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Who Puts Chili In Spaghetti?

Saturday September 15th, 2012

Sunday September 16th, 2012

What can I say about this weekend? Spectacular! Almost everyone will enjoy a PWI 8 or better at least one day this weekend. In fact, Saturday is a new record high for the Perfect Weather Index with a national  mean of 7.9. One day, maybe we’ll see an 8.0, but not Sunday as it drops down to 7.6 mainly due to a strong front invading from Canada.

The best weather on Saturday will be in Ohio with a huge area of perfect 10’s surrounding Cincinnati. Which brings me to something peculiar I learned about the area’s cuisine after living in nearby Kentucky. Chili and spaghetti? Oh yes, it’s real and so is that mound of cheese on top.  Pictures if the 3-way which is spaghetti, covered with chili and topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese. You can also get 4-way with onions or 5-way with onions and red beans.

There will be other perfect 10’s on the map Saturday, but none as yummy as Cincinnati. Most numerous will be in New Mexico and the mountains of Arizona. Also, upstate Wisconsin and areas south of Detroit, Michigan.

Marion Forks, Oregon

As I said, not nearly as nice on Sunday, but still quite a few 10’s. One at the intersection of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. The rest mainly scattered around the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Marion Forks, Oregon is a good pick here. Incidentally, there is a rather large fish hatchery in Marion Forks (and little else) where you feed rainbow trout and see spawning salmon.

Something else I should mention is the terrible storm up in Alaska (yes another one). The area around Anchorage is prone to high winds due to the channeling effects of the Turnagain Arm. The forecast is for possible gusts to 100 mph. And with rain and cold temperatures, certainly deserving of the PWI 1 in the forecast.

Saturday                                                             Sunday       

    Best                   Worst                                 Best                   Worst

1. Ohio                       1. Alaska                                        1. New Jersey        1. Alaska
2. Indiana                 2. Florida                                      2. Delaware             2. Louisiana
3. Delaware              3. Louisiana                                 3. Indiana                3. Mississippi
4. Illinois                  4. Maine                                        4. Connecticut      4. Florida
5. New Jersey         5. Arkansas                                  5. Rhode Island    5. Alabama



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Best Weekend Weather Since June

Saturday August 18th, 2012

Sunday August 19th, 2012

This will be the best weekend in the nation since June. The mean breaks 7 for the first time since June with 7.1 on Saturday and 7.3 on Sunday. Widespread perfect 10’s on Saturday with more than 20,000 sq miles of perfection. This drops down to just over 2,000 sq miles on Sunday even though the mean is higher than Saturday.  Vermont appears in the top 2 on both Saturday and Sunday so this is the overall winner for the weekend.


Incredible weather for almost the entire northern half of the country. The best weather will be in Ohio and streak of perfect 10’s shows up in the state from Delware, Ohio west to Muncie, Indiana. Quite a few perfect 10’s in the Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York including my house! I will provide a full report tomorrow on how awesome it was. Some other location in the are will include Champain, New York…Plattsburgh, New York…and Rutland, Vermont. Champlain, New York is home to the largest McIntosh apple orchard in the country at Chazy Orchard. From Wikipedia: Every McIntosh apple has a direct lineage to a single tree discovered in 1796 by John McIntosh on his farm in Dundela, a hamlet near Morrisburg, in Dundas County, Ontario, Canada. He discovered the tree as one of 20 apple seedlings while clearing the farm, which he had just purchased. He transplanted the seedlings, cultivated them, and only one of them was still alive by 1830. The surviving apple tree lived until 1909. The oldest surviving descendant died on July 25, 2011. Anyway, out in Western New York, Batavia will also be a perfect 10. Further south, Binghamton, New York and Milan, Pennsylvania will be perfect.

More scattered perfect weather out West, but mainly concentrated in Wyoming. Much of Yellowstone National Park will see 10’s as well as many areas around Laramie, Wyoming. Next door in Colorado a good pick is Yamapa.

Best           1. Ohio 2. Vermont 3. Indiana 4. Wyoming 5. North Dakota
Worst       1. Alaska 2. Louisiana 3. Texas 4. Florida 5. Mississippi


Perfect weather will diminish and become more disjointed on Sunday. Much of the improvement in the national mean will come from the Pacific Northwest where the recent heat wave will abate. Minnesota will come in with the highest mean just barely ahead of Vermont. Almost all the perfect 10’s will be in Wyoming including: Buford, Albany, and many mountain locations. Just on the other side of the border in Colorado: Four Corners, Rustic, and Red Feather Lakes. There will also be a few perfect 10’s in far western South Dakota around Mystic and on the west side of Mt. Rushmore.  Buford, Wyoming by the way was founded in 1866, during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in Wyoming. At its peak, the town boasted a population of 2000. Don Sammons moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son. In 1992, he purchased the town. His wife died in 1995, and his son moved away around 2007, making him Buford’s only resident.The town, consisting of a convenience store, gas station, and modular home on 4 hectares (9.9 acres) of land, was put up for sale after Sammons decided to move closer to his son. The town was put up for auction on April 5, 2012, with the highest bid of $900,000 by two unidentified Vietnamese men.

Best           1.Minnesota 2. Vermont 3. Nebraska 4. New Hampshire 5. Iowa
Worst       1. Alaska 2. Louisiana 3. Florida 4. Texas 5. Mississippi

Have a great weekend!


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A Tale Of Two States: Idaho Vs. Montana

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

Idaho/Montana Close-up

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

Sequim, Washington

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.
   Best                     Worst

1. Ohio                         1. Alaska
2. Washington         2. Oklahoma
3. Michigan               3. Texas
4. Idaho                      4. Kansas
5. West Virginia       5. Florida

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Dramatic Improvement In The Nation’s Weather Wednesday

June 6th, 2012

Wednesday June 6th, 2012

The national mean Perfect Weather Index will improve dramatically tomorrow (mean 6.5) as the storm in the West loosens it’s grip. The worst weather be will confined to the mountains of northern Idaho and western Montana. The Great Lake states will continue their stretch of nice weather, though it will shift east a bit as Ohio should be the best tomorrow. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the mean for Alaska reaches 6.0 for the first time this spring! There will even be a few PWI 9’s in far northwest Alaska around Noatak.

Quite a few perfect 10’s on the map tomorrow and in some more unusual places. Most notably is an area in eastern Wisconsin. My pick of the day is Jackson, Wisconsin. Another unusual area to see perfect 10’s is in Wyoming. A large area appears at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains from Greybull to Worland. Some other perfect 10’s to mention tomorrow includes: Axial, Colorado…Helper, Utah…Hawthorne, Nevada…and Peanut, California. Yes, there’s a Peanut! Look it up.

Best               Worst

1. Ohio                 1. Florida
2. Michigan       2. Louisiana
3. Wisconsin     3. Idaho
4. Indiana          4. Texas
5. Illinois            5. Washington

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