Climate Geography of North America
By Ben Watson
definition- "A humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot summers and cold winters."
definition- "A humid subtropical climate is a zone of subtropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. Under the Köppen climate definition, this category of climate type covers a broad range of attributes, especially in terms of winter temperatures."
definition- "Tropical savanna climate or tropical wet and dry climate is a type of climate that corresponds to the Köppen climate classification categorie"
definition- "A semi-arid climate or steppe climate describes climatic regions that receive precipitation below potential evapotranspiration, but not extremely."
definition- "Alpine climate is the average weather for a region above the tree line. This climate is also referred to as a mountain climate or highland climate."
definition- "Desert climate, also known as an arid climate, is a climate that does not meet the criteria to be classified as a polar climate, and in which precipitation is too low to sustain any vegetation at all, or at most a very scanty scrub."
definition- "An oceanic climate is the climate typical of the west coasts at the middle latitudes of most continents, and generally features warm, but not hot summers and cool, but not cold winters, and a relatively narrow annual temperature range."
definition- "a climate distinguished by warm, wet winters under prevailing westerly winds and calm, hot, dry summers, as is characteristic of the Mediterranean region and parts of California, Chile, South Africa, and southwestern Australia."
definition- "A humid-tropical climate is a climate of the tropics."
definition- "The subarctic climate is a climate characterized by long, usually very cold winters, and short, cool to mild summers. It is found on large landmasses, away from the moderating effects of an ocean, generally at latitudes from 50° to 70°N poleward of the humid continental climates."
definition- "A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation such as lichens, mosses, and stunted shrubs."