Salt Lake City, Utah is the place to be on Memorial Day as perfect 10 weather can be expected. This good weather extends into Idaho and Nevada. Overall, Utah will have the highest mean at 8.8, while New Hampshire will definitely be the worst at 2.7. In fact, all of New England will see poor weather for the holiday.
Best: 1. Utah 2. Nevada 3. Idaho 4. West Virginia 5. Washington
Worst: 1. New Hampshire 2. Rhode Island 3. Massachusetts 4. Vermont 5. Minnesota
A four-way tie for first on Sunday with Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Vermont all having a mean score of 8.8. Technically, Idaho is the winner because it has the most number of perfect 10s including Idaho Falls and Pocatello. Heat, humidity, and thunderstorms make for the worst weather in the South. Although, Alaska has the worst mean of 4.9 but parts of the state will see nice weather including the Panhandle and the interior.
Best: 1. Idaho 2. Nevada 3. Utah 4. Vermont 5. Oregon
Worst: 1. Alaska 2. Louisiana 3. Mississippi 4. Alabama 5. Tennessee
Idaho tops the Perfect Weather Index for the first time this year on Tuesday. As we move toward summer, the best weather is shifting north as heat and humidity lowers the PWI across the southern tier states. Even in Idaho tomorrow, much of the perfect weather will be at higher elevations in places like Stanley, ID. Also 10s across parts of Montana including Billings and Bozeman. Worst weather tomorrow in Minnesota, unless you count Alaska which looks unusually poor.
Not a lot of perfect weather Wednesday except for parts of central California. This includes Oroville, site of the serious dam issues earlier this spring at Oroville Dam. A cold snowy storm in the Rockies leaves that region squarely at the bottom. Much of the east will actually be too warm to get high PWI ratings as a big high pressure make things warm and sticky.
Best: 1. Rhode Island 2. Maine 3. New Hampshire 4. Massachusetts 5. Connecticut
Worst: 1. Idaho 2. Utah 3. Montana 4. South Dakota 5. North Dakota
Sunday September 2nd, 2012
Very nice late summer weather in the two northern corners of the country on Sunday with what’s left of Isaac sandwiched in between. Oregon will come out on top with a mean of 8.8 and a large portion of the perfect 10’s. In the suburbs of Portland, Sellwood, Sherwood, Sunnyside and Clackamas will be perfect 10’s. Down the coast range: Buell, Falls City, and Burn Woods will be perfect as well. Over in the Cascades: Detroit, Marion Forks, and Hills Creek Reservoir. Up in Washington: Conconully, Clayton, and Pullman. Quite a few in Idaho as well including: Hope, St. Maries, Moscow, Reubens, and Stanley. A line of perfect 10’s down the Sierra Nevada Mountains including: Lasen National Park, Sierra City, Lake Spaulding, Blue Canyon, Tahoe City, Kyburz, Bodie, and Mammoth Lakes. In the Bay Area, Oakland is one of the largest cities to make the list in a while.
What’s left of Isaac will hold the national mean down to 6.7 as parts of The South and even the Great Lakes now get the rain from the former hurricane.
My featured perfect 10 site today is Stanley, Idaho. I have a personal connection with this town as it is the first place I ever saw a bald eagle. My family went on a long camping trip out West when I was about 13 years old. Stanley is at the foot of the Sawtooth Range and is one of the most remote location I have been to. Anyone looking for a true Western wilderness experience should head to Stanley. It only has a population of 63 so don’t expect a lot of services.
Best 1. Oregon 2. Idaho 3. Vermont 4. New York 5. Rhode Island
Worst 1. Alaska 2. Tennessee 3. Kentucky 4. Indiana 5. Alabama
Thursday August 23rd, 2012
A great string of weather in the Northeast the last few days will continue into Thursday. The Pacific Northwest rivals New England for best weather with two states in the top 5. In Vermont, a few perfect 10 locations such as West Bridgewater and Wallingford.
Out West, the highest number of perfect 10’s will be in California just inland from the coast. Philo, Gueneville (which seems to appear a lot), Novato, Woodside, Corralitos, and Refugio Beach. Scattered 10’s also appear in the mountains of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The only towns in this group is Prichard and Murray, Idaho. A few in Wyoming and Montana as well.
Murray, Idaho 1888
In 1882, A.J. Prichard discovered gold on Prichard Creek. Word of this gold strike on a tributary of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River spread like wildfire, and by 1885 more than 10,000 people had traveled to the gold fields in hopes of cashing in on the gold rush. Murray, Idaho established itself as the central city of what was the last great mining stampede in the Lower 48, and became the Cradle City of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District.
Murray, Idaho today
Check out the Sprag Pole Museum if you’re ever in Murray. A sprag pole is named after the supporting poles once needed to help hold up the wooden walls in hard winters.
Best 1. Vermont 2. Idaho 3. Pennsylvania 4. New York 5. Oregon
Worst 1. Kansas 2. Oklahoma 3. Alaska 4. Texas 5. Florida
Wednesday August 15th, 2012
Something a little unusual tomorrow as a cold front sweeps down the east side of the Rockies in Montana. Rain and much cooler weather is on tap and a large area of PWI 3’s and 4’s will occur with even a few PWI 2’s in the mountains. One such location is just north of Lincoln, Montana. What’s interesting is that this location is only about 100 miles from a PWI 10 in North-Central Idaho just east of Lowell, Idaho. Overall, Idaho will be 4th best in the nation, while Montana comes in a 40th. This is an excellent example of how terrain and mountains separate different air masses.
Across the entire country the PWI will slip a little. Ohio
comes out on top as the best weather shifts east out of Wisconsin. A few 10’s in the UP of Michigan again, but this time a little further east around Macinac Island. Otherwise, the perfect scores will be exclusive to Idaho, Washington and Oregon. A few 10’s out West include: Red River Hot Springs, Idaho…Warren, Idaho…Clallam Bay, Washington…and Sequim, Washington (the ‘e’ is silent by the way). Sequim is an interesting place as it sits on the lee side of the Olympic Mountains, which is known as a temperate rainforest. Sequim however, because of the rain shadow, only receives about 16
inches of rain per year…roughly on par with Los Angeles. Forks, Washington on the windward side, receives well over 100 inches per year! Olympicrainshadow.com has an excellent breakdown of the rainfall amounts in the region. One of the side benefits of having this sort of climate means that it’s an excellent place to grow lavender.
1. Ohio 1. Alaska
2. Washington 2. Oklahoma
3. Michigan 3. Texas
4. Idaho 4. Kansas
5. West Virginia 5. Florida