Some useful links for climate hunters:
- Climate Finder – define a set of climate conditions and find the places that match
- WorldClimate – type in the name of any place to access climate data
- Climate-Charts.com – claims to have ‘[t]he largest accessible collection of climate data on the web’
- National Climatic Data Center – a good source of climate data
- World Meteorological Organization – collects and publishes climate data collected by member states
A couple of books that summarise climate conditions at locations across the globe:
- World Weather Guide by E. A. Pearce, apparently out of print
- Weather to Travel by Maria Harding, the same idea but in a thinner and perhaps more accessible format
Systematic attempts at finding the perfect climate (US only):
- The Camelot Climate Index – a former Professor of meteorology scores maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, precipitation and sunshine for a number of US locations according to their (un)pleasantness. Take the average across the scores, and hey presto – there’s your Camelot index. His notion of an ideal climate? ‘[...] sunny and relatively mild with few extremes in temperature, humidity or precipitation.’ And the winner is – San Diego!
- Conroy and the Man – a blogger attempts to identify the best climate in the US by considering only temperature measures. His index rewards a moderate average and low variation in temperature. Honolulu tops the resulting list.
sunny and relatively mild with few extremes in temperature, humidity or precipitation