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This climate type occurs primarily on the periphery of the true deserts in low-latitude semiarid steppe regions. It is transitional to the tropical wet-dry climate on the equatorward side and to the mediterranean climate on its poleward margin, with a cooler, wetter winter resulting from the higher latitude and mid-latitude frontal cyclone activity. Annual precipitation totals are greater than in tropical and subtropical desert climates. Yearly variations in amount are not as extreme as in the true deserts but are nevertheless large.
The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "BSk". (Tropical and Subtropical Steppe Climate).
The average temperature for the year in Starbuck is 50.1°F (10.1°C). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 59.1°F (15.1°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 41.6°F (5.3°C).
The highest recorded temperature in Starbuck is 71.8°F (22.1°C), which was recorded in September. The lowest recorded temperature in Starbuck is 26.5°F (-3.1°C), which was recorded in January.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Starbuck is 81.2" (2062.5 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is December with 12.4" (315 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 1.7" (43.2 mm). There are an average of 81.0 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in December with 12.0 days and the least precipitation occurring in July with 3.0 days.
In Starbuck, there's an average of 2.4" of snow (0 cm). The month with the most snow is December, with 1.1" of snow (2.8 cm).