Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz

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Perito Moreno
Town
Perito Moreno is located in Argentina
Perito Moreno
Perito Moreno
Location in Argentina
Coordinates: 46°35′19″S 70°55′27″W / 46.58861°S 70.92417°W / -46.58861; -70.92417Coordinates: 46°35′19″S 70°55′27″W / 46.58861°S 70.92417°W / -46.58861; -70.92417
Country  Argentina
Province Santa Cruz
Department Lago Buenos Aires
Elevation 517 m (1,696 ft)
Population (2010 census [INDEC])
 • Total 4,617
Area code(s) +54
Climate BWk

Perito Moreno is a town in the northwest of Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, 25 km east of Lake Buenos Aires. It should not be confused with the Perito Moreno National Park over 300 km south by road, or the Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate. The town is the capital of the Lago Buenos Aires Department. It lies on the RN43, a paved road which links Caleta Olivia on the Atlantic coast to Los Antiguos and the Chilean frontier 60 km west, and Ruta 40, running north and south.

The town is a centre of cattle ranches and smallholdings producing fruit and vegetables. Tourism is also an important industry. Perito Moreno is the closest town to Cueva de las Manos, 170 km south by road, and Parque Laguna.

In the 2010 census the town had a population of 4,617.[1]

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1910, as a rest stop for travellers by the springs which give rise to the Rio Deseado. The place was called Pari-Aike (meaning "place of reeds") by the Tehuelche, but the town was officially called Nacimiento in 1927. The name was changed in 1944 to Lago Buenos Aires, and in 1952 to Perito Moreno, after the explorer Francisco Moreno.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Perito Moreno (extremes 1951–1960 and 1970–present)[a]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.0
(95)
33.7
(92.7)
32.0
(89.6)
24.0
(75.2)
21.0
(69.8)
17.0
(62.6)
15.8
(60.4)
16.5
(61.7)
21.8
(71.2)
25.5
(77.9)
29.2
(84.6)
32.0
(89.6)
35.0
(95)
Average high °C (°F) 20.4
(68.7)
20.2
(68.4)
18.2
(64.8)
17.2
(63)
9.0
(48.2)
5.9
(42.6)
6.2
(43.2)
8.2
(46.8)
10.7
(51.3)
14.9
(58.8)
17.9
(64.2)
19.3
(66.7)
14.0
(57.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 14.2
(57.6)
14.5
(58.1)
12.0
(53.6)
7.9
(46.2)
4.3
(39.7)
1.4
(34.5)
1.6
(34.9)
3.7
(38.7)
5.2
(41.4)
8.8
(47.8)
11.6
(52.9)
14.0
(57.2)
8.3
(46.9)
Average low °C (°F) 9.7
(49.5)
9.5
(49.1)
7.2
(45)
3.2
(37.8)
0.2
(32.4)
−3.0
(26.6)
−2.7
(27.1)
−0.6
(30.9)
0.4
(32.7)
3.8
(38.8)
6.8
(44.2)
8.8
(47.8)
3.6
(38.5)
Record low °C (°F) −1.0
(30.2)
−0.1
(31.8)
−5.5
(22.1)
−10.5
(13.1)
−16.5
(2.3)
−18.2
(−0.8)
−25.7
(−14.3)
−16.9
(1.6)
−10.0
(14)
−9.8
(14.4)
−5.2
(22.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
−25.7
(−14.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 17
(0.67)
7
(0.28)
8
(0.31)
8
(0.31)
21
(0.83)
12
(0.47)
12
(0.47)
11
(0.43)
8
(0.31)
5
(0.2)
3
(0.12)
4
(0.16)
116
(4.57)
Average precipitation days 4 2 4 4 7 6 6 5 4 2 1 2 47
Average relative humidity (%) 43 50 55 61 73 79 74 68 61 51 46 45 59
Source #1: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional[2]
Source #2: Secretaria de Mineria (extremes 1951–1960),[3] Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario (extremes 1970–present)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ INDEC website, Table 12.1
  2. ^ "Datos Estadísticos (Período 1951-1960)" (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Provincia de Santa Cruz - Clima Y Meteorologia: Datos Meteorologicos Y Pluviometicos" (in Spanish). Secretaria de Mineria de la Nacion (Argentina). Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz". Estadísticas meteorológicas decadiales (in Spanish). Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The record highs and lows are based on the Secretaria de Mineria link for the period 1951–1960 while records beyond 1970 come from the Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario link since it only covers from 1970–present. As such, when these 2 sources are used together, the records are from 1951–1960 and from 1970–present

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