A Comparison of Hydro-climatologic Data for Berkeley and Terre Haute

Usually, the regions that are found in similar geographical areas depict a similar weather pattern. However, in some cases, areas within the same region depict varying patterns, as in the case in question. Berkeley and Terre Haute are evidence of this disparity, which has long been misinterpreted by ordinary people. Indeed, some factors affect water precipitation characteristics of Berkeley and Terre Haute, making them stand out from the rest. The two regions have unique typographical structures, which is critical in determining water precipitation levels. On the one hand, Berkeley is a reasonably dry environment with high precipitation levels during the winter. On the other hand, Terre Haute, Indiana, has its high precipitation rate during the summer. These characteristics have implications for the two areas. Table 1 depicts The climatic patterns of Berkeley and Terre Haute.

Table 1: Hydro-climatologic Overview

  Berkeley Climatic Patterns Terre Haute Climatic Patterns
Surplus Winter Summer
Deficit Summer Winter
Usage Spring Autumn
Recharge Autumn Spring

Rationale for Differences

Notably, geographic position plays a crucial role in determining water precipitation patterns and levels in soil moisture. Berkeley is located in California, which has a coastline on the Eastern regions of the US (Engbrecht et al. 1049). On the contrary, Terre Haute is in the Mid-Western parts of the US where the soil moisture content tends to be high during the summer periods. The geographical positions of these regions are said to be the cause of the differences in weather patterns between the two regions.

The described geographical positions of Berkeley and Terre Haute explain the topographical differences of the two. California is one of the U.S. states that have an extensive seacoast, which facilitates high temperatures. Similarly, this area has is made of deserts and vast drylands (Ko, Yekang. 322). In contrast, Terre Haute has most of its earth surface covered with vegetation hence its soil has a lot of moisture. Topography is critical in determining the water holding capacity of geographical regions. In this case, the latter area has low evaporation during extreme weather conditions. Berkeley has a relatively higher weather evaporation rate during the summer due to a lack of vegetation cover.

Winds are also an essential part of describing a Hydro-climatologic process as they facilitate the movement of moisture in the air from one region to another. Dry winds are usually located on the leeward side of hilly places, and they lead to dry weather conditions, which are attributed to high evaporation rates. Beverley experiences dry winds from the coastline that travel to the windward side of mountainous regions in Indiana (Tan et al., 208). It is for this reason that California experiences high precipitation levels during summer periods and wildfires in the area move at high speed causing massive destruction. However, all winds that arrive at Terre Haute have a moisture content that reduces the rate of evapotranspiration rates in this region. The movement of winds and moisture content have a critical contribution to the Hydro-climatologic process.

It is essential to consider elevation levels of the ground in determining precipitation rates of Berkeley and Terre Haute. According to the hydro-climatological process, temperature levels are a factor in determining rates of precipitation. Berkeley is located at a relatively low ground which is almost at sea level. Such regions are associated with high temperatures that are at a maximum during summer and minimum during winter seasons (Ko 324). However, Terre is located at a higher ground as evidenced by the hilly and valley regions.  Such features interfere with weather patterns, especially when the wind is obstructed by areas that are hilly.

Consequently, the temperature in grounds that are elevated from the sea level has moderate temperatures. The lows and highs of heat in such regions are spread or distributed relatively throughout the year. It is for this reason that Terre Haute is an arable land suitable for agricultural activities. The weather patterns in such areas are predictable, and most farmers capitalize on high moisture content on the soil to high harvest volumes.  Arable lands in this region, for instance, is used for both home and cash crop farming, both of which provide a source of revenue.


Some areas have similar climatic conditions while others have starkly different one because of some factors, such as geography. In some cases, even areas within the same geographic region experience different weather patterns. Berkley and Terre Haute have differences, for instance, topographical, that make their weather rather unique. Winter-precipitation levels are determined by an integration of climatic and weather conditions with reference to a given geological structure in a given location. Berkeley experiences high precipitation times during the winter season as a result of maximum levels of water moisture. On the other hand, the topographical advantage of Terre Haute enables the location to experience maximum precipitation levels during summer periods. The area’s condition is critical in ensuring that weather patterns during certain climatic conditions are comprehensively addressed to understand the hydro- climatologic attributes of different regions across the globe.


Works Cited

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Ko, Yekang. “Trees and Vegetation for Residential Energy Conservation: A Critical Review for Evidence-Based Urban Greening in North America.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening34 (2018): 318-335.

Tan, Chun Liang, et al. “Impact of Plant Evapotranspiration Rate and Shrub Albedo on Temperature Reduction In The Tropical Outdoor Environment.” Building and Environment 94 (2015): 206-217.