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Elevation: 4016 feet     Latitude: 32 21N     Longitude: 106 22W
Köppen Classification: Tropical and Subtropical Desert Climate



This climate is dominated in all months by the subtropical anticyclon, or subtropical high, with its descending air, elevated inversions, and clear skies. Such an atmospheric environment inhibits precipitation. Most of Earth's tropical, true desert climates occur between 15° and 30° latitude. The most extreme arid areas also are far removed from sources of moisture-bearing winds in the interiors of continents and are best developed on the western sides of continents, where the subtropical anticyclone shows its most intense development. An exception to the general tendency for aridity to be associated with subsidence is in the Horn of Africa region, where the dryness of Somalia is caused more by the orientation of the landmass in relation to the atmospheric circulation. Both the high- and low-sun monsoonal winds blow parallel to the coast, so that moisture-laden maritime air can penetrate over land only infrequently.

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Bwk". (Tropical and Subtropical Desert Climate).

The average temperature for the year in White Sands is 62.0°F (16.7°C). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 81.0°F (27.2°C). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 42.0°F (5.6°C).

The highest recorded temperature in White Sands is 110.0°F (43.3°C), which was recorded in June. The lowest recorded temperature in White Sands is -1.0°F (-18.3°C), which was recorded in December.

The average amount of precipitation for the year in White Sands is 13.4" (340.4 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is August with 3.0" (76.2 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is March with an average of 0.3" (7.6 mm). In terms of liquid precipitation, there are an average of 65.0 days of rain, with the most rain occurring in August with 12.0 days of rain, and the least rain occurring in April with 2.0 days of rain.

In White Sands, there's an average of 11.2" of snow (0 cm). The month with the most snow is December, with 5.0" of snow (12.7 cm).

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