Mediterranean climate

Mary Sue Ittner
Mon, 17 Mar 2003 13:51:00 PST
Dear Angelo,

It is so helpful to have people from the countries we are interested in on 
our list so they can educate us. Maybe Lee will have to redo his chart.

The point you make about when it rains is an important one that I did not 
include in my introductions. When I visited Lauw, I learned for the first 
time about this pattern of early rain followed by a dry period and spring 
rains. I hadn't thought much about it just assuming that the pattern would 
be similar which it isn't.

Here in California we have haphazard rainfall in the fall. People start 
talking about how dry it is and how much rain is needed and worry about 
fires since there would be no rain from when it stopped say sometime in 
April or May most years until September or October or sometimes even 
November. Winter is when we get most of our rainfall and then it tapers off 
in spring.

Perhaps Sheila or Mary can explain the details of Western Australia's 
rainfall and someone from Victoria rainfall in that part of the Medit 
climate. Do we have anyone from South Australia? Some of our Australian 
members are very quiet and I don't know where they live.

I believe South Africa has earlier rainfall too. If you think of plants 
blooming when the pollinators are going to be around then the peak of all 
the Mediterranean plants will be at different times. Although some of the 
California geophytes bloom in winter, a lot more bloom in late spring early 
summer when the rain is less.

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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