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Old 08-31-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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Chicago Loop vs Chicago - O'Hare.
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Albuquerque is usually a few degrees cooler in the Foothills areas of the city and a couple of degrees warmer in the valley areas like Downtown as compared to the airport where official readings are taken for the city. The Foothills, Northeast Heights and Westside also usually see more rain than the airport and the Foothills get much more snow.

Our airport sits on the corner of a mesa higher than the valley areas but a bit lower than other areas of the Heights and quite a bit lower than the Foothills.
This. Albuquerque Sunport is not only on a mesa above the valley, it is a rapid rise of about 200-400 feet higher than much of the near SE/NE Heights west of Louisiana Blvd to about I-25 (west of which the Valley begins). This covers a huge territory of the city.

Furthermore it sits right above a shallow drainage which is the outflow of Tijeras Canyon which originates as a pass between the nearby Sandia mountains and the mountains to the south of them which channels cool air via adiabatic (downslope) cooling.

As a result, much of the city is about 5 degrees warmer (or more in the Valley) than the airport. Also, being at the edge of the mesa, the airport receives a bit more rain, maybe an extra 20% than most locations in the city.

Albuquerque's drastic variance in weather conditions really warrants as many as three, at a minimum, "official" weather stations to cover the citywide conditions. One in the valley, one in the near Heights, and one in the far Northeast Heights.

The weather station map at Weather Underground is a handy way to see how readings and conditions vary in your area.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Chicago Loop vs Chicago - O'Hare.
Yes, I had forgotten about Chicago. In the winter O'Hare can be colder than the Loop, and in the summer the reverse often happens, especially in June where the Lake is still somewhat cold.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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Yes, I had forgotten about Chicago. In the winter O'Hare can be colder than the Loop, and in the summer the reverse often happens, especially in June where the Lake is still somewhat cold.
Nothing like dressing for the sweltering heat 40 miles out in the suburbs only to step off the Metra downtown and wanting a jacket to shield me from the cool lakefront breeze...

The news stations give seperate temp readings for the Loop and O'Hare/suburbs for this very reason
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