Microclimate Immediate local conditions for temperature, humidity, solar radiation, and wind.
Microclimate Affected by: Earth Wind Fire Water
Earth: Topography The leeward side of a hill can protect from unwanted winds
Elevation Temperature changes about -3.6 ºF with each +1000 feet change in altitude ElevationTemperature Salt Lake City 4200’95º F Park City6800’~86º F
Rain & Snow Shadows Form when moisture precipitates out as air moves up slopes L: p.73 Fig. 5.2d
Ground Cover – Vegetation Trees, shrubbery, and grasses provide shade that prevents moisture from evaporating Permeable surfaces reduce temperatures through evaporative cooling Reeves House, Lopez Island, WA Cutler-Anderson, 2002 http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/ pview.php?id=562