Thursday October 4th, 2012
The perfect weather index is definitely off it’s peak which was an 8.0 mean for the nation in mid-September (Thursday 6.8). With cold air beginning to intrude from the north I think there is little doubt we won’t see 8.0 again until May or June. But that doesn’t mean perfect weather won’t exist, it won’t just be found in different places. Thursday will be the first day in quite a while when Tennessee tops the list. Not many perfect 10’s in the Volunteer State except right along the border of North Carolina. A few more perfect 10’s in far eastern Kentucky tomorrow including: Flint, Diane, and Pansy. A few in Virginia as well around Woodlawn and Floyd.
Out West, a pocket of 10’s in central Utah including Delta and Fruita. A few more showing up in Coastal California including: Shively, Myers Flat, Comptche, Anderson, Palo Alto, and Greenfield. A few in Southwest Oregon as well including: Drain, Coquille, Sutherlin and Oakland.
The storm in the Northern Rockies and Upper Midwest will usher in some really cold air into the West. Many locations will see there first hard freeze tonight. Some of the most vulnerable areas are: the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Treasure Valley in Idaho, all of Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota will see either a freeze or hard freeze. Much of Colorado except the far west and far east will see frost or freeze. In Utah from the Wasatch east will see freezing conditions as well.
Best: 1. Tennessee 2. Kentucky 3. West Virginia 4. Indiana 5. Nevada
Worst: 1. Minnesota 2. Alaska 3. North Dakota 4. South Dakota 5. Maine
Thursday June 28th, 2012
Summer weather is really beginning to affect the Perfect Weather Index…and not in a good way. The heat, humidity, and strong winds across the Midwest keep a large part of the country below PWI 6. The mean for the nation is down to 6.8. Florida is finally recovering after Tropical Storm Debby moves offshore into the Atlantic Ocean, but heat and humidity still remain. The best weather will again be in the Pacific Northwest, but there will be about 80% fewer perfect weather scores Thursday. Overall, Montana comes out on top, but with only a mean of 8.3. Most of the 10’s in Montana occur just above the valleys and therefore, do not have towns in them, but one location that does is Jackson, Montana. Some other picks include: Joseph, Oregon and Leggett, California.
1. Montana 1. Indiana
2. Oregon 2. Illinois
3. Vermont 3. Kansas
4. Idaho 4. Oklahoma
5. New York 5. Iowa
May 30th, 2012
Not a bad weather day expected across much of the nation with the notable exception of South Dakota where rain, wind, and cool temperatures will keep the Perfect Weather Index down to a mean of only 3.1. Indiana will see the best weather in the nation tomorrow (mean 8.2), but no perfect 10’s. The highest concentration of perfect 10’s tomorrow should be in Nevada in the higher elevations. My pick of the day is Lamoille, Nevada. A few other perfect 10’s also in the West scattered in the mountains of California, and near Erda, Utah. Heat and humidity are really starting to take toll on the index across the South from Texas to Florida.
1. Indiana 1. South Dakota
2. Nevada 2. Mississippi
3. Illinois 3. Oklahoma
4. Oregon 4. Florida
5. Ohio 5. Texas
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
May 21st, 2012
I enjoyed a perfect weather weekend on Cape Cod, so I have been neglecting the PWI map. It was worth it though as the temperatures were in the low 70s with lots of sunshine!My goal is one day to be able to automatically send the map to the web without me doing anything.
Today Iowa is the best in the nation with a mean of 9.0. They are followed closely by Missouri and Wisconsin. My pick today in Iowa is Decorah. In Wisconsin, I’d pick Eau Claire. The largest area of perfect 10’s is in northwest Missouri around Pattonsburg.
Washington State (mean 4.1) will be on the opposite end with a large storm hitting the Pacific Northwest.
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May 10th, 2012
Not quite as nice as yesterday with the mean PWI down just a hair (still a PWI 7), but another brilliant weather day for most of the country. There are two areas of perfect 10’s tomorrow May 10th, 2012. The first is in north-central Missouri around the town of Dalton. The second area lies along the border of Tennessee and Alabama. A couple of good picks here would be New Market, Tennessee and Woodville, Alabama. Overall, Missouri scores the best with an 8.98 followed closely by Illinois. Poor Maine just can’t catch a break this week and again has the lowest score (mean 3.3) and up to another inch of rain for parts of the state. Although, Montana will see the largest area of low PWI , only the far eastern plains prevents the entire state from being the low point in the country (mean 3.9). Surprisingly cold, wind, and wet in west Texas tomorrow produces some low scores there as well, though they really need the rain.
May 9th, 2012
Kind of a shock to see so much beautiful weather across the nation tomorrow, May 9th, 2012. Almost everyone will enjoy some of the best weather of the spring! The notable exceptions will be Maine (mean 4.1) where a very rainy storm will linger another day, and portions of Michigan (mean 4.8) where some showers and breezy conditions can be expected. From Kentucky to California and North Dakota to Texas, widespread PWI 8’s and 9’s. In fact, almost the entire state of Kansas will be a PWI 9 (mean=8.98). The mean for the nation is 7.2 which is well above anything I’ve seen yet.
Getting a 10 was harder than I expected so I adjusted the model just slightly in the area of cloud cover. So now, I allow up to 25% cloud cover and still receive full points. I figure a few cirrus clouds or fair weather cumulus won’t mar an already beautiful day. Today, while there are many more PWI 10’s on the map, they only represent 0.0008% of the well over 1 million grid points. Out of the 10’s on the map, Utah has the most but few have a city in them. My pick here is Altonah, Utah. One of the largest concentration of 10’s is in southwest Oklahoma. A great one here is Acme, Oklahoma. Enjoy spring everyone!