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View Poll Results: What's your LEAST favorite climate type?
Tropical [AF/AM/AS] 6 10.71%
Hot Desert [BWH] 17 30.36%
Cold Desert [BWK] 3 5.36%
Semi-Arid [BSH/BSK] 0 0%
Subtropical [CFA/CWA] 0 0%
Oceanic [CFB/CWB] 0 0%
Subpolar Oceanic [CFC/CWC] 1 1.79%
Hot Summer Mediterranean [CSA] 0 0%
Warm Summer Mediterranean [CSB] 1 1.79%
Hot Summer Contenental [DSA/DWA/DFA] 3 5.36%
Warm Summer Continental [DSB/DWB/DFB] 0 0%
Subarctic [DSC/DSD/DWC/DWD/DFC/DFD] 2 3.57%
Arctic [ET/EF] 22 39.29%
Other/something more specific 1 1.79%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-23-2020, 08:52 AM
 
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Other than the truly extreme climates, where hardly anyone lives (Siberian Tundra?), my least favorite is the humid hot-summer continental climate, of the type that we experience in the American Midwest. Winters easily rival those of the northernmost population centers of Europe (Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow) while summers at least feel like they rival Southwest Asia. The extremes are exasperating, and the transitional periods are woefully short. If it's going to be a long cold winter, I'd rather have a cool summer, where a business-suit could be worn comfortably outdoors, without sweating. If the summers are going to be scorching and sultry, then I'd rather have a mild winter.

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I grew up in northern Illinois and don't know if that qualifies as sub-Arctic but it sure felt like that in the winter. I hated it. Too cold, too much snow, and then it rained all summer. It seemed like a rarity to have a nice sunny day.
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Chicago winters are long and bitter cold: December thru April. Springs are almost nonexistent. It doesn't fully warm up until May or June most years, then turns warm very quickly. Summers are warm but relatively short, with relative cold snaps starting in August. .
Most of the American Midwest is like this, save in the more Southern parts, for a longer lingering of warm weather into August, and September. In my [former] part of Ohio, early October can be warm too, and then almost overnight come the bitter winds of winter.
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Old 12-23-2020, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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"Least" favorite?

That's easy.














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Old 12-24-2020, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Huron Shores
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Hot desert climates are the absolute worst. Yes it’s dry heat, but 120 and bone dry feels much worse than 90 and humid in a tropical place no matter how you look at it.
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Old 12-24-2020, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Nirvana
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Hot desert climates are the absolute worst. Yes it’s dry heat, but 120 and bone dry feels much worse than 90 and humid in a tropical place no matter how you look at it.
And it's funny, people will switch on you and say dry heat is better. Now at lower temps, maybe in the 80's to even low 90's, maybe. But 105-110 degrees is gonna be hella hot no matter how much humidity there is or isn't.
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Old 12-24-2020, 09:34 PM
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Hot desert climates are absolutely awful, followed closely by cold deserts or anything arid/semi-arid. Mediterranean climates are also up there on my lousy climate list for being dry for much of the year.

Bad climate-anything too hot, too dry, lacking seasons or doesn't have evenly distributed precipitation year round.
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Old 12-25-2020, 07:19 AM
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Location: Sheffield, England
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Polar, because they are extremely cold.
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Old 12-25-2020, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Hellinois
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Without a doubt, polar (ET/EF) is the worst climate in theory. But how many people actually live there? Not many. It doesn't cover much of the globe, and has no permanent residents in the Southern Hemisphere. And whoever lives there is well-equipped for it: from owning Happy Lights, to keeping snowmobiles in good working order, to wearing Goretex and thermal wear, to enjoying the midnight sun to the fullest.

The worst widespread climate is subarctic. It's the Uncanny Valley of climates: not cold enough to need the full polar climate gear, yet not warm enough to even be remotely enjoyable for much of the time. So you end up with the worst of both worlds: long, cold, nasty winters, where you have to clear ice off your car every day, and hassle with outerwear; and brief, not-hot-enough summers that don't give you much time to enjoy their warmth, and no euphoria-inducing midnight sun. The subarctic climate, at least in practice, covers a big part of the Northern Hemisphere, extending as far as Chicago in some years. That's almost halfway to the equator! Which puts it in the #1 spot of bad climates.

All in all, Earth is basically a cold planet, more similar to Mars than Venus, despite the latter being more similar in size and composition. It's average temperature is about 60*F; that's still jacket weather, if there's wind. Truly hot climates don't really begin until you hit 30* north and south. Maybe the high-pressure horse latitudes at the tropics lines stop much of the warmth from reaching very far north and south.

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Old 12-25-2020, 07:51 AM
 
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Hot desert climates are the absolute worst. Yes it’s dry heat, but 120 and bone dry feels much worse than 90 and humid in a tropical place no matter how you look at it.
At least in humid heat you can seek shadow under the trees, while in dry heat you can’t because you’re in a literal desert.
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Old 12-25-2020, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Hellinois
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At least in humid heat you can seek shadow under the trees, while in dry heat you can’t because you’re in a literal desert.
Also, wind feels good in a humid climate. While in a dry climate, wind feels like a convection oven.
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Old 12-25-2020, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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Anyplace with more than a dusting of snow.

A fresh fall of snow is charming, but I don't want to have to shovel it or wade through it.
And there's something so dismal about grimy snow, and the dead plants revealed when it melts.

And I like sunshine.

Where have I lived? California, Hawaii, and Arizona. And Minnesota, but only for six fairly snow-free months. I insisted on getting out by the end of October.
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