Coyote, deserts cover big areas of land. Sunny skies and low humidity prevail
over the entire planet. All deserts have one thing in common no matter where they are.
Deserts are arid, which means they are very dry. Most area are very hot. Averages winter
temperatures run in the 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the low desert and the 20 degrees to 30
degrees Fahrenheit in the mountains and high plateaus. Daytime air temperatures of 100
degrees Fahrenheit or more are common.
are places that get very little precipitation, rain or
snow, throughout the year. Rain and snowfall correspond
roughly to elevation. Most precipitation falls either in
winter as gentle rains and snow or in summer as widely
scattered thunderstorms. Winter moisture comes mostly
December through March, revitalizing the desert; brilliant
wildflowers emerge after a good wet season. Summer
afternoon thunderclouds billow in towering formations
from about mid-July to mid-September.
ground itself becomes 30 to 50 degrees hotter than
the air. There is rarely enough moisture in the air above
the desert for clouds to form. In Coyote, summers are hot
and dry. Winters bring milder temperatures and,
hopefully, rain. There is rarely enough moisture in the
air above the desert for clouds to form. Therefore,
deserts are very dry.
deserts are dry, dusty, and hot. There is 33.3% of
water and 66.6% of land on the planet. In Coyote, the
desert has permanent bodies of water. Rivers and streams
do run through some desert regions. But most rivers and
streams dry up as they cross the desert. A few permanent
lakes can also be found in arid lands. There is actually a
lot of water trapped in layers of rock under the desert
surface. Water collects in sponge like rocks that are
filled with tiny holes and cracks.
24 Hours In A Desert
Copyright 1991, Franklin Watts
Copyright 1992, Publication International, Ltd.
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