Help, I want to choose a great place to retire, I need to compare 100 cities, how do I find the annual precipitation for any city on the planet quickly?
I am making a list of the 100-200 best places to hangout on the planet. I hate to use the words "Live abroad." or "Retire Abroad." People get extremely anal with these terms, hanging out is really the best term, it is what is the most enjoyable. And, why would you retire in a place that is not fun to hangout?
Traveler weather is a pain in the butt!
Tourists want to know the best season to go visit a place, that information can be be found at the public library, go read a Lonely Planet Guidebook, and look for when to go. The time they recommend to go, is normally the time I avoid going, but truly I do not pay attention very well, I just deal with things better than normal folks.
If you wanted to retire, you need to know the annual precipitation.
Why? It would be horrible to go visit place, have no rain for five months, buy a house, then have six months of solid monsoons, in a way, there are part of Goa, that may be like that, everyone leaves the beach.
The only good metric is annual, then I can compare all cities on my list quicker, and hopefully one day, we can give search help, the greater than, or less then seaches > or < - and others (Girls, Beach, Work, Cheap etc.)
I love Lago Atitlan, in Guatemala it is at 1500 meters elevation above sea level and truly a perfect climate. I went to Baguio, Philippines because it too is at around 1500 meters, but it was raining too much, I went over to Bwang to the beach to avoid rain, but maybe I was wrong, maybe there is a better non-rain season when I would hang out, but not live... or something like that. I have never been to Vilcabamba, just does not feel to be convenient, I want to go to Boquete, Panama, and again not so convenient, but all should have ideal climates.
Lago Atitlan, Guatemala 1,533 metres - 5,029 feet
Baguio, Philippines 1,500 meters - 4,921 feet
Vilcabamba, Ecuador 1560 Meters - No Data yet
Help, there has to be an easy way to collect annual precipitation data?
I need "Annual Average Precipitation" for this List of Cities.
I want to know how much water falls on each of these specific cities, in a way, the amount of rain on a country is maybe wanted. But the huge mistake retirement people make is to look at country data, this truly just is not good. For example, if you entered a ghetto of New York City, you would say the whole country is violent. Same for weather, move from the ocean to the mountain to the desert in Peru and you have huge changes.
My Present List of Prospects February 2012
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Alajuela., Costa Rica
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Angeles City, Philippines
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Atenas, Costa Rica
Bay Islands, Honduras
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Canary Islands, Canary Island
Cape Coast, Ghana
Cape Town, South Africa
Cebu City, Philippines
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Costa Del Sol, Spain
Dal Lake (Himachal Pradesh), India
Davao City, Philippines
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Dunedin, New Zealand
El Bolson, Argentina
El Bolsón, Río Negro, Argentina
Formentera., Spain Island Close to Ibiza
Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast / Cote d'Ivoire
Haida Gwaii, Canada
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Hong Kong, China
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Isla Margarita, Venezuela
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuwait City, Kuwait
La Paz, Bolivia
Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Lake Chapala, Mexico
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Lombok, , Indonesia Island
Luang Prabang, Laos
Maldives, Maldives Islands
Malta, Europe Island Nation
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Munnar, Kerala India
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nong Khai, Thailand
Pahoa, Hawai'i., Hawaii
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Pondicherry (city), India
Prague, Czech Republic
Puerto Montt, Chile
Punta Cana , Dominican Republic
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Rosarito Beach, Mexico Baja
Saint Vincent & Grenadines , Islands
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
San Cristobal las Casas, Mexico
San Jose Costa Rica, Costa Rica
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Mexico
Seoul, South Korea
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sosua, Dominican Republic
Subic Bay , Philippines
Tel Aviv, Israel
Triconomole, Sri Lanka
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Udon Thani, Thailand
Ulam Batar, Mongolia
Vanuatu, Island Nation South Pacific Ocean.
My Future Plans for Retirement
I am not going to retire in a buy a home sense, in fact, I think buy a home outside the USA is really stupid. I can rent 500,000 homes for 500 USD per month and not pay for the animal, but enjoy, this is truly easy to do worldwide at any big expat colony.
But, as you can already see, I go back to places, and Lago Atitlan, Guatemala is one of them. It is because of the climate, and the happy people. But in reality, I cannot handle the place more than about three months. Therefore after 14 years of living abroad, I know to enjoy my life, I need about 4-8 places to hang out year. I would go to some only at certain times, and others when I am tired or have cultural fatigue.
But to choose a place for 3-6 months, I need to know a little more about the rain, and going to Paris or Russia is scary, I cannot really think of any good reason to retire above about 30 degrees latitude, lower subtropics.
Well, I hope someone knows of a good website, where I can type in the name, country, it probably auto-completed, and on the page with a CTRL F, I can find annual precipitation for the above list of cities quickly.
I hope to include this in book, about to be done, but always a small detail arises because I am truly see the world globally with this project.
Andy Lee Graham in Montellano, Dominican Republic near Sousa, so the page for this place is: http://www.mysosua.com
Disfruta la dia
I found this site after, with the number of Rain Days on this one, but just does not have many cities on the planet to make my life easy.
I gave you the list of cities becauese this is easy to do for the USA, so you have to change your mind set and think global.