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View Poll Results: Best tropical climate?
Rainforest 6 20.69%
Monsoon 9 31.03%
Savanna 14 48.28%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-02-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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Which climate do you prefer?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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I love all 3, but my absolute favorite would be savanna.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: USA East Coast
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I like all three as well…and I would also go with tropical savannah too, but maybe for different reasons than others:

Although painfully beautiful, the tropical rainforest climate (often within 15 degrees of the equator) is one where the rains last 8 or 9 months (the ITCZ is always close by)…the dry season is short (often only 2 months)…and there is never a cool/dry/sunny season with low dew points. A place like the Congo Basin or the Amazon come to mind.

The tropical monsoon climate is better (and often located further from the equator than the tropical rainforest climates)….you get a shorter wet season (maybe 6 months)….a longer nicer dry season (often 5 – 6 months)….and there is a good semblance of a drier/sunnier/cool season with lower dew points/RH. The only down side is often the monsoon climates have intense and non-stop rainfall at the time of the “wet” so the time of high sun (summer) is often wet and the sun struggles to come out. Places like Southeast Asia come to mind.

The tropical savanna climate is likely the best IMO (and is located the furthest from the equator often near 20 – 25 N/S): There is a good “wet season” for proper lush growth….there is a long dry season (so dry, that often severe winter drought is an issue like in Calcutta, Miami,…etc), often up to half the year, and winters are sunny/mild/with low dew points/RH…..and high sun rains (summer) are often a bit less intense than monsoon tropics and there is more summer sun.

The tropical savanna seems to be the most livable IMO
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: In transition
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I love all 3 as well. I will go with tropical savannah as I think it gets the most sunshine on average of the 3.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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I like some dry.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Laurentia
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A rainforest for me. Tropical climates almost always feature high humidity year-round*, and tropical rainforests typically feature less sunshine. Rain makes the hotter temperatures more tolerable, and if it has to be hot and humid I say the more rain the better. Quibdo-like would be best. However, I would take a desert-like environment with year-round 74/54F temps and no humidity** over Quibdo.

*Sure, the dry season might feature lower humidity, but it's still humid by my standards. Plus, the tropical climates that have low dry season humidity typically have very hot temperatures in the dry season combined with a lot of sunshine, so the advantage is cancelled out.

**That would be just within tropical thresholds, temperature-wise. Since it's not an option in the poll, I pick the rainforest.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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Tropical rainforest climates in the outer tropics (Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii etc.) or equatorial highlands.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:35 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Koppen's rules for distinguishing between Monsoon and Savanna climates seem a bit confusing and arbitrary to me. Anyone have a good explanation?
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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Monsoon. I don't like the three to six month drought of savannah climates and rainforest climates tend to be too cloudy.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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I'll have to go with "tropical monsoon".

My favorite is probably Conakry, Guinea with its incredibly wet rainy season and incredibly arid dry season, which is very atypical for an Am climate:
Conakry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The days are a bit warm in the dry season though.

Also, Adamstown. It looks like a cooler rainforest climate that isn't excessively wet.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamsto...slands#Climate
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