Climate reference for Victoria incorrect

In your Best of the City issue, you refer to Victoria’s climate as Oceanic or Marine West Coast. This is incorrect.

In your Best of the City issue, you refer to Victoria’s climate as Oceanic or Marine West Coast. This is incorrect.

In the widely used Koppen climate classification, this would be Cfb (Oceanic), whereas Victoria is Csb (Mediterranean).

The difference between Cfb and Csb is that Csb has dry summers, defined as less than 30 millimetres of rain per month during the summer months and less than one third of the rainfall during the summer months, compared with the wettest winter month.

In Victoria (as measured at Gonzales), summer rainfall is well below this threshold (21 mm in June, 14 mm in July, and 20 mm in August) and the summer months receive less than one-fifth as much precipitation as the wettest winter month.

It looks like you got this from an incorrect statement in the Wikipedia article about Victoria’s climate.

(The same article also states that Victoria’s climate is Mediterranean.)

Steven Murray

Victoria

 

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