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Wednesday, 01 December, 2021

Best Weather North America

Bob Roberts
• Saturday, 26 December, 2020
• 8 min read

Whether you're choosing your next vacation spot, looking for the best place to retire, or planning a move to a new state, you'll probably want to think about the weather. Of course, climate preferences are highly personal, so these criteria may not fit your idea of good weather.

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The examples give you a starting point, but by no means cover all the places in the state that get great weather year round. You can't beat the south and central California coast for pleasant temperatures' year round.

Monthly average high temperatures for Honolulu on the island of Oahu and Kahului on Maui stay in the 80s all year. Temperatures in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio and Victoria, for example, stay perfectly warm in winter, although summers here get a little hotter than in southern California, reaching highs in the mid-90s.

Galveston stays slightly cooler year round with average monthly highs ranging from 61 degrees in January to 90 in August. But the daily high temperatures from October to April generally remain in the ideal range of 65 to 85 degrees.

Warm winter temperatures, particularly at Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Key West, Orlando, Tampa and Vero Beach make Florida's weather most inviting, while summer highs average in the low 90s. Key West is one of the driest and sunniest areas, with an annual rainfall of 39 inches and 76 percent sun.

Depending on your preference for hot weather, Georgia could rank above Florida on the list of top 10 states for best weather. Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah stay a little cooler than Florida through most of the year, which makes these places more comfortable in May and September.

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Macon is among the sunniest and driest cities in the state with 45 inches of rain and 66 percent sunshine. Charleston has pleasant temperatures' year round with highs ranging from 57 degrees in January to 89 in July.

Annual rainfall totals a reasonable 46 inches and the sun shines a respectable 63 percent of the time. Wilmington remains cooler than other places on the top 10 list, with January highs hovering around 40 degrees.

Two places in this state with worthy weather include one that's relatively warm and wet, the other cool and dry. Daily high temperatures for Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans average above 60 degrees throughout winter and reach the low 90s during summer.

Indiana Indianapolis Kentucky Jackson, Lexington Ohio Columbus Pennsylvania Harrisburg Tennessee Bristol West Virginia Charleston, Huntington Since many people prefer clear skies and warm temperatures, U.S. News looked for the metro areas among the 150 largest in the U.S. considered for the Best Places to Live rankings that offer the most moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

We looked for places that had the fewest average number of days above 90 degrees and below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and for those with the fewest fully cloudy days, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information. More than 200 days a year have at least some sun, with 118 fully clear days on average, which means there are plenty of ideal days to visit attractions along the Mississippi River or hit up popular outdoor attractions like the Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park or Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to the north of the city.

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While you’ll experience similar weather in Spartanburg and Greenville, you may like the idea of a much smaller metro area. With a population of 329,839 residents, Spartanburg is the smallest metro area on this list of the Best Places to Live for the Weather.

Still, there’s no shortage of good days to visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or drive a little outside the metro area to visit Bank head National Forest or Balladeer National Forest, which are both roughly an hour’s drive from the city. In Modesto, you can expect an average of 82 days each year above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 261 with clear or partly cloudy skies.

Similar in population size to Modesto, neighboring Stockton also makes the list for its few cold days and plenty of sun. A bit milder on both the cold and hot ends of the spectrum, Sacramento is about 50 miles north of Stockton.

But those storms certainly aren’t the whole story, as the San Juan area averages 276 clear or partly cloudy days annually. This popular tourist destination in coastal South Carolina doesn’t reach above 90 degrees more than 44 days a year, on average.

Myrtle Beach is the fastest-growing metro area on the Best Places to Live list, having increased in population by 14.27% between 2014 and 2018 due to net migration alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This Arkansas metro area has roughly 30 more cold and hot days per year than Myrtle Beach, but the weather extremes balance each other out.

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Additionally, Fayetteville sees three more clear or partly cloudy days per year on average. If you like the idea of getting out into nature in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville could be the perfect place to make your home base.

Atlanta gets some cool nights and a fair share of hot days, but those almost completely cancel each other out across an entire year. Tulsa's residents enjoy, on average, 230 clear or partly cloudy days per year.

While Oklahoma City experiences plenty of cold nights and hot days, a near-even balance between the two makes either extreme seem more tolerable for a full year. A clear day will also make it easy to see far distances in this flat part of the country.

Not the only Local metro area on the list, Los Angeles averages just 103 cloudy days per year. With no nights of freezing temperatures and 21 days over 90 degrees, on average, the City of Angels makes for a great place to enjoy warm weather without extremes.

Honolulu’s island location is the perfect spot if you want to avoid freezing lows at night while experiencing just a handful of days above 90 degrees. With weather typically moving quickly over the Hawaiian islands, Honolulu residents see just 94 fully cloudy days a year.

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And with just 102 cloudy days per year on average, you’ll be spending plenty of time at the beach enjoying the blue skies and sunshine. With an average of 267 clear or partly cloudy days, Salinas has just 98 days throughout the year that are cloudy, which makes for ideal weather for visiting the beaches, marine reserves and parks along Monterey Bay.

A little northwest of Los Angeles along the California coast, Santa Barbara benefits from beach breezes and the beauty of Los Padres National Forest, located directly north of the metro area. Weather makes a big difference in how enjoyable a city is to visit, work or retire in.

Studies have shown that most people agree on what makes great city weather. And people feel that days which don't get above 17 °C (63 °F) are unpleasantly cold, at least for a vacation that's not focussed on winter sports.

But most large cities in North America and Europe have some months of the year with ideally warm temperatures. Some cities have months when it rains for just one or two days, Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California, for instance.

But unless you're fond of umbrellas, puddles and rubber boots, it's best to avoid certain cities at particular times of the year. Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada especially get more rain in November and December than many people want to put up with.

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Good holiday weather for cities includes scattered cloud, covering up to one-quarter of the sky. When wind speeds get above 40 kilometers (25 miles) an hour, many people start feeling uncomfortable.

Instead, the mercury rises above 90 degrees on average just once per year, and the town enjoys clear or partly cloudy skies on 168 days to boot. But while the waters of the Outer Banks, the site of countless shipwrecks, are known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Cape Hatteras itself is a calm and temperate place.

Located 90 miles north of Cuba, Key West avoids the searing heat and humidity that plague mainland Florida's tourist hot spots like Fort Myers and Orlando. City dwellers caught in the region's notorious traffic can roll down their windows to indulge in Los Angeles’s best feature: its weather.

But since Li hue receives sunshine during 58 percent of daylight hours, you'll want to settle down in the shade of one of its famous palm trees to get a little shelter from the rays. Sacramento's tree canopy, thought to be the largest in the nation, deserves some credit for the city's moderate year-round temperatures, which are both a boon for local residents and a draw for tourism.

The city sees sunshine for 70 percent of daylight hours, and because temperatures never dip below 32 degrees in an average year, swimming or surfing outings are rarely spoiled by the forecast.


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