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Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

Köppen Code: BSh
B : Arid
S : Steppe
h : Hot


View Index of Climate Classification Types

Steppe climates are intermediates between desert climates (BW) and humid climates in ecological characteristics and agricultural potential.

To determine if a location has a semi-arid climate, the precipitation threshold must first be determined. Finding the precipitation threshold (in millimeters) involves first multiplying the average annual temperature in °C by 20, then adding 280 if 70% or more of the total precipitation is in the high-sun half of the year (April through September in the Northern temperate zone, or October through March in the Southern), or 140 if 30%–70% of the total precipitation is received during the applicable period, or 0 if less than 30% of the total precipitation is so received. If the area's annual precipitation is less than the threshold but more than half the threshold, it is classified as a BS (steppe climate).

Hot semi-arid climates have a mean annual temperature of at least 18°C, or a mean temperature greater than 0°C in the coldest month.

Related climatic classifications
BSkCold semi-arid (steppe) climate
BWhHot deserts climate
BWkCold desert climate


A selection of mineral localities found in this climate zone.

Noche Buena Mine, Noche Buena, Mazapil Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico
San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine), East Camp, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Aquiles Serdán Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
Concepción del Oro, Concepción del Oro Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico
Tonopah-Belmont Mine (East Vulture Mine; Belmont-McNeil Mine; Economy Mining Co. Mine), Belmont Mountain, Tonopah, Osborn Mining District, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA
Golden Mile Mines, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia
Chispas Mine (Pedrazzini mine), Arizpe, Arizpe Municipality, Sonora, Mexico
Black Rock Mine, Black Rock, Kalahari manganese field, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cerralvo, Cerralvo Municipality, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Globe, Globe Hills, Globe Hills Mining District, Globe-Miami Mining District, Gila Co., Arizona, USA
Mary Kathleen Mine (Mary Kathleen Uranium), Mary Kathleen district, Rosebud Station, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia
Gibraltar Mine, Naica, Saucillo Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
Anderson Mine (Date Creek project; U-V Mine; Uranium-Air Mine), Date Creek Basin, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA
Lightning Ridge, Finch Co., New South Wales, Australia
Parras de la Fuente (Parras), Parras Municipality, Coahuila, Mexico
Candelaria mine (Candelaria prospect), Moctezuma, Moctezuma Municipality, Sonora, Mexico
Wickenburg - East of, Wickenburg, Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA
Yowah opal field, Paroo Shire, Queensland, Australia
Midnight Owl Mine (Lithia King Mine; Lithium King Mine; Midnight Owl pegmatites), Independence Gulch, White Picacho Mining District, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA
Lake View Consols Gold Mine (Lake View and Star), Golden Mile Mines, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia
Animas Mine, Francisco Portillo, West Camp, Santa Eulalia Mining District, Aquiles Serdán Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico
Caverns of Sonora (Mayfield Cave), Edwards Plateau, Sutton Co., Texas, USA
Abenab Mine, Grootfontein, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Dariba Mine, Rajpura-Dariba deposit, Udaipur District, Udaipur Division, Rajasthan, India
Perseverance Gold Mine (Boulder Perseverance Mine), Golden Mile Mines, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia
Ash Creek rhyolite, Hayden, Pinal Co., Arizona, USA
 
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