One way that I know when I am home is when I am in “my hills,” as I selfishly call them. These hills are part of the world’s oldest mountain ranges: the Appalachians. Though Pennsylvania reaches across the Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Ridge & Valley, and Great Valley, I am mostly familiar with the Plateuax on the western side of the mountains. They might not be much more than foothills, but it is significant enough for me to notice a vast flatness when traveling through Ohio.
Pennsylvania’s climate can also help make it identifiable. It falls into a humid continental region, resulting in it having both long, hot summers and freezing winters with snowfall. It also has a moderate amount of rainfall. “Although Pennsylvania lies entirely within the humid continental zone, its climate varies according to region and elevation” (“Pennsylvania - Climate”). Due to this, Pennsylvania actually has rather diverse weather patterns. Sometimes the weather can change dramatically within a week. For example, according to AccuWeather.com, the temperature high in State College on November 17th, 2013, was 58ºF, which then dropped to 23ºF as the high by November 24th. Essentially, the average temperatures and precipitation of Pennsylvania make it fit into a humid continental climate, but weather can really be chaotic at times. This is ...
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