Climate Finder: find places based on temperature and other data

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 21, 2020

What is the nearest country that has an average of 20 degrees Celsius in the Winter months? How about cities with good air quality in Summer, a specific humidity, cities in Asia that are mild to warm all year round, or cities that are warm, have comfortable humidity and clean air in Summer?

While it is possible to open weather sites and look at historical data for certain places or countries, the data is usually limited to one specific place or country.

Climate Finder is a service that attempts to change that. The idea behind the service is simple but interesting: search for certain metrics that you can combine across the entire world using historical weather information.

Just open the site to get started. There you find listed the selection options at the top. Pick a criteria -- temperature, humidity, rain, air quality or the service's Nomad count -- a time period -- month or Summer/Winter/All Year -- and enter minimum and maximum values. You may search worldwide or limit searches to specific continents. You can leave the minimum or maximum field empty as well, e.g, to find all places with at least 16 degrees Celsius.

You may combine filters, e.g. temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius and less than 20mm rain per month. Options to switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit and to change the currency (does not appear to be used by Climate Finder) are provided.

Climate finder lists up to 100 cities that match the selected climate criteria. What is great about the listing is that you get all climate criteria displayed for the entire year (averages) so that you can check quickly if another month may be more appropriate for a stay.

The data is color coded to help users further. Air quality ranges from green (clean) to red (bad) and the other climate criteria use a similar system as visual indicators.

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Climate Finder is a useful service for travelers and especially for planning vacation trips as it provides you with a list of target locations based on climate criteria that you enter.

I wish that it would provide additional options, e.g. let you specify a starting location in the world and limit results based on distance, or to include parameters such as proximity to the sea or ocean, or snow precipitation.

All in all though, it is an excellent starting point if you want to research vacation locations based on region and climate criteria.

Now you: how do you plan vacations?

Climate Finder: find places based on temperature and other data
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Climate Finder: find places based on temperature and other data
Climate Finder is a free web service to find places in the world that match certain climate criteria, e.g. temperature or air quality, that you specify.
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  1. Franck said on January 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Awesome, thanks !

  2. George P. Burdell said on January 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    > Now you: how do you plan vacations?

    Being retired, I no longer get vacations. Working people are not warned of this, but once retired you will inherit an endless list of household chores that will get you wondering how you ever had time to work!

    Nevertheless, here is a site specially aimed at those who are traveling to a holiday destination world-wide:

    If you are heading to an airport, here is a lovely map showing all USA airport delays:

  3. Anonymous said on January 21, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I’m moving!

    I don’t know how accurate this is.
    I wanted to find a place that went to freezing (0 C, 32F) in the winter in North America and it returned locations in Canada and northern latitudes of the U.S.A. that go way below freezing in the winter.

    e.g., it says it goes to 32 degrees in Toronto
    Canada in January, but in fact it goes much lower there according to the Wikipedia.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 21, 2020 at 9:57 am

      I think that is the average for the month, not the minimum.

  4. Anon said on January 21, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Actually, this is awesome. Such a simple, yet so powerful idea.

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