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Best Weather Cities – A Dispute

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Whenever you create a list of best and worst (of anything), there are always people who disagree. Although our list was published about 10 years ago, there has been a flurry of comments pro and con. Here is one that I have heard many times before.
Yuma? Vegas? Phoenix? Well I guess if you like scorching heat for much of the year….But I personally don’t think that a place that forces you to run your air most of spring and all summer, day and night to avoid heat stroke constitutes as great weather….but..that’s just me”

Since I live in Maine, I would have to agree. I just wouldn’t enjoy 100+ degree days and nights. My company had an event in Phoenix recently and it was 113 degrees. Yikes.  But, our definition of Best Weather Cities included heat, humidity, cloud cover, rainfall,  etc. I like the variations we get in the Northeast. But, it is interesting that over the last 20 – 30 years, the parts of the country with the fastest population growths  ( and I mean 20% plus) are Yuma, Phoenix, Las Vegas and many of the cities that were selected under our criteria. Someone has to like it….

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I am always interested in what city do you think has the best weather and why.  We have always said we are a “bride’s best friend”. I have never had anyone ever write and ask for a cool, rainy/ snowy day. It is always warm, sunny and clear blue skies. But, we  all choose to live where we do for reasons that go beyond the weather. What is your favorite weather city?

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1 Cristobal Jose { 10.27.09 at 12:58 pm }

Even though I live in San Francisco and think that it has FANTASTIC weather I will still have to give the best weather trophy to Santa Barbara (small city) and San Diego (large city). In Santa Barbara temps rarely fall below 45 on the coldest day of the year and average around 75 in the summer. It also gets a fair amount of rain so that it is not too dry. Even during the Summer the fog keeps things nice; green and cool.

2 Judy { 09.06.09 at 1:30 am }

I have to agree. Las Vegas weather is fantastic. After living most of my life in rainy, snowy and humid Chicagoland, where a mountain can’t be seen for 1000 miles, I felt like a cloud had been lifted and my disposition was wonderful when I opened the curtains everyday and felt the breeze.

OK, 2 months of the year it is hot, but in Chicago, it is hot too and you stick to everything. Your hair gets ruined and wet and the bees and mosquitos eat you alive.

I definately agree, and the suburban areas are just as nice, but cheaper than they are here. I am back in scumville because of Grandchildren here now. I just try to grin and bear it.

3 Larry { 08.23.09 at 5:19 pm }

Dana Point, CA. It too is on the ocean, part of Orange County, and averages 70 breezy degrees year round with low humidity. It simply gets no better than this.

4 Michelle { 08.09.09 at 6:09 pm }

Playa del Rey, CA. It’s on the beach, part of Los Angeles, and it’s usually in the 70’s all year long. Awesome ocean breeze, I don’t have an air conditioner and I don’t need one.

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