zhiao From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 394 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Is there any other place on Earth, besides those in areas of high elevation, where it's always mild (almost never hot), not humid, and relatively sunny? I have been looking at temp averages and 10 day forecasts of cities around the world, and I can't find anywhere that matches San Diego; highs near 68and lows in the lower 60's. Are you kidding me?! In June. What other cities have such an optimal climate, and have it nearly year round? Most other parts of the US are much more extreme; SE Asia is much hotter and more humid; The Med. is hotter in the summer and never have highs in the 60's; the Caribbean is much hotter and more humid; Polynesia is much hotter and more humid; some parts of coastal Peru and N Mexico likely have a similar weather pattern; Middle East (why bother mentioning); continental Asia is much more extreme, etc.
CompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
"Best" is heavily subjective. I'm in Los Angeles fairly frequently and was heavily disappointed that I had to wear a sweatshirt throughout Memorial Day weekend. Yes, Hawaii is humid but the temperature is consistent year-round and the weather usually fairly peaceful. Thus, it gets my vote for "best" climate.
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Yes, it is. I love the heat. Give me LAS in July over SEA any day. Some people just love snow. I have lived in STS for almost three years and the last time I saw snow was driving to RNO two years ago Thanksgiving.
Does SoCal have the "best" climate? If you want it to, then, yes. Personally, I think it is just okay. I like SAN and costal Orange County. Or, right here in Sonoma.
StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3354 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2475 times:
Quoting zhiao (Thread starter): I have been looking at temp averages and 10 day forecasts of cities around the world, and I can't find anywhere that matches San Diego; highs near 68and lows in the lower 60's.
I could say that Auckland has similar climate but it averages the high 50's in the winter time during the day with temperatures in the mid 70's in the summer. Since NZ is surrounded by water at a temperate latitude it doesn't get too hot.
Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 1): Best" is heavily subjective. I'm in Los Angeles fairly frequently and was heavily disappointed that I had to wear a sweatshirt throughout Memorial Day weekend.
For coastal cities it depends on the wind if its coming in from the land it will be warmer and if it is coming in from the ocean it will be cooler.
From what I know about LA it can be 80 degrees in January and 65 in July.
geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
Personally, the best climates I've ever experienced was on Oahu, and Charlotte Amilie in the American Virgin Islands; (it's also reputed to be the only place where the "common cold" is unknown ); (that is, unless you bring one with you on the plane)
I really don't see how weather could get any better than it is in Honolulu; rains every day, (for 5 to 10 minutes), right out of a sunny sky; 10 minutes later, there are no puddles, and no visible signs that it has rained in a month. All that, plus it has more rainbows in a normal week than anyplace else has in a year ! (I sure hope WN starts going to HNL soon !)
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I live in coastal SoCal (about 3/4 mile from the ocean) and it frequently does get hot in the summer. Granted, it usually cools down some by nighttime, but I wouldn't characterize the middle of the day in the summer as "mild".
I absolutely love the weather here in coastal SoCal. My (now former) job was about 4 miles inland, and during the summer, it would be 85 degrees when I left work, and 75 degrees when I got home 10 minutes later. That is freaking great.
However, we pay for it with very dry conditions, massive power consumption, and complete lack of water.
I absolutely detest humidity; I'll take a dry 95 degrees over 80 with 75% humidity any day. There was one day that I and a friend went hiking up in Topanga State Park. It was certainly hot, and we were sweating, but I didn't really think too much of it. When we got back and I looked at the weather, Topanga was listed at around 100 degrees.
I find I always underestimate temperatures here, since I grew up with humid summers.
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Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
My favorite weather would be Duluth, Minnesota or Chicago, Illinois. I love cold winters with lots of snow.
For mild, I liked the weather in San Francisco (preferably the Sunset district and Twin Peaks) where it's foggy & windy all the time.
Don't ask me how I ended up in a tropical environment.
Quoting zhiao (Reply 2): True, I think SoCal can be too cool for some
To cool? I guess for some. I grew up there and it is too hot for me. Also WAAAAY too sunny and too dry. Would not want to live back there.
Ideal climate for me is Ireland, Scotland, then the rest of the UK, or even Iceland. I need many gray days (I don't hate the sun quite as much if it just comes out once in a while for a bit), and cool, moist weather. Don't mind cold. Not a big fan of snow compared to rain, but as long as the summers are cool I'm ok with whatever in the winter.
I lived in the the San Francisco Bay Area for some time. Maybe it was because I was across the bay from S.F. but I didn't like the weather. Months of uninterrupted sun followed by months of pouring rain. No gray, moist days, only pouring or sunny. Also, October is supposed to be the beginning of relief from the summer and a gorgeous fall month, not the hottest freaking month of the year. Having hot summer weather in October nearly put me over the edge. I don't think you can beat autumn in New England.
je89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2249 times:
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I can't stand the cold, clouds, and/or too much rain and snow. The Arizona and Nevada region is warm (scorching in the summer) but just too dry. Dry enough where you can get shocked by the running water in a kitchen sink. On the other hand, places like Southeast Asia are also nice and warm, but just too humid. Humid enough where you can get drenched with sweat after taking a short walk outdoors.
For me, the climate in Hawaii is the perfect balance of temperature, humidity, and overall weather. And it generally stays that way all year round.