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Old 08-16-2019, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Queensland
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I've decided to think of the worst climates I can think of that both fit the generalized stereotypes of "hot" and "cold", respectively.

For the worst city with a hot climate, I believe Quibdó holds that title. Quibdó is a city with about 100,000/400,000 people, located deep in the Colombian forests. It is the wettest city on Earth, which according to it's Wikipedia page, has it's total annual precipitation clocking in at 8,130.5 millimetres, or 320.1 inches of rainfall. For comparison, the wettest city in the US with a population larger than Quibdó, which is Mobile, Alabama, has a rainfall of only 1,679.0 millimetres, or 66.12 inches of rainfall. It's extreme rainfall also causes extreme humidity, with an average annual humidity level of 87%, which when combined with the average high temperature of 30.6 degrees celsius, which is recording during when the sun is out, or to put it another way, when most people are outside doing their own thing, gives the city a heat index (How the temperature feels to the body) temperature of 42 degrees celsius, or 108 degrees fahrenheit, which must feel horrible, and coupled with the fact that Quibdó and the Colombian department it's in, which is called the "Chocó Department", is to put it simply, is an abysmal place to live with horrible poverty (Read here if you want to learn more: https://colombiareports.com/colombia...e-jungle-hell/), so it's possible it cannot afford Air Conditioning, as well as the region essentially having no variation in either temperature, rainfall or humidity levels throughout the year, and it's incredibly cloudy weather which is on the extreme cloudy end of equatorial climates, with there only being 1,276.4 hours of sunshine per year, which rivals even Glasgow in Scotland, and you've got a bad climate.

For the cold side of the spectrum, I believe Norilsk, Russia should hold that title. Norilsk hold's two titles amongst cities, firstly it's the northernmost city on earth with a population at or over 6-digits, and it's the second largest city on Earth that is above the Arctic circle, the largest being another Russian city called Murmansk, and two, it's the coldest city on earth with a population at or over 6-digits if your defintion is by annual temperature, with the annual temperature being -9.6 degrees celsius, or 14.7 degrees fahrenheit. Norilsk mostly achieves this goal because of it's bone-shattering winters, which are dark, long and furiously cold, in which 8 months of the year have the average high, average mean and the average low featuring on average, temperatures below 0 degrees celsius, which if unprotected outside, can kill you, which means in Norilsk, losing your car keys can be a life or death situation. The coldest month, February, has an average monthly temperature of -27.2 degrees celsius, or -17 degrees fahrenheit, although the warmest month, February, has an average monthly temperature of only 14.3 degrees celsius or 57.7 degrees fahrenheit, which certainly doesn't let you recover from the horrible winter. The only major city on Earth which has colder winters when using this metric is yet another Russian city called Yakutsk. Another quirk regarding it's location is the long polar night and the midnight sun, in which both last 45 and 65 days respectively, and for a lot of people, the long polar night may make the Norilsk winter even worse. But there is a darker side to Norilsk, for a start, the city was built primarily for slave labour during the Stalin era of the Soviet Union (Which is evident in the city's dystopian architecture), many of them were worked to death, and even today, Norilsk is one of the most polluted cities on Earth (A video located below does it's job at explaining it), which when coupled with it's brutally cold climate and unimpressive visuals, may present a climate which alot may steer clear of.

Too long, didn't read; Quibdó is incredibly hot, wet and humid with aboslutely no seasons, whether it be temperature or rainfall and very little sun for it's location and with high poverty and very poor living conditions, while Norilsk is above the arctic circle has very cold and long winters and short, insufficient summers and is incredibly polluted, dystopian in looks and built from slave labour.

Check out their Wikipedia climate boxes too if you wish to;

Quibdó: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quibdó#Climate

Norilsk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norilsk#Climate

And that video about Norilsk:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIQse6od6oQ

I hope I did a good job in this post.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:47 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Quibdo has a significantly worse climate. It is complete and utter garbage, with the only shimmer of hope being the low sunshine (still not enough to save it from an F- grade).

Norilsk on the other hand is an excellent climate (A), with the only true deterrent being the extensive air pollution. While many of its residents are indeed highly unhappy, there are a good number of those that take pride in surviving there (and a few even join the local Walrus club where they go on wintertime dives; the proper way to enjoy a Siberian winter).

The reason for this choice is, of course, that cold weather is epic whereas hot weather is the plague of the earth.
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Lima, Peru
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Norilsk is worse by a PARSEC!
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Norilsk is tolerable 5 months of the year by my standards. Quibdó is intolerable all 12 months with the sheer heat / humidity, rainfall amount and frequency of thunderstorms.

Norilsk wins.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:03 AM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Quibdo: 9.9% / Z
Norilsk: 49.4% / F

Both are bad, but Quibdo is much worse. Norilsk's weather, while highly unpleasant five months of the year, is at least interesting.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Norilsk is worse by a PARSEC!
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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No contest. Norilsk has a worse climate and would be a way worse city to live in, IMO.

Look at images of the respective cities. I don't drink, but Norilsk would probably drive me to alcoholism and an early grave, as it has many Russians.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Quibdo is much worse as Norilsk has at least 4 seasons.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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Quibdo is much worse as Norilsk has at least 4 seasons.
As they say about northern reaches of Alaska, there are two seasons- big winter and little winter, with the latter being far too short in duration.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:33 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Quibdó by parsecs. It is an A- climate vs. an F- climate for Norilsk.
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