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The Dry Mixedgrass Climate

A snapshot of the climate of the Dry Mixedgrass Climatically speaking, the Dry Mixedgrass Subregion is the warmest and driest in Alberta. It has a typical continental climate with cold winters, warm summers and low precipitation. Due to the warm summer temperatures and a high average wind speed, the rate of evaporation is high and the average temperature typically hovers around 16 degrees Celsius.

The total annual precipitation in this particular area is around 260-280 millimeters while summer precipitation is the lowest of any Subregion in Alberta. Compared to other Subregions, the Dry Mixedgrass Subregion has a high year-to-year precipitation variability.  Spring is usually the wettest season with about two-thirds of the annual precipitation falling as rain, most of this occurring during the month of June. During the winter months, however, the amount of snow cover is relatively low as is the number of days of continuous snow cover. Chinooks are most common along the western border of the subregion where there are more than 30 Chinook days per year.

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