Lenghu

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Lenghu
冷湖 · ᠯᠧᠩᠬᠤ ᠵᠢᠨ · འཁྱག་མཚེའུ་
Administrative Committee
Location of Lenghu (red) in Haixi Prefecture (yellow) and Qinghai
Location of Lenghu (red) in Haixi Prefecture (yellow) and Qinghai
Lenghu is located in Qinghai
Lenghu
Lenghu
Location of the seat in Qinghai
Coordinates: 38°23′N 93°22′E / 38.383°N 93.367°E / 38.383; 93.367Coordinates: 38°23′N 93°22′E / 38.383°N 93.367°E / 38.383; 93.367
Country People's Republic of China
Province Qinghai
Autonomous prefecture Haixi
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Postal code 817400
Website hxlh.gov.cn

Lenghu (simplified Chinese: 冷湖行政区; traditional Chinese: 冷湖行政區; pinyin: Lěnghú Xíngzhèngqū) is an Administrative Committee in the northwest of Qinghai province, People's Republic of China, bordering Gansu to the north/northeast and Xinjiang to the northwest. It is under the administration of Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Geography[edit]

Lenghu borders Da Qaidam to the east, Mangya to the west, Aksai Kazakh Autonomous County (Gansu) to the north, and Ruoqiang County (Xinjiang) to the northwest, and is part of the northwestern Qaidam Basin in an area dotted frequently by yardangs.

Climate[edit]

As with most of northwestern Qinghai, Lenghu has an arid climate (Köppen BWk), with long, cold winters, and warm summers. It is the driest locale in the country,[1] with only 16.1 mm (0.63 in) of precipitation annually, and it is not uncommon for months to pass by without any rainfall, though underground water resources are plentiful. The monthly 24-hour average temperature drops to −12.5 °C (9.5 °F) in January and rises to 17.1 °C (63 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 2.82 °C (37.1 °F); diurnal temperature variation is wide, averaging 17.4 °C (31.3 °F) annually. The area is also extremely sunny; with monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 72% in July to 85% in October, the area receives 3,443 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Climate data for Lenghu (1971−2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −3.2
(26.2)
0.9
(33.6)
6.6
(43.9)
13.1
(55.6)
18.7
(65.7)
22.6
(72.7)
25.0
(77)
24.4
(75.9)
19.1
(66.4)
11.7
(53.1)
3.8
(38.8)
−1.9
(28.6)
11.7
(53.1)
Average low °C (°F) −20.6
(−5.1)
−17.2
(1)
−11.5
(11.3)
−5.3
(22.5)
1.3
(34.3)
6.3
(43.3)
9.2
(48.6)
8.0
(46.4)
2.1
(35.8)
−6.5
(20.3)
−14.4
(6.1)
−19.7
(−3.5)
−5.7
(21.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 0.3
(0.012)
0.1
(0.004)
0.3
(0.012)
0.1
(0.004)
1.3
(0.051)
3.7
(0.146)
5.2
(0.205)
4.2
(0.165)
0.4
(0.016)
0.1
(0.004)
0.1
(0.004)
0.3
(0.012)
16.1
(0.635)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 0.6 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.8 2.2 3.7 2.2 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.6 11.8
 % humidity 36 28 26 23 23 28 32 30 27 27 31 37 29.0
Mean monthly sunshine hours 235.2 237.5 283.7 305.8 335.1 323.0 325.6 324.0 297.5 294.6 249.7 230.9 3,442.6
Percent possible sunshine 78 79 77 77 76 73 72 77 80 85 83 79 78
Source: China Meteorological Administration

References[edit]

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