Perfect 10s in several states including Vermont, New York, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Some of the best weather in Burlington, VT and the the suburbs of Chicago and Milwaukee. Overall though, Michigan comes out as the best state and Florida by two categories, the worst. Incidentally, this is one of the highest means for the entire country (7.4) of the entire year thus far.
Best: 1. Michigan 2. Vermont 3. Wisconsin 4. Maine 5. Illinois
Worst: 1. Florida 2. Arizona 3. Alaska 4. South Carolina 5. Georgia
Beautiful weather across the Pacific Northwest on Monday with Oregon leading the way. Most of the 10s east of the Cascades of Oregon and Washington, but lots of 8s and 9s on the west side including Portland. Rain and cool temperatures in New England with Vermont the worst.
Best: 1. Oregon 2. Washington 3. Minnesota 4. Wisconsin 5. Idaho
Worst: 1. Vermont 2. New Hampshire 3. Massachusetts 4. South Carolina 5. Georgia
Scattered perfect weather mainly in the mountainous areas of the West and in the Appalachians. Also, a small area lining Lake Superior in Minnesota and Wisconsin including Duluth. Overall, West Virginia comes out on top for the first time this year while Vermont, as has often been the case this year, comes out on the bottom.
Best: 1. West Virginia 2. Michigan 3. Ohio 4. Oregon 5. Idaho
Worst: 1. Vermont 2. Florida 3. Maine 4. Louisiana 5. North Dakota
The monthly total for May are in! The overall best state was California and this is the state with the best location in the country. And that location is: Camanche Reservoir which is about 40 miles SE of Sacramento. The worst state was Vermont, just beating out Maine. And the worst location was Mt. Washington, NH, a notoriously bad weather site.
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
Friday October 26th, 2012
All eyes on Sandy. This still looks like a disaster in the making as Sandy will bring widespread high winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding Monday and Tuesday. If you live in the Northeast, prepare this weekend! So what’s the big deal about this storm? Why are weather people so amped up? First, the strength of the low pressure. Meteorologists measure storms in millibars of pressure. Big nor’easters are usually on the order of 960-980 mb. Most reliable models predict this storm to be 930-950 mb. Unusually strong. This translates into more wind. The track is also worrisome to meteorologists because it will affect all the major East Coast cities like Washington, NYC, and Boston. Another interesting factor in this storm is it’s shear size. It will encompass an unusually large area compared with other hurricanes. Strong winds will occur Monday/Tuesday from Maine to the Carolinas. So is this a hurricane? Yes. As it approaches New York City, cold air will get sucked into the storm and it will begin to lose it’s tropical characteristics, but for laypeople, it’s a hurricane. One last thing to point out is the coastal flood threat. Usually, the northeast side of a hurricane is the worst part because these winds are pushing water forward. So watch anywhere to the right of the center for the worst coastal flooding…ie. Long Island and New York City. Not a good scenario.
In the meantime, not too bad on the East Coast Friday. Warm weather will push north all the way to Vermont ahead of the storm. Vermont will be the best in the nation with an 8.7 mean. Some perfect 10’s in the Champlain Valley around Cambridge, Williston, Vergennes, and Shoreham. A small patch of 10’s in North Carolina around Lewisville.
The rest of the 10’s tomorrow will be in California. Some picks here include: Concord, San Ramon, Palo Alto, and Bakersfield.
I added the forecast track of Sandy on the map today.
Best: 1. Vermont 2. West Virginia 3. Connecticut 4. New Hampshire 5. New York
Worst: 1. Washington 2. Indiana 3. Oregon 4. North Dakota 5. Idaho
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