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View Poll Results: Which Region Is The Lushest?
Mediterranean 2 4.35%
Oceanic 15 32.61%
Humid Subtropical 29 63.04%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-23-2016, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I'm going to take a moment here to make sure to mention on what classifies as an oceanic climate here in the United States. I should be noting that Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, (and all the cities in between on the I-5) are actually a MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE. A slightly different one than the one in California, yes, but it still is one. Oceanic climates generally are the Oregon and Washington coast, especially the Olympic peninsula, and SE Alaska and potentially Vancouver BC. The reason for this is because summers in Seattle and Portland both are actually way too dry for the oceanic classification. Ketchikan, AK for an example (a true oceanic climate) rains every day for the most part. Over 150" of rain every year in Ketchikan which is way more than anything in the South. Seattle and Portland, believe it or not, just don't rain enough for an oceanic climate classification. So if you think Seattle and Portland rains too much... then I don't know what to tell you. A lot of places rain more. So imagine a Seattle/Portland winter or so, but all year round, and that's an oceanic climate.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I'm going to take a moment here to make sure to mention on what classifies as an oceanic climate here in the United States. I should be noting that Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, (and all the cities in between on the I-5) are actually a MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE. A slightly different one than the one in California, yes, but it still is one. Oceanic climates generally are the Oregon and Washington coast, especially the Olympic peninsula, and SE Alaska and potentially Vancouver BC. The reason for this is because summers in Seattle and Portland both are actually way too dry for the oceanic classification. Ketchikan, AK for an example (a true oceanic climate) rains every day for the most part. Over 150" of rain every year in Ketchikan which is way more than anything in the South. Seattle and Portland, believe it or not, just don't rain enough for an oceanic climate classification. So if you think Seattle and Portland rains too much... then I don't know what to tell you. A lot of places rain more. So imagine a Seattle/Portland winter or so, but all year round, and that's an oceanic climate.
I agree that Seattle and Portland are Mediterranean climates. It's not correct to say that Oceanic climates rain more though -many Oceanic climates rain a lot less than Seattle or Portland, it's just that the rainfall isn't as seasonal in Oceanic climates.
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Old 08-24-2016, 08:01 AM
 
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First off the fires mainly happen east of the cascades, and yes our grass turns brown but grass will always have a dormant state wether that be in summer or winter, and most of the plants at least those that are native stay green through out the summer. But the south probably does look more lush in the summer.
There's fires in the mountain range too..

Fire closes North Cascades Highway, national park and trail access | The Seattle Times

Was talking mostly about FL, lawns don't go dormant there and it's lush/green throughout the year. Same with the coastal areas in AL, LA, MS, TX(Houston down to Corpus Christie) but not too far inland(obviously the South extends further north and wherever it snows or temps get close to freezing, lawns and other vegetation will turn brown).

It's all about latitude..
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I agree that Seattle and Portland are Mediterranean climates. It's not correct to say that Oceanic climates rain more though -many Oceanic climates rain a lot less than Seattle or Portland, it's just that the rainfall isn't as seasonal in Oceanic climates.
Well that's what I mean. It rains, and rains consistently. I was on a cruise one time and we stopped in Ketchikan, for a day, and the captain joked how it was the "one sunny day in Ketchikan!" Considering he probably sails that route a lot, I believed him. Could you imagine living in a place that rained all the time like that?

Plenty of rainforests exist in oceanic climates even here in the states, in Washington. I don't think SE Alaska has them, too mountainous, but I believe the Olympic peninsula has one or two rainforests.
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