The Perfect Climate Index, Take I

What is the ideal climate? After having recently experienced the silky sensual feeling of low day-night temperature difference (here), I’m adding it together with a bunch of usual suspects – high T max, long sunshine hours, litle precipitation – to form a composite measure of good weather: the Perfect Climate Index (PCI).

I’m testing the PCI on Switzerland, a country not exactly known as a weather paradise. All the more important to find the occasional dry and warm spot! Continue reading


The nicest place to live in Switzerland

Last December, I discovered the secret of a perfect climate. Yes, I already knew: warm weather, little rain, and lots of sunshine. But when I spent some time on the Canary Islands – wow! – I experienced the bliss of mild days segueing into only minmally less mild nights. Twenty-three degrees during the day, 20° at night. Barely a difference!

But how about my own country? People in Switzerland (“Swissies”‘, as P. calls them) mostly think of the weather as a punishment. Wouldn’t it be great to find some relief from the dreary reality of cool days with gray skies? Might there be, somewhere within the borders of this little nation, a mild spot of low temperature variance?

After puzzling over these questions for a while, I decided to embark on an epic journey to find the answer. Continue reading