San Antonio Oeste

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San Antonio Oeste
San Antonio Oeste
San Antonio Oeste
Coordinates: 40°44′S 64°57′W / 40.733°S 64.950°W / -40.733; -64.950Coordinates: 40°44′S 64°57′W / 40.733°S 64.950°W / -40.733; -64.950
Country  Argentina
Province Bandera de la Provincia del Río Negro.svg Río Negro
Established July 10, 1905
Government
 • Intendente Javier Alejandro Iud
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 16,966
CPA Base R8520
Website http://www.sanantoniooeste.gov.ar/

San Antonio Oeste is a port city in the Argentine province of Río Negro, and head of the department of San Antonio.

The town is bordered by its sister communities of San Antonio Este, to the east, and Las Grutas, to the southwest. Discovered by an expedition of the Spanish Empire in 1779, San Matías Gulf became the site of an outpost, San Antonio (so named in honor of St. Anthony of Padua). Water scarcity led the original settlement to fail in 1905, leading the community to settle west of the gulf, in what today is San Antonio Oeste.

The arrival of the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway in its expansion towards Bariloche in 1910 led to the hamlet's growth. It later became the site of Punta Verde, the leading port for the large wool export industry of Patagonia, though the collapse in the wool market during the 1930s and '40s led to the port's closure in 1944.

Deep-water port of San Antonio Este

San Antonio Oeste benefited afterwards from a growth in tourism in nearby Las Grutas, a scenic cove known for its grottoes. Since 2000, it has also been home to a growing fishing industry, resulting from the openeing of a deep-water port in San Antonio Este.

Climate[edit]

San Antonio Oeste has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk) with cool winters and hot summers. Precipitation is low throughout the year.

Climate data for San Antonio Oeste
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 44.6
(112.3)
43.6
(110.5)
37.9
(100.2)
33.9
(93)
28.3
(82.9)
25.3
(77.5)
26.1
(79)
28.2
(82.8)
31.7
(89.1)
36.0
(96.8)
39.3
(102.7)
42.7
(108.9)
44.6
(112.3)
Average high °C (°F) 30.2
(86.4)
29.1
(84.4)
25.8
(78.4)
21.7
(71.1)
17.2
(63)
13.5
(56.3)
13.7
(56.7)
15.9
(60.6)
18.6
(65.5)
21.8
(71.2)
25.9
(78.6)
28.6
(83.5)
21.8
(71.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.6
(72.7)
21.6
(70.9)
18.9
(66)
15.2
(59.4)
11.6
(52.9)
8.3
(46.9)
8.3
(46.9)
9.8
(49.6)
12.0
(53.6)
15.2
(59.4)
18.8
(65.8)
21.1
(70)
15.3
(59.5)
Average low °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
15.8
(60.4)
13.2
(55.8)
9.8
(49.6)
6.7
(44.1)
3.3
(37.9)
3.6
(38.5)
4.4
(39.9)
6.3
(43.3)
9.2
(48.6)
12.5
(54.5)
15.0
(59)
9.7
(49.5)
Record low °C (°F) 5.3
(41.5)
4.5
(40.1)
0.1
(32.2)
−1.6
(29.1)
−9.9
(14.2)
−8.4
(16.9)
−8.0
(17.6)
−9.0
(15.8)
−6.3
(20.7)
−1.8
(28.8)
1.7
(35.1)
3.0
(37.4)
−9.9
(14.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.8
(0.819)
22.9
(0.902)
26.4
(1.039)
22.3
(0.878)
24.3
(0.957)
17.0
(0.669)
20.3
(0.799)
19.2
(0.756)
12.9
(0.508)
23.3
(0.917)
18.8
(0.74)
19.8
(0.78)
248.0
(9.764)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4 5 4 5 7 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 63
Avg. relative humidity (%) 47 52 57 60 67 69 69 60 56 54 49 49 57
Mean monthly sunshine hours 300.7 279.7 251.1 204.0 155.0 129.0 136.4 170.5 186.0 238.7 291.0 291.4 2,633.5
Percent possible sunshine 65.7 72.0 65.3 61.0 49.7 46.7 45.7 51.7 53.0 58.7 67.5 62.5 58.3
Source #1: NOAA (normals, 1961-1990),[1] Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (precipitation days 1961-1990)[2]
Source #2: Secretaria de Mineria (extremes and sun 1941–1990)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "San Antonio Oeste Aero I Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Valores Medios de Temperatura y Precipitación-Rio Negro: San Antonio Oeste" (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Provincia de Rio Negro - Clima Y Meteorologia: Datos Meteorologicos Y Pluviometicos" (in Spanish). Secretaria de Mineria de la Nacion (Argentina). Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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