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Copy of Marine West Coast Climate Region

Climate Project By: Natalia and Molly
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Abbie Butler

on 9 March 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Marine West Coast Characteristics Characteristics of the Marine West Coast include a wet, mild winter, and cool summers. This climate does not have a large temperature range, and summer and winter are basically the only two seasons. This climate region is also humid most of the year. In the Marine West Coast climate, there is a large amount of precipitation, and a moderate temperature throughout the year. Location The Marine West Coast climate can be found on the west coast of continents between 35* and 60* N and S latitudes. Some examples of where this climate can be found are Seattle, Washington in the United States; Wellington, New Zealand; Vancouver, British Columbia; and London, England. This climate also affects the coasts of British Columbia, Canada, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. This climate is also affected by the position of mountains. Animal Population The Marine West Coast climate region has a vast population of birds including eagles in North America, and penguins in New Zealand. In this climate region, there are many small animals like possums, squirrels, rats, raccoons, bats, beaver, rabbits, weasels, and river otter. There are also animals like deer, fox, coyotes, and bears. Why would we like, or not like, to live in this climate zone? Would you like to live in the Marine West coast?

Molly: Yes, I would like to live in the Marine West Coast because of the interesting characteristics and the beautiful animal life.

Natalia: No, I would not prefer to live in the Marine West Coast climate, but I wouldn't mind living there. I do not like the Marine West Coast climate because there is barely a season change, and that is something I look forward to throughout the year. Also, it would be weird to have a mild winter, and cool summers. But, on the other hand, there is beautiful wildlife and vegetation. Vegetation The Marine West Coast climate region has a big population of deciduous trees. In this climate region cedar, pine, spruce, and redwood (evergreen trees) trees grow in thick forests. Also, lots of fern and grass species grow here. North America's Redwood trees (Sequoia) are abundant, and the largest in the world. Climate Project
Natalia Villanueva and
Molly Jackson Survival Guide People in the Marine West Coast do not have extreme conditions to live in. It is a typical life, and most of the areas affected by this climate have ordinary houses, and they buy food and necessities from stores. This is the typical life of a citizen of Seattle,
Washington. People in the Marine West Coast would typically wear short-sleeved shirts and long pants in the winter, and the same thing with maybe a sweatshirt in the summer.
Citizens that live in regions affected by the Marine West Coast climate would probably live in an ordinary house.
The people would also buy food and necessities from shops or stores.
Probably the most frequent natural disaster that could happen there is an earthquake.
Life is not that different than what it is here, in New Hampshire. Where is it? All the green spaces on the map have a Marine West Coast climate. Where is it Usually Located?
Marine West Coast is usually located along the west coast of mid-latitude continents. Mid-latitude means midway between the tropics and the arctic/antarctic circle. Marine West Coast is influenced by the presence of mountains. This is why it covers more land in Europe than it does in North America--North America's mountains block the humid air from moving farther inland.

What Seasons Does it Have?
The range of temperatures is fairly small compared to other climate types--this means the temperatures don't have major differences during different seasons. For this reason, Marine West Coast really has on 2 seasons: summer and winter.

What are the Temperatures like?
This is a very mild climate, with few extremes in temperature. The coldest month rarely averages lower than 30 degrees and the warmest month averages about 72 degrees. The ocean keeps the air over the land cool in summer and warm in the winter. This creates a mild, but wet climate. This climate is similar to a Mediterranean climate because of the influence of ocean currents, but they are greatly different in the level of precipitation.

How Much Precipitation Does it Receive?
The amount of precipitation is different in different regions of this climate type. Some areas of Marine West Coast only get 30 inches of rain while others can receive as much as 98 inches! In some places it rains 150 days out of 365! Some regions, such as North America receive so much rain they have what are called "temperate rainforests". Temperate is a term that refers to the mid-latitude area--an area of moderate climates. The rain is a result of the warm moist air from warm ocean currents, which hits the cooler land and falls as rain. North American areas receive more rain than Europe (see map) because the mountains contain all the moisture at the coastal area in North America where as in Europe the rain slowly falls as it moves across the continent.



What Kinds of Vegetation (Plants) Does it Have?
Usually, Marine West Coast climate areas receive regular rain that supports thick forests and a wide variety of plant life including evergreen trees (conifers) such as spruce, cedar, pine, redwood. Many species of ferns and grasses also grow in this area. North America's Redwood trees (Sequoia) are the tallest trees in the world. (See below) The high amount of precipitation and moderate temperatures results in these massive, beautiful trees.
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