mi·​cro·​cli·​mate ˈmī-krō-ˌklī-mət How to pronounce microclimate (audio)
: the essentially uniform local climate of a usually small site or habitat
microclimatic 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 In May, more than 100 species of wild orchids bloom in a microclimate. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, 21 May 2024 Success came down to luck, microclimate, soil type, grape variety and human decision-making. Elin McCoy, Fortune Europe, 11 May 2024 The state’s varied microclimates allow for fresh asparagus from January through May. Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 Machine learning technology performs real-time analyses on initial designs across key density and environmental qualities—including sunlight, daylight, wind and microclimate. Robert Defrancesco, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for microclimate 

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microclimate was in 1925

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“Microclimate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microclimate. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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