Weather and Climate
The centaur homeland has a climate that ranges from the semi-tropical to the sub-tropical. In the lower parts of the mountains, the warm southern air keeps the temperature well above the freezing point even during the winter. Summers are hot and humid, with heavy rainfall; winters are mild, and provide enough rain for a secondary growing season. It is rare for the temperature to drop below freezing, and this only occurs on an average of once per decade.
The upper reaches of the Simbris Valley shade into a semi-tropical climate, which is more temperate due to cooling from elevation. Summers are hot and humid, with ample rainfall but with cooler nights than at the valley floor. Winters sometimes drop below freezing, but that is uncommon. Rainfall during the winter allows for a secondary growing season.
The prevailing winds usually run from west to east, with storms that gather on the mountains and blow down with tremendous force; this is more common during the spring and summer months. These thunderstorms may be sudden and violent and may occasionally cause tree and crop damage. Mist and fog are common, due to temperature inversions that occur when winds are blocked by the mountain peaks.
Though the upper valley may occasionally fall below the freezing point, causing frost that lingers into early morning hours, snow is exceedingly rare, and almost never falls as low as the Simbris Valley floor.
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