microclimate

noun
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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Other Words from microclimate

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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Recent Examples on the Web This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s dismal air quality improved dramatically this weekend. How long will it last?," 4 Oct. 2020 This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s dismal air quality improved dramatically this weekend. How long will it last?," 4 Oct. 2020 Although Florida has not traditionally been known as a seedbed of squash, Shumway moved quickly to create a microclimate around his child: snapping up El Hindi, and embarking on a project to build a premier squash facility in the area. Ruth S. Barrett, The Atlantic, "Rich Parents Went All In on Lacrosse. And Squash. And Water Polo.," 17 Oct. 2020 This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s dismal air quality improved dramatically this weekend. How long will it last?," 4 Oct. 2020 This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area’s dismal air quality improved dramatically this weekend. How long will it last?," 4 Oct. 2020 This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "A miserable month of bad Bay Area air quality: See charts showing the impact," 21 Sep. 2020 This Chronicle guide explains different ways to look up the air quality in your microclimate. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Is it safe to go outside under the Bay Area’s dark orange sky? And how long will it last?," 9 Sep. 2020 Along the way, guests will learn how the vineyard’s soils and microclimate translate to the wine in their glass. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Oregon wine events to celebrate September," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of microclimate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microclimate was in 1925

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16 Nov 2020

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“Microclimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microclimate. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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