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What Makes for Great Weather

A few years ago we came out with our famous list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Weather Cities. It had plenty of exposure including a spot I did on the Today Show. There are so many lists that there is even a book  listing the best lists. I mentioned our 10 Best Weather Cities in a recent blog and have had a few comments including this one:
“By your standards, Death Valley is the most optimal place to live. Actually, the surface of the sun is the most optimal place. You are basically saying, “the more of a desert a place is, the better the weather.” That is a silly metric for “best weather” cities. You might as well call this list “top 10 cities built in the desert.” Almost no one would consider Arizona or Las Vegas the top weather cities… trust me, I used to live in Vegas and most people there don’t like the weather.

 When  we had to develop a criteria for weather, I was guided by the fact that no one has ever written to me and asked for cool, rainy, cloudy, or sticky weather for a wedding day. So, the criteria we used was the % of sunshine, warmth, low humidity and number of rainy days. So, this resulted in many of the “best” cities located in Arizona , Nevada and Texas.  That said, if you look at the cities and states with the greatest population growth, you will find them to be in the same places where this writer says people hate the weather.

It may be  time to re-evaluate our list of best and worst weather cities. That said, if you were evaluating weather, what are the things that should be included. Is it rain vs sun, humidity levels, cloudiness, other? Whatever it is, it has to be measureable across cities??  I’d enjoy getting your input.

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