Part of speech: noun
Origin: International Scientific Vocabulary, 1918
The climate of a very small or restricted area, especially when this differs from the climate of the surrounding area.
Examples of Microclimate in a sentence
"My microclimate gets plenty of sun in the afternoon, even when it's raining just a few streets over."
"The waterfall produces a very lush microclimate full of vegetation."
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It's a pretty self-explanatory term — microclimate means the weather in a small area. These mini weather patterns exist because of both manmade and natural influences that change the wind, precipitation, or other weather elements.
Did you Know?
Due to the steep changes in elevation and the effects of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, the weather of San Francisco can be changeable. When it's sunny in one neighborhood, it may be cold and foggy less than one mile away. The locals have even nicknamed the thick fog that rolls across the city Karl, a reference to the giant some were afraid of in the movie "Big Fish."