Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State. Chicago is the Windy City. International Falls, Minnesota has been called the Icebox of the Nation. Wherever we call home, we like to think it’s unique, even down to the weather. But as our interactive map shows, many places across the globe share the same climate.
Just enter your address, or click any place in the world, and prepare to be thunderstruck. Start with where you live to see its climate equivalents. Then keep clicking. You’ll be surprised to discover places in the U.S. that are climate twins with regions of Africa—or to learn that much of the coastline of South America is polar tundra (just like the coastline of Greenland).
What's Your Type?
The climate is the prevailing weather—such as rainfall and temperature—for a particular place over time. Climatologists describe five major climate types: tropical, dry, mild temperate, snow, and polar. Our interactive map, based on the KÃ¶ppen climate classification, gets even more specific by showing major climate types around the globe along with descriptive subtypes based on rainfall pattern.
You may know a lot about where you live, but do you know your city or state’s climate type—or where it’s shared around the world?
Many identical twins have opposite personalities. The same could be said for climate doppelgÃ¤ngers located around the world with near-identical weather patterns. For example, if you click on Los Angeles, you’ll see it has a mild temperate climate with a dry summer, just like some parts of southern Australia.
No matter the month, however, the Southern and Northern hemispheres always experience different seasons. Australia has its summer in the months of December, January and February. While the atmospheric conditions in parts of Australia might be identical to those in parts of the U.S., it’s possible these places are experiencing the same kind of weather at different times.
Here’s something else that’s flipped: Take a map of the U.S. and turn it upside down over a map of Australia, and you’ll see they’re a lot alike.
Perth, Australia, and Tijuana, Mexico, may be over 9,000 miles apart, but when it comes to their weather patterns, you’d never know it. With their regularly mild temperatures and dry, hot summers, Tijuana and Perth are known for their outdoor beach activities and clear, beautiful waters. With warm temperatures and beautiful sights, these climate twin cities may just have been separated at birth.
They even celebrate a culture of drinks and spirits, although Perth's specialty speaks to more lovers of wine, while Tijuana keeps it simple with iconic brews. Regardless of which option tickles your fancy, or which side of the world you might happen to be on, you’re bound to find the same climate in either of these ocean-view cities.
Some of our doppelgÃ¤ngers have so much in common it's hard to tell them apart.
Our next set of sisterly cities have a bit less in common. New York City and Buenos Aires, Argentina, may be worlds apart in some ways (or at the very least, 5,000 miles), but their weather patterns give residents in either city something familiar to talk about. Generally, mild temperatures that are contrasted by fully humid and hot summers bring these North and South American cities together in a unique way.
While Buenos Aires may be Argentina's title cosmopolitan city, it doesn't exactly hold its own against New York City, the Capital of the World. With nearly three times as many residents, New York City sees another 58 million visitors every year as one of the world's top tourist destinations.
But still, like their mirror imaged weather patterns, the top must-do lists for these beautiful, balmy cities feature museums, food and shows among their favorite attractions. Maybe they have more in common than their weather after all.
Ocean Views to Mountaintops
Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile, also come up as climate twins, according to the KÃ¶ppen Classification data we looked at.
While the City of Angels may be home to the rich and famous Hollywood elite (and the iconic Hollywood sign), the mild temperatures and warm, dry summers of LA are a perfect match for the weather found in Santiago, Chile.
Not everything about these weather companions is identical, though. Shopping on the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills may not exactly be the same experience as shopping in the busy markets of the Pueblito de Los Dominicos, but sitting outside for lunch at Pink’s Hot Dogs should feel just as nice as a meal at Santiago’s Bocanariz. Just don’t expect to run into Betty White at Bocanariz.
No two climate doppelgÃ¤ngers could be more different (or further apart geographically) than the islands of the Bahamas and the city of Madurai, India. With over 9,000 miles between these two remote sections of the planet, their similarly tropical savannas and dry winters may be some of the only things that connect them.
The Bahamas may be a vacation destination and favorite stop for cruises traversing the Atlantic Ocean, but Madurai probably won’t make it onto any aquatic travel itineraries anytime soon. Known as the Athens of the East, this historical Hindu city boasts more sacred and religious sites than it does sandy beaches and fruity drinks. Still, despite some of their cultural differences, their weather patterns are like old friends who’ve fallen into the same routines.
The coastal paradise of Melbourne, Australia, and the City of Lights in Paris, France, come together on our list despite being over 10,000 miles apart.
Their atmosphere and ambiance may have their differences, but the weather is mostly the same. Mild temperatures throughout the year, combined with warm and humid summers, provide the same climate whether you’re riding to the top of the Eiffel Tower or exploring the beautiful terrain and wildlife offered in the southern parts of Australia.
These markedly different cities show us just how similar and small our planet can be. From the most Western parts of Europe to the Southern lands of Australia, we breathe the same air, sometimes even at the same temperatures.
The white snows of Toronto, Canada, and the equally cold flurries of Moscow, Russia, bring these two chilly cities together like twins separated at birth.
Nearly 5,000 miles apart, you’ll find the same snowy terrains followed by warm, humid summers in Canada and Russia. While those who live in these cities may (mostly) speak a different language, enjoy different food, or celebrate different cultures, their weather patterns bring them together—sister cities across the Atlantic Ocean.
While nearly complete opposites geographically, Seattle, Washington, and Cape Town, South Africa, are another pair of our paralleled weather locations.
With mild temperatures across most seasons and a warm, dry summer, Seattle and Cape Town share similar temperatures and similar vibes. From their local, neighborhood feel to open space markets and cultural museums, these two popular cities might be over 10,000 miles apart, but their people and weather have more in common than you might think.
The Tip of the Iceberg
Finding climate twins is not just for kicks, it’s a great way to begin learning about our planet and the ways weather patterns impact all of us. Today, researchers are studying shared climates around the world in search of meaningful connections, ones that could help explain what’s in store for our planet as climates shift and change.
Just as doppelgÃ¤ngers (people who look uncannily identical) remind us that as human beings, we’re connected in ways we don’t fully understand, climate doppelgÃ¤ngers remind us that the regions of our amazing Earth are all connected as one living planet.
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We collected KÃ¶ppen Climate Classifications across the globe over the past 100 years in latitude and longitude coordinates. To match geographical locations, we took country shapefiles in Python to see which country each point was located in.
“Percentage of Country” is based on the percentage of geocoordinates within each country’s borders that match a particular climate. A country is counted as having a climate as long as one coordinate within the border matches the classification.
Distance between cities is the direct distance in miles calculated by distancefromto.net. To find the elevation of cities and to control for drastic elevation changes, we looked at maps from floodmap.net that use generated elevation information from NASA's 90m resolution SRTM data. On the maps, we looked at the most dominant color ranges and averaged them together to get an estimated average elevation of the city as a whole.
Research and graphics courtesy www.SaveOnEnergy.com.