Tuesday September 4th, 2012
Lets play a game. Can you guess the location of the lowest and only grid square of PWI 2 on the map Tuesday? Yes, I mean in the Continental US…Alaska I have totally written off for the season. See the bottom for the answer.
The Northeast and the Northwest continue to play ping-pong with the best weather in the country. Tuesday will be The Pacific Northwest’s turn with all of the top five states out West. While Seattle was my pick for best Labor Day weather, the state as a whole could not outperform New England today. This will not be the case Tuesday as the remnants of Isaac bring rain northeast to about Portland, Maine. So, Washington State will be on top with a mean of 8.7 followed closely by Oregon at 8.6. Quite a few perfect 10’s around Puget Sound again tomorrow with Stanwood, Everett, Shoreline, Seattle (downtown), Belfair, and Leland all perfect. South of Puget Sound, add South Bend and Doty to the list.
Elsewhere around the West, more scattered mountainous perfect weather, but still a few towns standout such as: Bozeman, Montana…Sand Point, Idaho…San Rafael, California and portions of the Front Range in Colordao. Here I’ve got Glen Haven, Brookvale, Conifer, and Bailey.
Quite a few showers expected the next few days down in Hawaii, mainly on the windward side of course as the trade winds blow pretty strong. Hawaii ranges from about 7.0 to 7.3 on a daily basis, but with the extra wind and showers, the Aloha State will be kept to a relatively low 6.7 mean.
About the answer to the question I posed at the beginning, here is a hint…it’s east of the Mississippi River. It is the highest point in the Northeast (6,288 feet) and holds the record for for the highest wind gust directly measured in the Northern and Western Hemisphere, 231 mph on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. On the right is a picture of the observatory at the peak which is staffed by scientists and weather observers. Click here for the current conditions on the mountain. The answer is Mt. Washington, New Hampshire which is part of the White Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, it no longer holds the record for highest measured wind gust in the world, that dubious honor occured during Cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island in 1996. A gust of 253 mph was recorded there and offshore it produced swells of 69 feet! Anyway, Mt. Washington’s weather is routinely bad and will only get worse through fall and winter. During the summer you can actually drive to the top on the Mt. Washington Auto Road…or take the Cog Railway to the top.
Best 1. Washington 2. Idaho 3. Oregon 4. Montana 5. Wyoming
Worst 1. Alaska 2. Alabama 3. Maryland 4. Georgia 5. Delware