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 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 microclimate within a garden can also affect plants. Ariel Cheung, chicagotribune.com, "Everything you need to know about gardening, lawn care and growing plants in Chicago," 3 Apr. 2021 Today, Castello Fonterutoli is home to three Gran Selezione wines in three Chianti Classico communes, each carefully crafted to highlight their unique biodiversity and microclimate. Michelle Williams, Forbes, "Look To The Black Rooster For Quality Sangiovese In Chianti," 3 Mar. 2021 The microclimate of these caves is touted for potential skin and respiratory benefits, but the ambiance alone is worth a visit for a unique zen escape (ask about renting the room for yourself or a small group for total exclusivity). Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "Eat, Sleep And Play In Indy’s Shiny New Bottleworks District," 28 Feb. 2021 Depending on their age and specific microclimate, established dwarf palmettos and windmill palms are extremely cold hardy. Daniel Cunningham, Dallas News, "Will your plants survive? How to assess your North Texas landscape after deep freeze," 24 Feb. 2021 These serve as an early warning system because they are adapted to a very special microclimate. Quartz Africa, "What increased land use means for Mount Kilimanjaro’s already isolated ecosystem," 20 Feb. 2021 The authors note that a viral load can build up inside the microclimate of a vehicle even on drives as short as 15 minutes, and the virus can remain viable in the air for up to three hours. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Yes, Rolling Down Windows Can Reduce COVID Transmissions in a Car," 18 Jan. 2021 Each tag will collect data on its wearer’s position, physiology and microclimate, sending it to a receiver on the International Space Station, which will beam it back down to computers on the ground. New York Times, "Skip to site index," 12 Jan. 2021 The nearest, largest natural stand of white pines in Illinois is at Starved Rock State Park, where a cooler microclimate created by canyons offers good conditions for growing. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Lake County’s aromatic evergreens beckon in winter," 24 Dec. 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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15 Apr 2021

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

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