Climate

Distinctly known for balmy trade winds, mild temperatures and sunny skies throughout most of the year, Half Moon Bay Weyr has made a name for itself as a tropical paradise. As such, the Weyr doesn't have what can be termed distinct seasons. There's the winter which is usually warm and summer which is warmer, with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 75°F during cool season and 85°F and up during the warm summer months. During the winter, nighttime temperatures may fall as low as 50°F though the average tends to be a little higher, and summertime nocturnal temperatures are not much lower than they are during the day. With such intense sunlight during the summer months, Half Moon Bayites have taken to a custom of a midday siesta (or at least, staying indoors even if they are not particularly sleeping) when the sun is directly overhead.

Emerald Island has a windward side, and a leeward side; Half Moon Bay Weyr and Half Moon Bay Hold are located on the southerly portion of the windward side where warm trade winds blowing from the main continent and swirling upwelling oceanic currents have made this part of Emerald Island much greener and moister than the other parts of the Island. Half Moon Bay Weyr enjoys a good deal of rainfall, green topical jungle plants and the abundance of rain has created lush pastures for the prized runner stock of nearby Half Moon Bay Hold. Due to the tradewinds, the weather is a little cooler on the windward side (but not by much) than it is on the leeward side. Rainfall is common on the island, and as the local residents say "It's raining somewhere." nearly every day, so it's no surprise that Half Moon Bay Weyr might experience short, light showers frequently. Clouds drift by often, casting shadows across the ground below.

The waters around Emerald Island are warm, nearly as warm as the air outside, which means that even in the cooler winter months, it's not uncommon to see visitors and island residents alike flocking to the beaches to sport in the tropical waters. Surfing is a popular pastime, and some of the best surfing spots are secret locations on the north shore of Emerald Isle not far from Sykan Hold. The exact locations are prized secrets for the locals, so visitors will have to befriend someone who lives in the area if they want to surf big waves. Storms are generally mild throughout the year, but more often than not, trade winds intensify and tropical storms are not unknown to wreak havoc on the islands. Hurricanes are relatively rare however, although not unexpected, and the residents of emerald Island have long since learned to prepare for such events.

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