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Climate Metric

- Sun, 01 Jan 2017 23:14:21 EST VjvGmScF No.78431
File: 1483330461439.jpg -(18218B / 17.79KB, 529x163) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Climate Metric
Imagine you have a big list of cities and wanted to concisely get an idea of what the weather is like over there.
If conciseness and speed wasn't a problem, you could look at a graph like that for each city, but that's not feasible.

So what metrics would you need to accurately capture the climate of that area? Less is better, so all I can think of is: average lowest temp, average highest temp.
Any other ideas?
Phoebe Sirrydock - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:53:56 EST 6+KMGshk No.78432 Reply
you'll want to look at variance (i.e. how much temperature varies away from mean values). This plus the mean temp at a given season will give you more accurate ino than average low and high. Then look at anything else you care about: incidence of tornadoes, rain etc etc. I'd use something like Mathematica or matlab to do this (this is supa ez). If I was dead broke and not in academia I would find the data from NASA and run some python scripts over it (this is would be a big pain in the azz).
Reuben Heggleshaw - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:40:02 EST VjvGmScF No.78435 Reply
Cool Ive got a wolfram API
Lets see if they can give temperature variance...
trypto - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:12:26 EST ltcKYWSL No.78439 Reply
You could use the python package BeautifulSoup to scrape wikipedia city pages. They have some data on a shitload of cities, and the formatting is fairly standard.
trypto - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:56:35 EST ltcKYWSL No.78440 Reply
Just noticed OP probably wants time series. So wiki is no help there.
Esther Sarringlane - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:37:23 EST zsw9I8fO No.78450 Reply
No I don't really want the time series, I just want to know what the weather's like!
trypto - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:31:50 EST ltcKYWSL No.78451 Reply
Oh, then I think page-scraping wikipedia is worth exploring.
Ernest Gagglehood - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:13:59 EST sGpcPJT1 No.78452 Reply
This is mostly me signalling my relevant degrees, but climates is long-term af weather be short-term. People already measure dat shit mane.
Angus Billingbury - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:28:18 EST zsw9I8fO No.78454 Reply
If you were to go about building a "climate score" for every city such that you could simply compare based on temperature alone, how would you do it?!?!?>
Barnaby Samblewell - Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:52:43 EST Q+12w2DB No.78464 Reply
>how do i climate


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