mi·​cro·​cli·​mate | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌklī-mət How to pronounce microclimate (audio) \

Definition of microclimate

: the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat

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microclimatic \ ˌmī-​krō-​klī-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce microclimatic (audio) \ adjective

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The microclimate of an industrial park may be quite different from that of a nearby wooded park, since the plants absorb light and heat while asphalt parking lots and rooftops radiate them back into the air. A microclimate can offer a small growing area for crops that wouldn't do well in the wider region, so skilled gardeners take advantage of microclimates by carefully choosing and positioning their plants. San Francisco's hills, oceanfront, and bay shore, along with its alternating areas of concrete and greenery, make it a city of microclimates.

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The look has become a business casual signature, especially in San Francisco, where the microclimates require layers and workplace wardrobes are ever more casual. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "A look back at 50 years of the Gap," 23 Aug. 2019 Take pictures, draw maps describing the microclimates created by sun, shade, water, and soil. Jessie Kissinger, Popular Mechanics, "Give Your Yard Back to Nature," 1 July 2019 As the infection advances, the enthralled ant is compelled to leave its nest for a more humid microclimate that’s favorable to the fungus’s growth. Jennifer Lu, National Geographic, "How a parasitic fungus turns ants into 'zombies'," 18 Apr. 2019 The deep setback creates a natural buffer to noise and wind and, the owner says, its own microclimate due to its elevation and the position tucked behind a knoll. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Energy-efficient Berkeley contemporary with bay and city views," 6 Aug. 2019 The wetter microclimate here supports a whole other type of wildflower habitat. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019 The prized tangerine variety is grown in the unique microclimate of Ojai, CA (an aggie-meets-hippie enclave about 90 minutes north of L.A.). Jessica Mordo, Sunset, "Ojai Pixies Are the West’s Best Citrus—and They’re Peaking Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 The distillery’s Islay Barley series exists to realize the notion that scotch can embody geography, microclimate, and soil—that whisky, like wine, is about terroir. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now," 15 June 2019 While the temperatures can reach the triple digits, the low humidity and unique microclimate means summer is a great time to luxuriate in the dry heat. Stepfanie Romine, USA TODAY, "7 reasons why the summer season is the best time to visit Palm Springs," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of microclimate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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