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Thread: Anyone else live in one of these "Top Ten" places?

  1. #1 Anyone else live in one of these "Top Ten" places? 
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    I've always maintained that I couldn't tolerate living in all these places I hear about that have extreme weather. Hurricanes or tornadoes or buckets of rain or miserable cloud cover day in day out. I sort of get the satisfaction many people talk about in regions where there are big differences between seasons - but I'm inclined to suspect that a lot of that satisfaction comes from relief from oppressive conditions. But that's just me.

    Turns out I live in one of those Goldilocks places. Not too hot, not too cold, not too sunny, not too dull, not buffeted by storms, not drenched by rain. This list wasn't determined by a survey, but by meteorological records compared to an ideal "anthropogenic weather" standard. I fancy a lot of people wouldn't like the "standard" - except when they were looking for holiday destinations.

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    The snow is melting, melting, melting.

    But we are supposed to get freezing rain and 15cm snow tomorrow.


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    You're welcome to it. I couldn't abide it.
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    i live just up the road from Manjimup. used to be some graffiti you could see from the highway...I would rather be a dung beetle than live in Manjimup.
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    i would love to live in such a place. the nicest places ive been to were southern France and Hawaii.
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    I remember one of our local politicians sort of bragging about a visitor to his home remarking when sitting under the vine covered patio - "Anywhere you can grow the grape, the olive and the almond is heaven". I might add that this was a garden containing about 20 fruit trees of various sorts as well as a substantial vegetable plot.

    But we can grow just about anything. From avocado to apple to almond, mango to mulberry, passionfruit to pomegranate to plums, blackberries to bananas - though you're unlikely to produce enough regular supply of bananas for a family, just often enough for the occasional boasting session at a BBQ. The only things we can't grow are certain cold climate plants as well as those varieties of peach and apple and the like that need a long chilling season, nor can we grow things that need constant humidity and/or copious amounts of water - and the soil here is alkaline and clayey so some plants need to grow in pots even if they can tolerate the climate - blueberries for instance. (I've never known of anyone growing hazelnuts, some people might up in the hills, though that might be because it's so easy to grow almonds.) Some people can manage a backyard microclimate well enough for many of these things to produce well, though no one in their right mind would set up an avocado orchard here. (We've got a couple of avocado trees coming along in our yard. Another year or two before any fruit though. The cherries have already started producing.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Anyone else live in one of these "Top Ten" places?
    Coastal San Diego, about a mile from the coast. Personally I'd be a lot happier with a little more rain; it gets very brown here come September.
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    I'd think you would. You get a fair bit less rainfall than us and we "supplement" ours with water from the Murray anyway (and we're pretty arid anyway).

    That will reduce over time with our brand new desal plant. At least we've had a tradition of household water tanks. Works reasonably well because most of our rain falls in winter anyway.

    We're pretty brown in most summers. This year we've had rain - real rain, not pathetic drizzles - a couple of times and the grass has greened up at unusual times and stayed that way for 2 or 3 weeks following.
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    I'm a weather nut, so non of those places would make me very happy...dull dull dull.

    It would be interesting to project how "ideal" they are by 2100 though. That Western Australia with 50% less rain, another 5C warmer might not be such a nice place to live in. Sort of like how Southern California Coast is looking more like Baha.
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    I spent some time in San Diego. I can't stand the same weather every single day. I need freezing cold winters and rainy springs and changing foliage. I could do without 105 degrees and high humidity, but everything else is nice. I really missed rain when I was in SoCal. I also find tornado season particularly exciting. I lived in Oregon for a few years and there was ONE thunderstorm. It was weird.
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    Nowhere even close to those. The central North American plains. Extremes are the norm, here. And it's not for nothing this is known as "the plains". It is that.
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    It would be interesting to project how "ideal" they are by 2100 though. That Western Australia with 50% less rain, another 5C warmer might not be such a nice place to live in. Sort of like how Southern California Coast is looking more like Baha.
    Yup. My own feeling is that Perth's water supply will be regarded in the future as an ignored canary in the coalmine signal that the rest of us should not have ignored. The inflows to their water catchments declined, in a very quick stepwise fashion, around 1970 - and ever since. The combination of reduced and erratic rainfall and increasingly dry soils and a lowering groundwater supply means that, without a lot of desal water, they're going to be in even worse condition pretty soon.

    If I lived there and wanted to say, I'd certainly be looking to move down to Margaret River or Bunbury - or Manjimup. Much more livable. In fact, the only thing that makes Perth livable in any summer is the "Fremantle doctor", the reliable cool breeze off the ocean that springs up every afternoon.
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    That would be "wanted to stay". (I can't edit at the moment.)
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    Some of those places already being effected by climate as well, Sardinia, a delightful place I was fortunately enough to visit for a few weeks in the 1990, is going to become much more subject to drying and Sahara winds over the next few decades.

    Not only that but most models predict tropical storms in the Mediterranean--a few hybrid storms are already starting.

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    My sister in San Diego sent me a picture in February and they were wearing shorts - freaking shorts! I had forgotten that most of the world is not up to their waste in snow. I was so jealous. Although, on the news I saw pictures of huge tumble weeds in Colorado. I thought, "Wow, that's just like Canada, only with a non-snow material blocking your drive way and trapping you inside your house!

    But for me the appeal of the seasons is watching things change. Moving to Canada has been like experiencing a min-ice age every year, in which the world is almost scraped clean by ice but some how manages to rebound spectacularly for 4 or 5 months. It's like living in two completely different worlds for a while. You can drive a truck on a lake during certain months.
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