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Old 08-29-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I go to the western U.S., the weather and landscape feels super dry. Is this the consensus? Or maybe it's this way to me because I'm coming from the east coast? It's a stark difference.

Note: I have not been to the Pacific Northwest.
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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It depends where you are in the West, but in the inland West, yes it is very dry in a lot of areas.



The Northwest Coast and many of the mountain ranges however get more precipitation than anywhere else in the country.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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San Diego, semi-arid climate, to me is perfect. It has just enough dry, but not too much to be uncomfortable. I had always heard it being a perfect climate. To me it was. Desert southwest is uncomfortable dry--sinuses, heels, skin like a gator. It feels too dry, you become like a beggar for a rain shower. Weird when I moved there I kept waiting for rain--physiology isn't used to it yet. Then you just learn it doesn't happen too much. Winter of 01' it rained cats and dogs--2/3 times a week.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Umbria, Italia
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California felt sort of mediterranean, the northwest is very wet.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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The bulk of the land in the West yes. With the exceptions of:

Western and a few parts of eastern Washington
Western and parts of northeastern Oregon
The northern half of Idaho
Most of Montana (low precipitation, but overall not too arid a feeling because the cold traps moisture)
The NW corner of Wyoming
The coast of California down to Big Sur, and the mountainous forests of California
small parts of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico that get a lot of snow

About 2/3 of the Western US gets less than 20 inches of precipitation per year, and something like 15% gets less than 10 and is true desert.
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