Tuesday September 19th, 2012
The first big fall storm will sweep across the East Coast Tuesday with high wind, heavy rain, and thunderstorms. From Maine to Florida, nothing better than a PWI 5 and even four grid squares of PWI 1 on the peaks of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Vermont comes in at the bottom in this mess with a mean of only 3.9.
Despite the terrible weather on the East Coast, the mean for the nation remain pretty high at 7.4, thanks mainly to the Midwest. Nebraska and Kansas lead the way with some amazing weather expected. A large area of perfect 10’s in Nebraska from Burwell south to Franklin. Across the border in Kansas, Mankato and Hesston will be perfect as well. Some perfect 10’s even sneak across into northern Oklahoma as well.
From the Rockies west, clusters of perfect weather as well including many mountainous locations in New Mexico and Arizona. A couple picks here include Edgewood, New Mexico and Flaggstaff, Arizona. In California, Big Bear Lake, Santa Barbara, Lake Tahoe, and Santa Cruz. Heading north into the Pacific Northwest, most of the 10’s will be along the spine of the Coast and Cascade Mountains until you get to northern Washington. Some lowland picks here include: Sequim, Everett, and Bellingham. In the Cascades, I would like to point out Roslyn, Washington. This is where the 1990’s tv show Northern Exposure was filmed. A great show for it’s time! I still remember the first show in which the newly shocked and awed doctor from New York threw a complete and utter fit in his vehicle when he came to the realization of exactly where he was. And having lived in Alaska and met some really odd but self-sufficient people, the characters on the show were not that far off. Anyway, back to the perfect weather. Last stop is in Eastern Idaho where many little towns hit the perfect 10 including: Driggs, Ovid, and Auburn, Wyoming near the border.
Best 1 . Nebraska 2. Kansas 3. Idaho 4. Oklahoma 5. New Mexico
Worst 1. Alaska 2. Vermont 3. Maryland 4. New Hampshire 5. New York
Saturday September 8th, 2012
Almost the entire state of Iowa and Missouri will bask in PWI 9’s on Saturday as a cold front brings much cooler and drier air. This front is penetrating further south than any other this summer…a sign that we are heading into fall. Considering the amount of nice weather in the Midwest, not many perfect 10’s to be found. Only in northern North Dakota will there be perfect 10’s around Coteau and Norma. Most of the perfect weather will be in the West, especially the Rocky Mountain States. Some of the bigger towns with 10’s include: Fountain, Colorado…Limon, Colorado…Smoot, Wyoming…Boulder, Wyoming…Snyderville, Utah…Sharon, Idaho.
Best: 1. Iowa 2. Missouri 3. Wyoming 4. North Dakota 5. Illinois
Worst: 1. Alaska 2. Delaware 3. Maryland 4. New York 5. New Jersey
Stormy evening over Northern Vermont
While it was not a perfect 10 day by any stretch of the imagination here in Vermont on Sunday, it was a great evening for cloud viewing. This picture I took at sunset looking east over the Green Mountains near Bakersfield, Vermont. I had been photographing another location with limited results when I left to go home and saw this cumulonimbus in my rear view mirror. I immediately pulled over to get a better look and when I did, I knew I had to grab my tripod to get a shot. The natural scenery of Vermont makes the drama in the sky seem so peaceful.
Wednesday June 27th, 2012
After a very long period of “imperfect” weather in the Pacific Northwest, finally there will be a substantial number of perfect weather locations in that region. Overall, Oregon scores the highest with a mean of 9.0 and quite a few perfect 10’s, mainly east of the Cascade Mountains. Some of the towns with perfect 10’s include: Cascade Locks, Chiloquin, La Grande and Silver Falls State Park. Up in Washington, a couple large areas of perfect 10 west of Spokane near Grand Coulee Dam. More scattered perfect weather in California, Idaho and Montana. Some picks here include: Driggs, Idaho…Craters of The Moon, Idaho…and Hamilton, Montana. Also a few perfect 10’s in the high Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina.
Tropical storm Debby continues to provide Florida with the worst weather in the nation.
1. Oregon 1. Florida
2. Idaho 2. Maine
3. Washington 3. Kansas
4. West Virginia 4. Oklahoma
5. Pennsylvania 5. Vermont
Monday June 11th, 2012
After thinking more about what I posted yesterday about how the Perfect Weather Index model could be as much as two categories off and still yield a perfect 10, I decided to make some changes. Perfect weather should not come from averaging, it should come from what I strictly define as perfect. So rather than taking the mean of each of the criteria, I now sum all the point value. If it does not = 100, it’s not perfect…that is to say, a 99/100 is now treated at a 9 rather than rounded to a perfect 10. I expected less perfect 10’s on the map as a result, but there are actually more than I have ever seen. I’m not exactly sure why, but it could be that the weather is just so outstanding tomorrow.
As for the weather Monday, the West is best…mainly the Inter-mountain West. Utah comes in number one, followed closely by Nevada. New England will have another fine day, but the summer air is knocking on the door as temperatures and humidity begin to rise. Rain in the south keeps Georgia and South Carolina at the bottom.
So where are the most perfect locations? As I said there are quite a few so I’ll just throw out some select cities: Cornville, Maine…Wheatland, Wyoming…Salt Lake City, Utah…Twin Falls, Idaho…Wells, Nevada…Chemult, Oregon.
1. Utah 1. Georgia
2. Nevada 2. South Carolina
3. New Hampshire 3. North Daokta
4. Oregon 4. Ohio
5. Connecticut 5. Arkansas
May 23rd, 2012
The national Perfect Weather Index dips to 6.0 tomorrow. Rain and cold temperatures in the Northwest, and heat and high winds in the Midwest push the mean to the lowest point in weeks. Michigan is the place to be, but only with a rather low mean of 8.5. You can see on the map the heat and wind transported north to the Minneapolis area, followed closely by a cold front and nicer temperatures in the Dakotas. Much of California looks pretty good as well, apart from the desert areas. Only 135 perfect 10’s tomorrow out of 1.3 million, all of which are in California. My pick of the day will be Rancho Santa Marga in Southern Cali, though there may be a little fog early in the day. That will just help keep the temperatures right where they should be later in the day.
1. Michigan 1. Idaho
2. Maine 2. Washington
3. Indiana 3. Oregon
4. Vermont 4. Wyoming
5. New York 5. Montana
May 22nd, 2012
After a brilliant week last week, the weather this week has taken a nose-dive. Tomorrow, the mean perfect weather index is only 6.1 for the nation as a whole. The best weather will shift east a bit tomorrow with Illinois now looking to be the best in the country. They will also have the largest area of perfect 10’s with the center around Leland, Illinois.
With the large storm system coming into the Pacific Northwest, there are some really terrible PWI scores in that region. Having lived in Oregon for many years, I can safely say I do not miss the rain and cold, especially with summer so near! Washington scores a dismal 3.7. I would like to point out some really great weather in the interior of Alaska as a large area of PWI 9’s appears around the Fairbanks area tomorrow.
1. Illinois 1. Washington
2. Indiana 2. Idaho
3. Wisconsin 3. Oregon
4. Missouri 4. Montana
5. Michigan 5. South Dakota