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Old 08-18-2017, 04:56 PM
 
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100th meridian.
This...without a doubt.
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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100th meridian.
I agree. After all, that's why it is called the frontier strip.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I agree. After all, that's why it is called the frontier strip.
Also the 20 in. line. West is less than 20 in. of rain per year, east is more.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:08 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Also the 20 in. line. West is less than 20 in. of rain per year, east is more.
I've never heard it called that but have heard of the Great American Desert.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I've never heard it called that but have heard of the Great American Desert.
"Also the 20 in. line. West is less than 20 in. of rain per year, east is more".

That might be a good measurable line, but doesn't take into account the Pacific Northwest, or even areas of California that get more than 20 inches of precipitation per year.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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"Also the 20 in. line. West is less than 20 in. of rain per year, east is more".

That might be a good measurable line, but doesn't take into account the Pacific Northwest, or even areas of California that get more than 20 inches of precipitation per year.
My guess is regional average?
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:51 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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"Also the 20 in. line. West is less than 20 in. of rain per year, east is more".

That might be a good measurable line, but doesn't take into account the Pacific Northwest, or even areas of California that get more than 20 inches of precipitation per year.
I've always thought of California and the Pacific Northwest as distinctive regions from the West. The West I think of as the Mountain Aest and western Great Plains. While the Southwest of a bit of a distinctive region it seems to have much more in common with the Mountain West than the Pacific Northwest and California do. California is like Texas, and tough to classify in any one region.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've always thought of California and the Pacific Northwest as distinctive regions from the West. The West I think of as the Mountain West and western Great Plains. While the Southwest of a bit of a distinctive region it seems to have much more in common with the Mountain West than the Pacific Northwest and California do. California is like Texas, and tough to classify in any one region.
This. Just like 'technically Southern' Texas, California belongs to different region (West Coast), and just like Texas, it has a geographical extreme that is quintessentially Southwestern.
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Old 08-19-2017, 04:16 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Driving on I-90 in South Dakota you can see the transition, you are driving through flat farm land and out of nowhere you have an amazing view of the Missouri River and once you cross the river its very typical Western America.
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Old 08-19-2017, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Driving on I-90 in South Dakota you can see the transition, you are driving through flat farm land and out of nowhere you have an amazing view of the Missouri River and once you cross the river its very typical Western America.
Yes I have made this trip through South Dakota east to west. The State definitely transitions from flat farmland to mountains in the west. To some extent, North Dakota is similar.
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