What is the Appalachian Mountain climate?


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The climate of the Appalachians is quite diverse, with plenty of temperate conditions as well as extremes in weather patterns. Temperatures and precipitation vary throughout the year based on elevation and location.

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The Appalachian Mountain range stretches from Quebec Province in Canada down to Georgia. This wide range accounts for the varied climate and weather conditions. For example, the southernmost part of the range enjoys relatively mild temperatures throughout the year, with an average low of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of approximately 60 degrees. Altitudes under 2,000 feet generally have milder weather as well. The White Mountains typically have the heaviest snowfall. The area is also home to some of the strongest gusts of wind ever recorded, with the top of Mount Washington experiencing a gust over 200 miles per hour.

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