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Casidy GregoryPhysical Geography30 April 2012Dr. ParylakPhysical Geography PaperThere are many climate differences over the world, as well as just over our country. Specifically, you can show the difference between an area by their precipitation, temperature, landforms, etc. But when looking at two different areas of the United States, you would expect them to be somewhat similar. Salt Lake City, Utah and Key West, Florida are on opposite sides of the country and have very different climates.Thousands of miles apart, Salt Lake City lies in the western region of the United States, whereas Key West is south of the tip of Florida. Salt Lake City is west of mountains while Key West is east of the Gulf of Mexico. By their two very different map locations, you can tell that these two cities do not have much in common.Salt Lake City, found at 40°45’N/111°53’W, has a climate that is widely variable. The city lies in a semi-arid region in the Salt Lake Valley, surrounded by mountains and the Great Salt Lake, and receives little precipitation. Under the Koppen climate classification, Salt Lake City has a semi-arid climate and is classified as BSk.The city has four distinct seasons, with a cold, snowy winter, a hot, dry summer, and comfortable, relatively wet transition periods. The Pacific Ocean is the primary influence on the weather, contributing storms from about October to May, with spring being the wettest season, and April being the wettest overall month. Snow falls frequently
during the winter, contributed largely by the lake effect from the Great Salt Lake. The