Thursday July 12th, 2012
Oddly, Thursday looks like a great day at many parks. The highest state mean will be back in Vermont again, but with only a few perfect 10’s. One of the perfect 10’s will be at Underhill State Park at the foot of the Green Mountains. Some other perfect 10’s show up in Wisconsin at Point Beach State Park along Lake Michigan and at Outer Island which is part of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The most 10’s occur in Washington State tomorrow and a few towns fall in these spots. One is Blaine, the last town before going over the border to Canada on Interstate 5. In the San Juan Islands of Washington, Friday Harbor will be perfect as well. Again though, most perfect 10’s are in parks such as North Cascades National Park…Mount Rainier NP…and Olympic NP. In Oregon, a few spots around Mt. Hood including Welches and White River appear as 10’s. So which National Park will have the best weather tomorrow? Apostle Islands…see the list below.
Best Worst Best National Parks
1. Vermont 1. Mississippi 1. Apostle Islands
2. Rhode Island 2. Alabama 2. North Cascades
3. Massachusetts 3. Florida 3. Mount Rainier
4. New Hampshire 4. South Carolina 4. Boston Harbor Islands
5. Michigan 5. Georgia 5. Cape Code Seashore
May 12th, 2012
The best weather of the entire spring may be this weekend…you’re welcome Mom! The mean for the country on Saturday is a brilliant 7.4, but as I said yesterday, 7.6 on Mother’s Day. Maryland and Washington DC will see the best weather tomorrow with a mean of 9.0. After a terrible work week, Maine will finally recover with some great weather this weekend (mean 7.1). Maryland may have the highest mean Saturday, but the West will have the most perfect 10’s. The highest concentration of perfect weather will be in eastern Washington. The best pick is Lamona, Washington. A few other towns with perfect 10 scores: Sanders, Montana…Rome, Oregon…Mountain Home, Idaho…Elmo, Utah. A few showers and cool temperature give Colorado the lowest score (mean 4.8), but that’s really not too bad.
I love national parks. In fact, I was at Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho during April. The weather was perfect and the scenery was amazing. It’s one of my favorite national parks because it’s not very crowded most of the time and it has a very unique landscape. So, I thought today I would apply the PWI to all of America’s national parks. Here are the top ten National Parks with the best weather Saturday. They all scored a PWI 9, except Sunset Crater in Arizona which scored 9.5. The lowest was Florissant Fossil Beds in Colorado with a PWI of 3.
- Sunset Crater – Arizona
- Anacostia Park – Washington DC
- Antietam – Maryland
- Apamatox Courthouse – Virginia
- Baltimore Washington Parkway – Maryland
- Bluestone – West Virginia
- Cape Hatteras – North Carolina
- Cape Lookout – North Carolina
- Catoctin Mountain Park – Maryland
- Cedar Creek & Belle Grove – Virginia