mi·​cro·​cli·​mate | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌklī-mət \

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 \ 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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First, there’s Valais, known for its distinctive microclimate: The valley here is sunny and dry, with bursts of warm wind in the fall, making it particularly favorable to late- ripening grape varieties. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Swiss Wine Vacation We All Need to Take," 11 Sep. 2018 The outback climb takes you through many microclimates, sweeping vistas, giant redwoods, and quiet country roads. Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018 Cold, shady corners; windswept spots in full sun; and other microclimates present unique opportunities. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem," 1 Mar. 2017 As landscapes grow, the microclimates change somewhat, too. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Not all mountain laurel species are deer resistant," 7 June 2018 Dill is a summer annual that grows best in a warm microclimate. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018 That means handling temperature regulation, moisture control and movement in what’s called a microclimate—the zone between skin and fabric. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Now You Can Wear Sweatpants to Work and No One Will Know," 23 June 2018 On each perch, a small stream of water reaches each plant — and each plant has its own microclimate. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "A Dallas-based company is aiming for a vertical revolution in farming," 28 June 2018 Identify microclimates in your yard and use them appropriately. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem," 1 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of microclimate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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