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The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:39 am

Which city is the driest in the world? Where does the rain (almost) never fall?
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:06 am

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:06 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:12 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:32 am

How about Riyadh in Saudi Arabia? Just a guess..
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:37 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 2:48 am

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.
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:06 am

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:14 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:19 am

Calama, Chile!

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:28 am

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:10 am

The Driest City In The World?

Any city in Utah.
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:13 am

Barcelona  Wink

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:19 am

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.
 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:26 am

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:26 am

Seattle! Duh!  Wink

I think it would be Death Valley, CA
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:32 am

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
 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 6:58 am

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

try Adelaide & Hobart.
 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:18 am

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:46 am

Try this one on for size.

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

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:46 am

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

Touché.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 18):

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:10 am

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....

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:55 am

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"
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:13 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:07 am

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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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:20 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 11):
The Driest City In The World?

Any city in Utah.

That was my first thought as well.  wink 

I would think that any city in Saudi Arabia would fit the bill on both counts.
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 4:34 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 24):
The Dry Valleys in Antarctica are in fact the driest place on earth, and have probably not seen rain for thousands of years.

They also have the significant advantage of no one being there to record any possible rain.  Wink Hence they don't really qualify for "driest city".

Quoting MKEdude (Reply 25):
I would think that any city in Saudi Arabia would fit the bill on both counts.

So very true!  Silly
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 5:35 am

denver!

Quoting LY777 (Thread starter):
Where does the rain (almost) never fall?

everything there seems to fall in the form of snow, not rain!  Wink  duck 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 6:07 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 26):
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".

Indeed, I wasn't presenting it as an option, just replying to another post Wink

I'd say the driest city's in America must be around the Nevada Desert or possibly in Arizona, and certainly one of the driest in the world must be Ulan Bator in Mongolia.


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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:49 pm

Northern Chile.
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:38 am

Quoting LY777 (Thread starter):
Which city is the driest in the world?

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:35 am

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!

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:16 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 22):
Driest Place Atacama Desert, Chile, imperceptible rainfall on a yearly basis.

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 !
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:45 am

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 16):
well we are the driest country on this planet

Driest continent as well  wink 
 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:18 am

Quoting LH526 (Reply 32):
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 !

I think that would be because it's not a city, and it's also not the driest either.


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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:32 am

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 34):
I think that would be because it's not a city

Calama is a City ... and proofed to be the driest by both precipitation and average humidity by Yale scientists.

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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:18 pm

Quoting Lh526 (Reply 35):
Calama is a City ... and proofed to be the driest by both precipitation and average humidity by Yale scientists

My apologies, I thought you were just referring to the desert itself.  Embarrassment


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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:15 am

By Statistic Arica, Chile receives only 1/2 of an inch of precip. each year. Thats pretty drie.
 
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RE: The Driest City In The World?

Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:36 am

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 37):
By Statistic Arica, Chile receives only 1/2 of an inch of precip. each year. Thats pretty drie.

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 on the coast and can get occasional fog.

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