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

Other Words from microclimate

microclimatic \ ˌmī-​krō-​klī-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce microclimate (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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Recent Examples on the Web The trail bottoms out, then boomerangs up onto a red rock incline where ocotillos join the mix of drier microclimate vegetation. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2021 Alto Adige’s microclimate grants pinot nero (or pinot noir) status as one of the most important red grapes after schiava. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Using 300 sensors and AI, the facility collects data from over 700,000 plants, and growers can remotely monitor the microclimate to ensure that crops receive the ideal amount of nutrients and water. Liz Kang, Video By Dan Tham, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Family is a kind of ecosystem, with its own microclimate and catastrophic weather events and resource bottlenecks. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 As August draws to a close, Lake Como in northern Italy is still busy with vacationers taking advantage of its temperate microclimate. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Luckily, the 14-acre farm, with its own (somewhat) cooler microclimate, feels like an oasis of sorts. Christian Reynoso, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Today the same place, which had been 10 acres of concrete abandoned for more than 30 years under the punishing heat of the Mediterranean sun, is a bona fide microclimate, complete with a bucolic pond and more than 1,100 trees and shrubs. James Mcauley, Town & Country, 22 Sep. 2021 Each classroom is a microclimate, which means that a simple box fan with a HEPA filter can do wonders for the local atmosphere, but a whole school building is a study in complexity and unpredictability. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of microclimate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Microclimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microclimate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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