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The Driest City In The World?  
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18685 times:

Which city is the driest in the world? Where does the rain (almost) never fall?


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User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18659 times:

I would say Lima is at least the driest capital in the world.

pelican


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18659 times:

I guesses it would have to be in the Atacama desert, Iquique in particular, but several websites I googled claim it's nearby Arica. It makes sense as the Atacama is the driest desert in the world.


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User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18647 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 2):
guesses it would have to be in the Atacama desert

. Since this is definetely the driest area on earth and the city of Arica or Antofagasta. Just my wild guess, i didn't look up the precipitation amounts for any cities.



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User currently offlineLYRFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18629 times:

How about Riyadh in Saudi Arabia? Just a guess..

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18620 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 2):
but several websites I googled claim it's nearby Arica

Didn't Michael Palin pass through there on his pole to pole trip? I seem to remember him going to a town with that reputation.



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 18603 times:

Wasn't there a time several years ago where the a small town in Scotland briefly became the driest place on earth with a relative humidity of something like 0.09%? I remember seeing something on the news about how it only held that status for a few hours.

User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18568 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 6):
a small town in Scotland briefly became the driest place on earth

Scotland, dry weather? Most have been extrem freak weather.  Confused

pelican


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18560 times:

Quoting Pelican (Reply 7):
Scotland, dry weather? Most have been extrem freak weather. Confused

Well, with the el nino currently passing through, would that really surprise you?  Silly



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User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2358 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18556 times:
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Calama, Chile!

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User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 18544 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 8):
Well, with the el nino currently passing through, would that really surprise you?

Ahh, not el nino but global warming  Wink

pelican


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3852 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18502 times:

The Driest City In The World?

Any city in Utah.



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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18500 times:

Barcelona  Wink

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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18496 times:

Well, the government seems to be trying to tell us that one of our cities is the driest. I'd say Brisbane, then Sydney, then Melbourne.

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18479 times:

Quoting Pelican (Reply 10):
Ahh, not el nino but global warming Wink

Depends what you believe in  devil 



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User currently offlineORDRyan28 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 988 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18479 times:

Seattle! Duh!  Wink

I think it would be Death Valley, CA



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 18466 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 13):
Well, the government seems to be trying to tell us that one of our cities is the driest. I'd say Brisbane, then Sydney, then Melbourne.

well we are the driest country on this planet


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5854 posts, RR: 40
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 18437 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 13):
I'd say Brisbane, then Sydney, then Melbourne.

try Adelaide & Hobart.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 18409 times:

Quoting Pelican (Reply 10):
Ahh, not el nino but global warming

Signed,
Al Gore

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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3059 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 18397 times:

Try this one on for size.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3261243.stm

How would you like to be under those conditions.Damn.



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User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 18397 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 13):
Depends what you believe in devil

Touché.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 18):

Signed,
Al Gore

Damn now I have to change my user name  Wink

pelican


User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1600 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 18371 times:

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 17):
try Adelaide & Hobart

At least what water supply we have here in MEL is well and truly drinkable compared with the crap in Adelaide! Recycled water from the Murray River....

[Edited 2007-02-17 01:11:34]


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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5678 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 18345 times:

Quoting LY777 (Thread starter):
Which city is the driest in the world? Where does the rain (almost) never fall?

Check out:
http://worldatlas.com/geoquiz/thelist.htm

and you'll find:

Driest Place Atacama Desert, Chile, imperceptible rainfall on a yearly basis.

and

DRIEST INHABITED PLACES
(Rain fall in inches per year)
Aswan, Egypt 0.02"
Luxor, Egypt 0.03"
Arica Desert, Chile 0.04"
Ica, Peru 0.1"
Antofagasta, Chile 0.2"
El Minya, Egypt 0.2"
Asyut, Egypt


User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 18331 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 2):
I guesses it would have to be in the Atacama desert, Iquique in particular, but several websites I googled claim it's nearby Arica. It makes sense as the Atacama is the driest desert in the world.

Had lunch with a colleague who has been in Iquique and he asserted (prior to my reading this thread) it was the driest city in the world -- although I think anyplace nearby in the Atacama would equally qualify. Apparently there are several locaitons within easy distance of Iquique where it has _never_ rained in recorded human history. Vegetation gets by through absorbing dew rolling in off the ocean in the morning.

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 18242 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 22):
Check out:
http://worldatlas.com/geoquiz/thelist.htm

and you'll find:

Driest Place Atacama Desert, Chile, imperceptible rainfall on a yearly basis.

The Dry Valleys in Antarctica are in fact the driest place on earth, and have probably not seen rain for thousands of years. Air moisture amounts to a few millimeters a year and the winter winds scour their surface at nearly 200mph, hence nothing; plant or animal lives there! Ironically they do have rivers which run during the afternoons in summer, from the glacial melt-water into isolated lakes, and it's the largest expanse of Antarctica which is not covered by snow or ice.


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25 Post contains images MKEdude : That was my first thought as well. I would think that any city in Saudi Arabia would fit the bill on both counts.
26 Post contains images Aloges : They also have the significant advantage of no one being there to record any possible rain. Hence they don't really qualify for "driest city". So ver
27 Post contains images Garri767 : denver! everything there seems to fall in the form of snow, not rain!
28 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Indeed, I wasn't presenting it as an option, just replying to another post I'd say the driest city's in America must be around the Nevada Desert or p
29 HAWK21M : Northern Chile. regds MEL
30 Swissgabe : Jeddah Riyadh Timbuktu ?
31 LY777 : In Eilat, Israel, there was only 9 mm of rain since August 2006. As for Riyad, it is not so dry: 99 mm of rain each year![Edited 2007-02-18 21:38:30]
32 LH526 : Exactly what I said in Reply 9 .... quick answer! Topic cleared! Case closed! Can't seem to understand why such a question needs over thirty replies
33 Post contains images Bill142 : Driest continent as well
34 Post contains images PlymSpotter : I think that would be because it's not a city, and it's also not the driest either. Dan
35 Lh526 : Calama is a City ... and proofed to be the driest by both precipitation and average humidity by Yale scientists. Mario LH526
36 Post contains images PlymSpotter : My apologies, I thought you were just referring to the desert itself. Dan
37 Usair320 : By Statistic Arica, Chile receives only 1/2 of an inch of precip. each year. Thats pretty drie.
38 LH526 : Right! That is if you read it as precipitation, by both humidity and rain it would be Calama, only some hundreds miles southeast of Arica. Arica is o
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