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View Poll Results: Do your prefer the Cambridge in Massachusetts or the one in the UK
Cambridge, MA 24 82.76%
Cambridge, UK 5 17.24%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-30-2011, 10:03 AM
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Both Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cambridge, UK have about 100,000 people, prestigious universities (Harvard and MIT for Cambridge, MA and Cambridge for Cambridge, UK) and similar annual average temperatures.

Which would you like better?

I can't find weather data for a weather station in Cambridge, MA. The closest is the airport station for Boston (about 5 miles to the east). The airport on the sea, while Cambridge is a bit inland, so I think Cambridge might be slightly less mild. Should be close.

BOSTON WSFO AP, MASSACHUSETTS - Climate Summary

Click on temperature and Precipitation on the left bar for more details. Sunshine hours 2500-2600, I think.

and for Cambridge in the UK:

Cambridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cambrige, UK has slightly lower annual highs, about the same annual low.
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I'll take the UK's weather over Boston any day. What those average lows don't tell you about is the blizzards and snowstorms. It doesn't snow nearly as much in the UK as in New England.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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MA all the way. Mainly for the thousand or so hours of additional sunshine and the fact that it has a real summer (but still a fairly mild one). Winters are a lot cooler but they're not really severe by North American standards and the snow would be interesting.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Cambridge, MA since it has a snowy winter, although Cambridge, UK's mildness is very appealing. I would choose Cambridge, UK if I wasn't obsessed with having snow during the winter.
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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No contest. Cambridge MA, despite the winters. The other one is far too cloudy, and one would have to be distracted by work a lot to stop noticing that.
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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I'd choose Cambridge, UK for the milder winters and much less snowfall.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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I pick MA because of it's warmer summers (for me in terms of experiencing a summer, the English city's 22.5C (72.5 F) highs in July and August, as well as having only two months of 70+ highs, just doesn't cut it), and more generally for the American side overall being warmer for the May to October stretch.

The UK city is only warmer for December- March, which isn't that great of an advantage considering that Boston's winters aren't too bad (the highs are at least above freezing) compared to what I'm used to.

Lastly, there's also the issue of sunshine where the UK is a bit lacking in.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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I really can't decide.

In a climate the main points for me to give the final score depends on:

Rainfall (less is better)
Sunshine (more is better)
Variability (less is better unless it's very very boring like the equator)
Convection (more is better)
Temperature (milder/warmer is better)


UK vs MA

UK
Pros
Mild winters
Less rain
More consistent weather

Cons
Duller
Cooler summers
Less convective weather

MA
Pros
Good summer
More sunshine
More convection

Cons
More rainfall
Colder winters
Suddener changes in temperature.

It seems that Cambridge MA has the same number of pros vs cons as Cambridge UK so I cannot vote.

Looks like I shall have to flip a coin.

OK, here goes.....

Tails up = MA
Heads up = UK

And the winner is:

Cambridge, MA.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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LOL! Funny! I'd rep you Weatherfan2 but it seems like I've repped you earlier somewhere.

Would you say you weigh some of the points/factors more than others though?
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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LOL! Funny! I'd rep you Weatherfan2 but it seems like I've repped you earlier somewhere.

Would you say you weigh some of the points/factors more than others though?

The heat and convective weather probably do a bit.
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