking that it's hotter than it actually is, activating the body's natural cooling mechanisms. Basically, the culinary equivalent of curing a headache with a GroinAttack. And now you know why Southern cuisine is so spicy. The same goes for Indian, Southeast Asian, southern Chinese, and sub-Saharan African cuisine.[[/note]]) aren't nearly as effective.
5th Feb '14 2:19:02 PM StevieC
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The entire region is also regularly hit by tornadoes in the summer, though not quite to the extent of the Southeast.

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The entire region is also regularly hit by tornadoes in the summer, though not quite to more so than the extent of Southeast, but house construction methods used in the Southeast.Southeast enable even a '''weak''' tornado to kill dozens of people, but the tornadic activity in the midwest produces '''stronger''' tornadoes, hence the region's nickname of "Tornado Alley"
30th Jan '14 7:26:18 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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The South[[note]]:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia[[/note]] experiences a generally subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers with daytime temperatures in the 90s and cool winters with highs typically running from the high 40s to the low 60s. During the summer, it's not uncommon for the daily highs to break into the triple digits. It's no coincidence that the boom of many "Sun Belt" cities, and with it the demographic transition to the South and West (and all the [[RonaldReagan political consequences]] of that), coincided with the invention and widespread adoption of air conditioning -- while cold Northern winters could be easily beat with such low-tech means as warm clothing, heavy blankets and fireplaces, their equivalents for cooling one off in the hot Southern summer (parasols, loose clothing, [[FireBreathingDiner spicy]] [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce food]][[note]]Spices trick the body into thinking that it's hotter than it actually is, activating the body's natural cooling mechanisms. Basically, the culinary equivalent of curing a headache with a GroinAttack. And now you know why Southern cuisine is so spicy. The same goes for Indian, Southeast Asian, southern Chinese, and sub-Saharan African cuisine.[[/note]]) aren't nearly as effective.

Though the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains get regular winter snowfall, as do Kentucky (which borders the Midwest), parts of Tennessee and the Chesapeake Bay area (which borders the Northeast), snow of greater than six inches isn't seen very often in the Deep South or the lowlands south of Virginia. This typically leads to a lot of ribbing from Northerners about how Southerners can't drive in the snow, though as the ground there rarely gets below freezing, southern roads tend to have layers of black ice beneath their shallow snows. It's also why Southern roadways are usually much smoother to drive on than their northern counterparts -- it usually doesn't get cold enough for the water seeping into the ground to freeze and open cracks and potholes.

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The South[[note]]:Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia[[/note]] experiences a generally subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers with daytime temperatures in the 90s and cool winters with highs typically running from the high 40s to the low 60s. During the summer, it's not uncommon for the daily highs to break into the triple digits. It's no coincidence that the boom of many "Sun Belt" cities, and with it the demographic transition to the South and West (and all the [[RonaldReagan political consequences]] of that), coincided with the invention and widespread adoption of air conditioning -- while cold Northern winters could be easily beat with such low-tech means as warm clothing, heavy blankets blankets, and fireplaces, their equivalents for cooling one off in the hot Southern summer (parasols, loose clothing, [[FireBreathingDiner spicy]] [[BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce food]][[note]]Spices trick the body into thinking that it's hotter than it actually is, activating the body's natural cooling mechanisms. Basically, the culinary equivalent of curing a headache with a GroinAttack. And now you know why Southern cuisine is so spicy. The same goes for Indian, Southeast Asian, southern Chinese, and sub-Saharan African cuisine.[[/note]]) aren't nearly as effective.

Though the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains get regular winter snowfall, as do Kentucky (which borders the Midwest), parts of Tennessee Tennessee, and the Chesapeake Bay area (which borders the Northeast), snow of greater than six inches isn't seen very often is rare in the Deep South or the lowlands south of Virginia. [[http://i.imgur.com/AvTH4d2.png Here]] is a county-by-county map of the amount of snow it takes to get school districts to cancel classes; south of Richmond, Virginia and outside Appalachia, any snow will usually suffice. This typically leads to a lot of ribbing from Northerners about how Southerners can't drive in the snow, snow (most recently seen when two inches of snow [[http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/how-2-inches-of-snow-created-a-traffic-nightmare-in-atlanta/283434/ shut down Atlanta]] in 2014), though as the ground there rarely gets below freezing, southern Southern roads tend to have [[BossInMooksClothing layers of black ice beneath their shallow snows. snows]]. The fact that Sun Belt cities tend to be more sprawling and reliant on automobiles likewise produces more opportunities for accidents. It's also why Southern roadways are usually much smoother to drive on than their northern Northern counterparts -- it usually doesn't get cold enough for the water seeping into the ground to freeze and open cracks and potholes.



This region is most at risk for both tornadoes (year-round) and hurricanes (late summer and fall), with about 40 deaths per year for the former, and about 90 deaths per year for the latter. Note: Some tornadoes form ''within'' hurricanes, so it ''is'' possible for a single death to be caused ''both'' by a tornado ''and'' for the ''same'' death to be caused by a hurricane. There's also been recent concern with drought and excessive heat waves -- the summer of 2011 seeing broken heat records across the entire region, with Savannah, GA recording 56 days of 100+ degrees in a row, Oklahoma City recording 64 days, and San Angelo, TX recording 98 days. Not helping on the drought front is the rapid growth and development of the region's population, which has placed increasing pressure on existing reservoirs.

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This region is most at risk for both tornadoes (year-round) and hurricanes (late summer and fall), with about 40 deaths per year for the former, and about 90 deaths per year for the latter. Note: Some [[note]]Some tornadoes form ''within'' hurricanes, so it ''is'' possible for a single death to be caused ''both'' by a tornado ''and'' for the ''same'' death to be caused by a hurricane. hurricane.[[/note]] There's also been recent concern with drought and excessive heat waves -- the summer of 2011 seeing broken heat records across the entire region, with Savannah, GA recording 56 days of 100+ degrees in a row, Oklahoma City recording 64 days, and San Angelo, TX recording 98 days. Not helping on the drought front is the rapid growth and development of the region's population, which has placed increasing pressure on existing reservoirs.
18th Dec '13 7:58:28 PM 1wngdngl
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Most of the US' weather comes from the polar jet stream, which brings moves pressure systems through the country from the west to the east, with various curves and twists along the way. Thus, it's not uncommon for storms to move in from the Pacific Northwest and cross all the way to the Atlantic. This can lead to serial severe weather across the entire country, depending on the season.

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Most of the US' weather comes from the polar jet stream, which brings moves pressure systems through the country from the west to the east, with various curves and twists along the way. Thus, it's not uncommon for storms to move in from the Pacific Northwest and cross all the way to the Atlantic. This can lead to serial severe weather across the entire country, depending on the season.
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