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Old 12-24-2013, 11:22 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Something odd is going on with the west coast this year. We've even had a relatively dry fall and autumn in rainy Vancouver.. September was the wettest month of the year and wetter than October, November and December here which is very very unusual.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Segovia, central Spain, 1230 m asl, Csb Mediterranean with strong continental influence, 40º43 N
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With well over 3000 hours of sunshine per year, coastal Southern California is very sunny. From what I've seen it is almost uniformly sunny throughout the year, with only very intermittent cloudiness. So California being sunny is no myth. That said, I respect the fact that it may be too overcast for your taste.

You are correct that there are sunnier places in the United States than LA/San Diego. In fact almost all of the southwest quadrant of the U.S. is as sunny or sunnier than Los Angeles. Yuma sports over 4000 sun hours per year, making it the sunniest weather station in the world. Phoenix sports about 3900 sun hours. Even a climate as cool as Flagstaff has 200 more hours of sunshine annually than Los Angeles. Los Angeles's 3200 sun hour figure is comparable to Denver's 3100 hours.
Southern California and soutwest quadrant of U.S. is sunnier than almost every place in southern Europe.
For instance Madrid or Barcelona in Spain are over 2500 sun hours per year.
Sunniest places in Europe barely reach 3100 sun hours, as Almeria in Spain, Faro in Portugal, most of Cyprus or Crete...
Where I live it's over 2100 hours or so.
I personally think southwestern U.S. may be too sunny for my taste.
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Wellington and North of South
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Southern California and soutwest quadrant of U.S. is sunnier than almost every place in southern Europe.
For instance Madrid or Barcelona in Spain are over 2500 sun hours per year.
Sunniest places in Europe barely reach 3100 sun hours, as Almeria in Spain, Faro in Portugal, most of Cyprus or Crete...
Where I live it's over 2100 hours or so.
I personally think southwestern U.S. may be too sunny for my taste.
The usual cautions about comparing US numbers with those of many other countries apply.
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:29 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Something odd is going on with the west coast this year. We've even had a relatively dry fall and autumn in rainy Vancouver.. September was the wettest month of the year and wetter than October, November and December here which is very very unusual.
There's been a stuck a high pressure off the PNW coast. Also responsible for a nearly rainless fall and December in California.

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also California's been having record breaking drought:

Weather Extremes : California Closes in on Driest Calendar Year on Record | Weather Underground

Year to date, San Francisco has received 5.6", 24% of normal.

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Old 12-25-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Big Sur is the wettest part of the state. But the other day on Weather Channel, a ranger from there said they've barely had any rain there and there are now wildfires up in that area. So sad-I was there in summer and last fall, and it was beautiful and green.
Really? I always thought that the extreme northwest coast of California is the wettest part of the state. The weather there is more like Oregon and the Pacific Northwest rather than the rest of the state which is where the larger cities are located.
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Old 12-25-2013, 03:39 PM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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Really? I always thought that the extreme northwest coast of California is the wettest part of the state. The weather there is more like Oregon and the Pacific Northwest rather than the rest of the state which is where the larger cities are located.
Yes. Mostly in the coastal mountains of Del Norte and Humboldt counties.



Big Sur isn't close (off map but check the southern California link).

Precipitation Maps | Western Regional Climate Center
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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verry sunny, even in christmas, with temps in LA Area at 87 degrees.
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Old 12-25-2013, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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OK. The ranger from Big Sur on the Weather Channel said himself that Big Sur is the wettest part of the state. He was wrong.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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I also found some data from MeteoChile (though I can't find it now).

If you think however I'm going to waste my time tediously counting the myriads of egregious errors in Wikipedia data, think again. .
Look, you just sourced Arica's climate - That's all I ever wanted. I never asked of you to source every city's climate.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:19 AM
 
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The usual cautions about comparing US numbers with those of many other countries apply.
How many hours less would American cities have if going by the other methods?
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