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Re: Its really Australia that is much more exceptional than North America.
Message from George in Bandon Oregon
yes, Mike the better climatic comparison is with Eurasia (though it wasn't originally part of the conversation). western and Mediterranean parts of that continent are rather analogous to the western parts of north America while the eastern side of Eurasia is similar to that of corresponding parts of our continent. FWIW, east Asia share many plant genera like magnolia, liquidambar, hamamelis, liriodendron, carya, ilex, etc. that western north America and Eurasia don't
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