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Old 07-19-2012, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Paris
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This is a shameless mirror copy of Proterra's thread about gloomiest cities and shall be, as the title indicates, a thread about the top 20 sunniest major cities in the world.

To make it interesting and comparable I will use Proterra's very same criteria:

X) Xxxxx, YYYY hours = Major city, metropolitan area > 500.000 inhabitants
*) Xxxxx, Yyyy hours = Regional centre, > 100.000 inhabitants or regional centre, >5000 inhabitants, largest or capital city of remote region, or no larger towns within 300 kilometres. Unranked as these are not major cities.


For now the first few that come to mind:

1) Phoenix 3876
2) Las Vegas 3822
3) Cairo 3416
4) Los Angeles 3254
5) Cape Town 3092
6) Lhasa 2990


Let's add all those we know to make a comprehensive ranking. For now I have to go but I will update it later

I did not include Yuma, AZ and Redding, CA as Wiki says both of their city population is below 100 000, though Yuma MSA has more than 100 000 inhabitants - what do you guys think?
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Great idea. For me it'll become a comprehensive list of potential holiday spots
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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From my own research, I found Phoenix and Las Vegas to be tied for the sunniest. Yuma, not a major city, tops them all!

Aren't we also talking days with clear blue skies, with no clouds in the sky?
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Khartoum 3731, Nicosia 3314, Johannesburg 3128 plus virtually anywhere in the Middle East I'd imagine. The sunniest cities seem to be spread around the world more than the Chinese/northwest European domination of the gloomiest cities list.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:25 AM
 
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Miami 3154.9 and all the Middle Eastern cities are up there Abu Dhabi, Dubai, etc..
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Baghdad, 3240 hours
Benghazi, 3169 hours
Downtown Los Angeles, 3254 hours
San Francisco, 3061 hours
Damascus, 3168 hours

Also, although I don't think this would make the list of the sunniest, Ulan Bator gets 2793 hours. I doubt that one would be on ADGreen's holiday list .

There also seem to be so many cities that are extremely sunny by my standards. It's much harder to find the really cloudy spots. Instead of needing Barack Obama to spread the wealth, I think we need Mother Nature to spread the cloudiness .
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Kowaniec, Nowy Targ, Podhale. 666 m n.p.m.
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I did not include Yuma, AZ and Redding, CA as Wiki says both of their city population is below 100 000, though Yuma MSA has more than 100 000 inhabitants - what do you guys think?
MSA=metro, so that counts

Aswan, Egypt; 3864
Tucson, AZ; 3802
Khartoum, Sudan; 3731
Tindouf, Algeria; 3603 - refugee camps included in population
Tindouf, Algeria; 3603 - refugee camps not included in population
Alice Springs, NT; 3504
Agadez, Niger; 3493
Kandahar, Afghanistan; 3380
Quetta, Pakistan; 3341
Amman, Jordan; 3298
Baghdad, Iraq; 3241
Perth, WA; 3211
Almeria, Spain; 2965
Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia; 2042 - sunniest town in Baltic Sea basin
West-Terschelling, Netherlands; 1827 - sunniest town in North Sea Basin
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:29 AM
 
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Tel Aviv 3,317
Tel Aviv - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Regional centres

Broome Western Australia, 3,511 (population only around 12,000, but it's the largest in the area)
Broome, Western Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Melbourne AUS
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Unfortunately Australia doensn't have any major cities in the sunniest spots (unless you call that tiny village, which takes 30 years to fly to - PERFFFFFFFFFFFF, a city) The sunniest population center I can find which actually has sunshine observations is Karratha with 3723 hours annually.

Karratha
Climate statistics for Australian locations
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Paris
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Thanks everyone for your contribution. Here's the updated list with a few on my own: (I haven't double checked the ranking and the population so feel free to tell me if there's any mistake)

Edit : I added D for places located in developed countries

*) Yuma 4174 D
*) Redding 3942
D
1) Phoenix 3876 D
2) Aswan 3864
3) Las Vegas 3822 D
4) Tucson 3802 D
5) Khartoum 3731

6) Sacramento 3614 D
*) Tindouf 3603
*) Alice Springs 3504 D
*) Agadez 3493

7) Cairo, 3416
8) Kandahar 3380
9) Quetta 3341
10) Tel Aviv 3317 D
11) Nicosia 3314 D
12) Los Angeles 3254 D
13) Amman 3298
14) Baghdad 3241
15) Perth 3211 D
16) Benghazi 3169
17) Damascus 3168
18) Miami 3155 D
19) Johannesburg 3128
20) Cape Town, 3092




Honorable mentions:

*) San Francisco 3061
*) Lhasa, 2990
*) Almeria 2965

Last edited by dhdh; 07-19-2012 at 10:54 AM..
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