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Old 10-28-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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Which U.S state have cities with the greatest range in climatic patterns?
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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California?
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I think you mean 'weather patterns' since climate is the long term characteristic condition, but of course, every one uses the word the way you do. At any rate, I was told the greatest range of temperature was Rapid City South Dakota.
Rapid City, South Dakota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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If we're talking climate diversity as opposed to seasonal range I'd suspect Hawaii is #1, with Washington state up near the top as well as California.
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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Hawaii has tropical and the odd mountain or two.. not really a great range of climates there.

I'd still suggest California, with desert, arid, semi-arid, Mediterranean and subarctic (mountains)
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Hawaii has tropical and the odd mountain or two.. not really a great range of climates there.

I'd still suggest California, with desert, arid, semi-arid, Mediterranean and subarctic (mountains)
I'd have thought so too until recently, but it's not the case. I'm not sure how diverse the climates are of the major towns and cities where people actually live (I'd agree California probably beats Hawaii on that) but there's an enormous difference in precipitation between leeward and windward, sea-level and altitude locations plus the obvious temperature differences between sea-level and 20000ft. Hawaii even has a desert only an hour's drive away from places which get 5000mm Have a read of this:
Hilo Living Blog: Hawaii Island’s climate zone diversity
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Yeah, if we're talking climate variety rather than seasonal diversity, Hawaii.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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If you're referring to temperature ranges, it's probably Texas.

It's quite common to have a 70*F+ difference in temperatures during mid winter in Texas, it can be in the 80s*F (even 90s) in the Rio Grande Valley and teens or single digits in the Panhandle.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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For the greatest ""average"" difference between warmest and coldest months would probably somewhere like Minnesota, Minneapolis-St Paul has over 60F difference between these months.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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For populated places, Alaska, California and Texas come to mind. Not only are there great differences in elevation (particularly in the first two), but there are great differences in latitude as well. The mountain states also feature great climatic variations.

For states east of (or on) the Mississippi, I would say Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida all exhibit large regional variations in climate. The average temperature in Minnesota (my home state) varies from 34 F to 49 F, depending on where you are. In addition, there is a fairly large precipitation range, with
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