Evaporative Cooling, Weather

Weather, Climate, and Evaporative Cooling

The weather (temperature and humidity) has a significant impact on the performance of evaporative cooling technologies.

Below are several websites that can be used to find local weather information for many places throughout the world. This weather information can be input into the Evaporative Cooling Decision Making Tool created by D-Lab to determine the suitability of evaporative cooling technologies. 

Weatherbase

http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/countryall.php3
Depending on the information available, you can use either:
1) The “Average Relative Humidity”
or
2) The average of the “Average Evening Relative Humidity” and the “Average Morning Relative Humidity”

World Meteorological Organization

http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html (temperature data only)

Koppen Climate Classification

The Koppen climate classification map shown below gives an overview of regions in the world where hot and dry climates are present:
“Dry-Desert-Hot summer” climates (BWh represented in red)
and
“Dry-Steppe-Hot summer” climates (BSh represented in orange)
 
Also see http://hanschen.org/koppen/ for more information