The Importance of Climate

This section covers Macroclimate and Microclimate. Macroclimate refers to large scale regional weather conditions and long term trends in cloud cover, humidity and precipitation, and temperature. Microclimate is a function of short term, local fluctuations in light, temperature, and moisture at a particular site. These factors are affected by distinctive site conditions such as wind barriers and shade created by trees and other obstacles, the aspect (direction) and slope of a hillside, frost pockets, streams banks, etc. Both macroclimate and microclimate contribute to growing conditions, so knowledge of these factors should inform your selection and placement of crops.

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