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View Poll Results: Christchurch
A 7 12.73%
B 16 29.09%
C 14 25.45%
D 12 21.82%
F 6 10.91%
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Melbourne AU
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F

cold year round, very cloudy aswell, no thunderstorms, and you have to jump on a plane for sweet relief.

7 hours of sunshine per day in summer at 43 deg latitude is pathetic when you consider that daylight is 15 hours long or so.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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F

cold year round, very cloudy aswell, no thunderstorms, and you have to jump on a plane for sweet relief.

7 hours of sunshine per day in summer at 43 deg latitude is pathetic when you consider that daylight is 15 hours long or so.
Predictable reaction. "Very cloudy" by world standards is a significant exaggeration.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Predictable reaction. "Very cloudy" by world standards is a significant exaggeration.
Incidently, do you happen to know what the mean annual sunshine tally is over all populated areas (weighted by population)? I would guess around the lower 2000 bracket.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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How can anyone give this an F? It's hardly offensive!
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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How can anyone give this an F? It's hardly offensive!
Heat fanatics like Asagi automatically give Fs to anything outside of the tropics.

For me, Fs are reserved for climates that are completely unliveable (Vostok Station, Dallol, etc.) or marginally liveable but extremely unpleasant year-round (Campbell Island, Grytviken, etc.)
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Incidently, do you happen to know what the mean annual sunshine tally is over all populated areas (weighted by population)? I would guess around the lower 2000 bracket.
For all world sunshine stations I read somewhere that it's about 2330, and with population weighting would be a little higher I suspect. But I have no idea how the stations are distributed, so it's rather unclear really.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:19 AM
 
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I shall award it a B. Temperatures are pleasant most the year, and winter sunshine better than England. But summer sunshine levels are dissapointing, very similar to Southern England, which suggests summers are far from guaranteed to be good. Winds might be a bit annoying during the cooler half of the year, though it is nothing like as bad as Wellington in that respect, or so i hear.

I also see in many pictures of its skyline snow capped mountains nearby, a lot like LA or Seattle, so assume that Ski-ing and suchlike is available close at hand. Its nice to get your fix of snow and yet return to milder lower elevations at night for lower heating bills and to save scraping frost and snow off the car. Also nice that its a coastal city for beach and ocean activities. Is the sea around there warm enough to pleasantly swim in, I wonder?
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I shall award it a B. Temperatures are pleasant most the year, and winter sunshine better than England. But summer sunshine levels are dissapointing, very similar to Southern England, which suggests summers are far from guaranteed to be good. Winds might be a bit annoying during the cooler half of the year, though it is nothing like as bad as Wellington in that respect, or so i hear.

I also see in many pictures of its skyline snow capped mountains nearby, a lot like LA or Seattle, so assume that Ski-ing and suchlike is available close at hand. Its nice to get your fix of snow and yet return to milder lower elevations at night for lower heating bills and to save scraping frost and snow off the car. Also nice that its a coastal city for beach and ocean activities. Is the sea around there warm enough to pleasantly swim in, I wonder?
I found the sea temperature to be fine for swimming for about 2-3 months, but knew others who always thought it too cold.

The Southern Alps are to the west, and the Kaikoura mountains to the Northwest, so plenty of skiing. There wouldn't be many places in the world that can do the ski in the morning/surf in the afternoon routine as easily as Chch. I did it a few times, but never intentionally.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:38 AM
 
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B-

I'm not impressed, but I could live here.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I rated it a B, although I strongly considered giving it a C. I do wish the temperatures were higher, but I do like that it never gets extremely cold. I also like that the rain is evenly distributed throughout the year. I also like that, while snow is rare, it is not unheard of. That's good - if winters are going to be kind of chilly, there might as well be snow.

Thought I had after rating the climate: Ah, but what about geology? I have heard that Christchurch has a ... tendency to get earthquakes sometimes. That's a negative, but it is too late to change my B ranking now.
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