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Old 11-17-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Look at these two maps. They are basically what we were both saying, but in pictures.





Notice the precipitation totals follow the boundaries of each body of water almost exactly? West of the western most point it is markedly drier than east of it in both maps. We can also see the influence of the Siberian High in China, further pushing the rain off China's coast and into South Korea and Japan, whereas our weaker North American High allows the moisture to follow less of a curve at the northern end of the country. China's precipitation kinda has like a crescent moon shape to it, whereas ours looks more like a left parenthesis
These maps are excellent. There is consistency as we both said. Notice the highest precipitation is nearest the warm bodies of water. The same basic weather patterns are at work here which means that China and parts of Japan would have a climate most similar to the eastern US due to the same basic weather patterns at play. great job finding these maps.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Another note I want to mention is that the USA spans a continent for those who may question the overall distribution of precip. Precip drops off gradually from east to west, rising sharply again along the Pacific coast. the northwest has a climate like that of northern Europe while south of there it is Mediterranean, like that of southern Europe. South and east of Mediterranean is desert, just like going in that same direction in Europe. There is remarkable consistency in climate distribution. The variation within them being due to land mass vs water ratio and topography of the land. Therefore, Milan Italy does not have a climate like the eastern US but one closer to inland areas of California with warm to hot summers and rather mild winters.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:35 AM
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Milan has colder winters than almost anything in inland California and its precipitation distribution is much more similar to the US East Coast than West Coast.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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West Scotland has a very similar climate to northern coastal California. We even have redwoods that were brought over from there about 150 years ago. They grow faster in height than the ones in California but the circumference isn't as big.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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4 season climate similar to east coast USA, from Virginia to Boston...

Rules out New Zealand....

NZ doesn't get as warm humid summers and has a too low standard deviation,
record lows are like Florida and warmest place in NZ has upper 70s avg highs (cooler then Boston).
Actually you're wrong. New Zealand is slightly cooler than Florida, particularly the South Island. The country's record low temperature was around -25.6 while Florida's was -19. Also NZ can be quite humid in the summer, especially the North Island, which experiences a subtropical climate, just like the summers of the USA's East Coast.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:49 PM
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Actually you're wrong. New Zealand is slightly cooler than Florida, particularly the South Island. The country's record low temperature was around -25.6 while Florida's was -19. Also NZ can be quite humid in the summer, especially the North Island, which experiences a subtropical climate, just like the summers of the USA's East Coast.
New Zealand is nothing like the USA's east coast. You'd have to go to coastal Maine to find a place with summers as cool as the warmest parts of the North Island:

Tauranga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Its winters have little in common with the US South, with low variabilty.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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True. Nothing in NZ comes close to to the US East Coast climate. There is no climate in the US that is close to NZ

I would think climates in Eastern Europe, Korea and Japan could come close to the East Coast.

I guess Southern parts of the East Coast could be reasonably close to somewhere like Buenos Aires.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Segovia, central Spain, 1230 m asl, Csb Mediterranean with strong continental influence, 40º43 N
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The similarities with China stop at the Sierra Nevada mountains and west of the Sierra Nevada the climates become more similar to Europe (in particular to Spain, Portugal, and France)

Fabio, none of Europe is similar to the east coast USA.
That's true.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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True. Nothing in NZ comes close to to the US East Coast climate. There is no climate in the US that is close to NZ

I would think climates in Eastern Europe, Korea and Japan could come close to the East Coast.

I guess Southern parts of the East Coast could be reasonably close to somewhere like Buenos Aires.
Well, Japan is the country most similar in the world to the US east coast. Only certain parts of eastern Europe come somewhat close, mostly Romania and Bulgaria, but they are too dry compared to the east coast and more similar to Nebraska and South Dakota. Japan has almost the same temperatures, almost the same precipitation totals, the same rainfall distribution, but it's slightly cloudier than the east coast (I believe also has more precipitation days). Korea is also very similar, except one, big, glaring difference. Most of Korea has a pronounced winter precipitation minimum, US east coast has uniform precip. There are very few places in the US with a Dw climate. The central and northern Plains are basically borderline Df/Dw climates. Parts of eastern Europe are a much better fit, climatically speaking, to the US east coast than Korea.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Segovia, central Spain, 1230 m asl, Csb Mediterranean with strong continental influence, 40º43 N
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True. Nothing in NZ comes close to to the US East Coast climate. There is no climate in the US that is close to NZ

I would think climates in Eastern Europe, Korea and Japan could come close to the East Coast.
I don't think summer in Eastern Europe are as sticky as Eastern US.
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