American cities in Europe

As I’ve mentioned before, Europeans tend to think that most American cities are located much further north than they actually are (because we don’t take into account the effects of the Gulf Stream).

To illustrate this, I’ve tried to place a few cities of the US and Canada on a map of Europe:

In general, US cities are on the same latitude as Spain, Italy, Greece and northern Africa, while Canadian cities would be placed in Germany and France. Only Alaska really is far north.

PS: If you want to do what I did, search for a place name in Google Maps, right-click on the “A” icon and select “What’s here?”; the coordinates will now appear in the search bar, and you can replace the longitude number with a European value (between -10 and 40).

Comments

  1. So true – when I went to New York at the beginning of October I packed jeans and an autumn jacket – had I been headed for Lisbon at the same time of the year I’d have gone for summer trousers and and lighter jacket. I was more than surprised and uncomfortable to find every day in NY around 28 degrees!

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