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Old 07-13-2018, 05:57 PM
 
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Michigan's agriculture mostly grows the kinds of low-rainfall crops that are common in North Dakota, like potatoes and sugar beets. The thumb, being very flat, is easy to irrigate. but northern Michigan actually comes quie close to being classified hydrologically as a semi-desert. Annual rainfall is the only definition of a desert, regardless of that the landscape might look like. Desert is under 10 inches of rain per year, semi-arid is 10-20, and some places in Michigan are barely 25.
Taking Saginaw,Michigan as a proxy for the weather that goes on in the thumb (no major cities to pull weather data on wikipedia for) - I find it gets 32 inches of rain, and 42 inches of snow. The rule for snow is that about 3 inches of snow is around 1 inch of rain (in terms of volume of water) so we get around 46 inches of rain (if we factor in the snow). Far from a desert.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:44 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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My guess would be either somewhere in Texas or maybe the badlands of the Dakotas?
Are badlands considered deserts? I will agree that they are certainly desert like. If they are deserts that's probably the furthest east you'll see one.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:54 PM
 
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Are badlands considered deserts? I will agree that they are certainly desert like. If they are deserts that's probably the furthest east you'll see one.
i think a geographic area has to have 10 inches or less of precip to be considered a desert so how much rain does the badlands get?
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:56 PM
 
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Chihuahuan Desert, possibly as far east as Midland/Odessa
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:16 PM
 
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Chihuahuan Desert, possibly as far east as Midland/Odessa
I live in Midland-Odessa and the Chihuahuan Desert easternmost point is Pecos so it ends well west of Midessa.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Are badlands considered deserts? I will agree that they are certainly desert like. If they are deserts that's probably the furthest east you'll see one.
As jennifat already said, no, the Badlands are not a desert. Interior, South Dakota, just south of the Badlands, averages about 17" of precip per year.

FWIW, despite some on C-D erroneously thinking the Eastern Plains of Colorado (including Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, etc) is a desert, it is a semi-arid steppe climate.
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