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A 4 8.89%
B 14 31.11%
C 12 26.67%
D 15 33.33%
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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I don't think this one has been done. I've been to Taos several times and it was very interesting in terms of history and climate:



Taos, New Mexico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Located in the high desert Southwest....it has in interesting climate at 7000 feet high; Cool winters that have average daily highs in the 40 -45 F (5 - 7 C) range...and long warm (but not really hot) sunny summers with average temps in the 80's F (26 - 30 C)...and mostly dry annually, but with some green unlike the lowland deserts to the west. In the high desert one gets to wear a jacket for at least a few months of the year....gets some nice heat another part of the year, but both are not too tough to take. All the while sunhine is never far off.

I give it a B.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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These New Mexico and northern Arizona climates are insane.. C+ though.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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These New Mexico and northern Arizona climates are insane.. C+ though.
I would imagine they would be “insane “in a climatic perspective based on your location;

Think about a station like Taos - it's almost totally the opposite to your location – Taos at 36 N is 1,200 miles south of Leeds at 54 N. Beyond the solar angle itself and the intesity of the sun…there is the issue of cloudiness and drought. Leeds very wet and cloudy compared to Taos, so that would really be a huge adjustment I would guess.

Taos is just about as opposite as Leeds as one can get.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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Taos has an insane climate because of the very high winter temperatures during the day but the very low temperatures at night, the same in summer. Obviously it isn't unique in the US for such wild temperature swings.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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C

Too dry and presumably sunny, but temperatures are comfortable.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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Taos has an insane climate because of the very high winter temperatures during the day but the very low temperatures at night, the same in summer. Obviously it isn't unique in the US for such wild temperature swings.
Typically, deserts and semi-deserts have a large diurnal ranges of temperature - this is not just typical of American arid and semi-arid climtes. For example, in Salah in the Sahara Desert, the normal Januuary high is 69 F (19 C)...and the overnight low 39 F (4 C)....or in Yuma, AZ the January high is 70 F...and the overnight low 45 F. The dry air heats and cools faster than more humid air.

At a station like yours, almost the opposite is true; The wet/damp air is slow to warm and slow to cool - esp since locations like your often have high latitude marine air. I'm sure your high latitude also plays a role too however.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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But it's clearly more apparent in Taos, that's the point I am making.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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But it's clearly more apparent in Taos, that's the point I am making.
Hmmm - not really. In terms of diurnal rangehigh deserts are not really much different than lowland deserts: Stations in the low deserts like Phoenix, Cairo, stations in the Sahara have about the same range (30 F or so).

A good example is Palm Springs, CA. The daily high in the winter is 71 F…the overnight low 44 …and the range 27 F…not much different than Taos that has a 30 F range in Jan. The same is true in summer, Palm Springs is 108/76 (32 F) …and Taos is 85/51 (34 F). In terms of range of temp …high deserts and low deserts have little difference in many cases.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Looks good, rarely hot because of the low summer mins. B, maybe B+
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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Hmmm - not really. In terms of diurnal rangehigh deserts are not really much different than lowland deserts: Stations in the low deserts like Phoenix, Cairo, stations in the Sahara have about the same range (30 F or so).

A good example is Palm Springs, CA. The daily high in the winter is 71 F…the overnight low 44 …and the range 27 F…not much different than Taos that has a 30 F range in Jan. The same is true in summer, Palm Springs is 108/76 (32 F) …and Taos is 85/51 (34 F). In terms of range of temp …high deserts and low deserts have little difference in many cases.
So going from 10 degrees at night to 45 degrees during the day is comparable to Palm Springs? The diurnal range might be similar but the fact that Taos goes from below freezing point to above it so quickly makes it much more different.. in my opinion
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