CLI­MATE

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Be­fore New Mex­ico be­came the Land of En­chant­ment it was called the Sun­shine State be­cause ev­ery part of the state re­ceives sun­shine 70 per­cent of the year and has low hu­mid­ity. On av­er­age, there are 283 sunny days per year. Santa Fe’s 7,000-foot al­ti­tude keeps tem­per­a­tures mod­er­ate with highs av­er­ag­ing 91 de­grees F in July, to lows near 19 de­grees F in Jan­uary. There are four dis­tinct sea­sons with fre­quent, dra­matic sum­mer thun­der­storms and oc­ca­sional snow­storms in win­ter. The tem­per­ate cli­mate boasts bright blue skies and sun­shine through­out the year with mild win­ters and low an­nual rain­fall. The low hu­mid­ity and skies free from smoke make the cli­mate one of the most health­ful in the U.S. The veg­e­ta­tion varies from as­pens and tall pines at the higher el­e­va­tions to piñons, sage­brush and grass­land to the south and east.

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