Climate and Ecology

Climate

Spring

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Spring in the city is a wet season; on average, it rains once every three days. In practice, weather fronts tend to come in waves; it rains for three to six days in a row, then goes back to being sunny and nice until the next front rolls in. The rainfall itself is generally mild, a soft but nearly constant drizzle. Nighttime temperatures during the spring are cool, but generally stay above freezing; daytime highs are typically pleasant but not quite warm.

Summer

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Summer is the city's dry period; the skies are typically clear and the sun bright, with only a few storms throughout the season. Daytime temperatures are mild, comfortably warm and almost never too hot; nighttime lows are cool but not cold. Despite being bracketed by two rivers, the atmosphere does not get very humid, even on the hottest days of late summer.

Autumn

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Winter

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Summers are warm, sunny and rather dry, with July reaching an average high of 81 °F (27 °C) and a low of 58 °F (14 °C) late in the month. Heatwaves particularly occur during July and August. Winters can be mild to cold, and very moist, with January averaging a high of 46 °F (8 °C) and a low of 37 °F (3 °C). Rainfall averages 37.5 inches (950 mm) per year. Cold snaps are short-lived, and snowfall typically occurs no more than a few times per year, although the city has been known to see major snow and ice storms.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 45.6 (7.56) 50.3 (10.17) 55.7 (13.17) 60.5 (15.83) 66.7 (19.28) 72.7 (22.61) 79.3 (26.28) 79.7 (26.5) 74.6 (23.67) 63.3 (17.39) 51.8 (11) 45.4 (7.44) 62.1 (16.72)
Average low °F (°C) 34.2 (1.22) 35.9 (2.17) 38.6 (3.67) 41.9 (5.5) 47.5 (8.61) 52.6 (11.44) 56.9 (13.83) 57.3 (14.06) 52.5 (11.39) 45.2 (7.33) 39.8 (4.33) 35.0 (1.67) 44.8 (7.11)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.07 (128.8) 4.18 (106.2) 3.71 (94.2) 2.64 (67.1) 2.38 (60.5) 1.59 (40.4) 0.72 (18.3) 0.93 (23.6) 1.65 (41.9) 2.88 (73.2) 5.61 (142.5) 5.71 (145) 37.07 (941.6)
Snowfall inches (cm) 1.6 (4.1) 1.6 (4.1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.6 (1.5) 1.3 (3.3) 5.2 (13.2)
Avg. precipitation days 17.2 15.8 17.2 15.3 12.8 8.8 4.4 4.8 7.5 11.4 18.9 18.3 152.4
Avg. snowy days 1.0 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.4 1.3 3.8
Sunshine hours 86.8 118.7 192.2 222.0 275.9 291.0 331.7 297.6 237.0 151.9 78.0 65.1 2,347.9

Habitat

See also: geography

This is a placeholder for an overview of the region.

Lowlands

The lowlands extend east and south from the city, boundaries defined by the two rivers and the mountains. They contain a variety of habitats, from woodlands dominated by any of oak, pine, or fir to open swathes of grassland. Cottonwood, maple, ash, alder, and willow can be found along streams and the banks of the rivers. A melange of other plants occur in the different lowland habitats, providing a variety of food sources and material for gatherers and quarry for hunters. The lowlands are relatively safe, as wildernesses go, but the operative word is relatively — particularly in the south, where the lowlands wrap around Ash Hallow. In past generations, some have attempted to carve farmland out of the wilderness near North River, beyond the borders of Collumbra, but no such venture remained viable beyond a few years.

Lowland regions are prone to summer wildfires, though never in living or recorded memory has a fire threatened the city itself; for some reason, wildfires never approach the city verge.

Mountains

Mountains can be seen in all directions from the city, but only those to the east and south are routinely ventured into. The foothills on the far side of the lowlands quickly rise into tall, sharp peaks, many of which bear snow on their slopes from fall into the very beginning of summer. The tallest mountain, almost directly east of the city, is crowned with white all year long. The mountains are heavily forested, with conifers predominating — fir, hemlock, spruce, cedar, and the occasional pine. The very highest regions, rarely visited by people, are a patchwork of open grassland and dense evergreen thickets.

Most who travel all the way out to the mountains do so either to hunt or to harvest wood; some gather edible plants, herbs, materials for dyes, and other sorts of useful things. The wise do so in large groups. The mountains are notable for their native predators as well as occasional ferals, in addition to the purely innate hazards of travel such as rockfalls, avalanches, and storms.

A single ridge of peaks also extends along the far bank of the Western River. In the lee of that ridge, between mountains and river, is Shadowglen, one of the three named hazard zones. Those who travel into Shadowglen, or the mountains beyond, do so at their own peril. As only one bridge is known to span the West River, few have ventured into that wilderness.

City Verge

See also: ferals

The city verge refers to a poorly-defined borderland immediately surrounding the occupied city regions. In some areas, the verge has more urban qualities — it consists of ruined buildings reclaimed by nature, overgrown and decaying from generations of neglect. Some of these places were occupied as little as two or three generations ago, while others have been abandoned for longer than any records recall. Other parts of the verge consist of wilderness disrupted by few to no remnants of prior development; these are generally woodland habitats similar to the rest of the lowlands.

Generally speaking, the city verge is at least as dangerous to wander into as the wilderness beyond it. The incidence of ferals seems to be markedly higher within the verge, even in places not themselves bordering on hazard zones.

Urban verge: the margins of Gray Zone, Kilnsward, Meridian North, and True City

Wooded verge: the margins of Beckett, Collumbra, Decaying Rim, and Rose District

City Proper

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Major Flora and Fauna

This is a placeholder for an overview on local species.

The lists below are not necessarily exhaustive, but provide a sense of what species are and are not found in and around the city. See the information above to determine whether a species would fit here. Note that large domestic animals, such as horses and cows, are not present in any form, but other feral species (such as parakeets and peacocks) may be.

Farmed Species

Berries blackberry, blueberry, grape, huckleberry, raspberry, rose hip, redcurrant, strawberry
Fruit and nuts apple, buckeye, cherry, peach, pear, plum, walnut
Edible Plants carrot, broccoli, flax (uncommon), kale, mushroom, oat, pea, polebean, rye, spinach, squash, winter wheat
Herbs and spices chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme
Animals chicken, donkey, duck, goat, goose, rabbit, turkey

Wild and Feral Species

Berries blackberry, blueberry, elderberry (high altitude only), grape, huckleberry, raspberry, rose hip, redcurrant, salmonberry, serviceberry, strawberry
Fruit and nuts acorn, apple, buckeye, cherry, crabapple, hazelnut, peach, pear, plum, strawberry, walnut
Edible plants camas, cattail, chicory, miner's lettuce, mushrooms, peas, polebeans, winter wheat
Herbs and spices mint (feral), wintergreen, yarrow
Trees alder, cedar, cottonwood, fir, hemlock, maple, oak, pine, walnut (verge only)
Large predators bear (black and brown), cougar, wolf
Small predators and scavengers badger, bobcat, ermine, cat (feral, urban only), coyote, dog (feral), fisher, fox (gray and red), lynx, marten, mink, opossum, raccoon, river otter, spotted skunk, striped skunk, weasel (long-tailed and least), wolverine (rare)
Large game boar, deer (black-tailed), elk, goat (mountain), sheep (bighorn)
Small game beaver, goat (feral and mountain), pika, rabbit (cottontail, feral, and jackrabbit), squirrel (fox, gray, and red)
Game birds chicken (feral), chukar, dove (mourning and rock), duck (various), goose (various), grouse (blue and ruffed), quail, peacock, pheasant (ring-necked)
Birds of prey bald eagle, hawk (cooper's, goshawk, red-tailed, rough-legged, sharp-shinned), osprey, owl (barn, great gray, great horned, saw-whet, screech, spotted), turkey vulture
Other notable birds crow, jay (scrub and steller's), magpie, parakeet (feral), peacock (feral), raven
Fish bass, carp, pikeminnow, salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout, walleye
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