Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.
Texas has 93.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest states in the U.S. Texas has 38.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest states in the U.S. Texas averages 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S. June is the wettest month in Texas with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.3 inches. Texas's average annual rainfall of 36.3 inches indicates that it is drier than most states in the United States. June is the rainiest month in Texas with 7.1 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 5.4 rainy days.
PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP Members receive 10 FREE city profile downloads a month, unlimited access to our detailed cost of living calculator and analysis, unlimited access to our Dateline, and more. Texas : The Lone Star State, home of the Live Music Capital of the World, where everything is bigger, where near everything is better, and where the word “pride” may just not cut it.
This true Southern state is not just great, but in countless other areas as well: a variety of nature, a whole country's worth of weather packed into one state, tons of things to do, plentiful places to explore, and, of course, its rich and unique history. That's because out of the hundreds of places we looked at in this latest analysis, these 10 were the cream of the crop; the cat's Lonestar-covered pajamas; the “Red Headed Stranger” of Willie albums.
Keep on reading for these answers and more, as we not only take you through the method of our analysis, but stop by each place on our list to see what makes it shine, deep in the heart of Texas. Just like our other Big Deal Lists, we needed some measurable criteria to come up with our top 10 ranking.
From there, we looked at the U.S. Census data for all the places in Texas with populations over 10,000 people. Finally, with a student to teacher ratio of just 12 to 1, Fredericksburg was among the best in Texas in terms of education.
Not only is this historically oil-based city the hometown of none other than previous First Lady Laura Bush, but in our analysis, it scored major points for the lowest unemployment rate in the state-just 4.1 percent-and for its shorter than average commute time of just 19 minutes (take that, Great wood with your near 40-minute drive!) If you think this doesn't sound all that impressive, remember, this analysis ranked 242 places, so that means Midland had more amenities than 176 of the others on our list.
Don't get jealous, Houston, but Level land had an average summer temperature of 77 and an air quality score of a low 26. Hereford may be known as the Beef Capital of the World for its large number of cattle fed in the area; it also known locally as the Town Without a Toothache for its high level of naturally occurring fluorine in the water (don't ask); but after our analysis, it may want to add “The Coolest City in Texas to its list of names.
This Actor County city, just outside of Midland, is probably best -known for its recent spotlight in the movie “Friday Night Lights”; but perhaps it should be known for its high number of amenities (16,955), low cost of living (77), and an unemployment rate of just 5.3 percent. Odessa also ranked well for its average summer temperature of just 79 degrees, which residents may argue may not always feel like this, but we assure you, these numbers don't lie.
Located just about as north as you can get in North Texas, it may not be surprising that this city of nearly 19,000 ranked well for a low summer temperature, averaging at 75 degrees, and clear skies, with an air quality score of 21 (the lower the better). What may be surprising, though was that this city ranked as the very highest in our analysis for quality of life.
At least with a short average commute time of 18 minutes, there's a chance for residents to get home early to enjoy that North Texas weather. In fact, Hewitt ranked among the best when it came to its overall quality of life, with a median household income 33 percent higher than the rest of the state, combined with a cost of living of just 81, where the national average is 100.
Hewitt also had just 1,111 total crimes per 100,000 people, making it the 15th safest place on our list. With a median household income of $115,373, New Territory was among the best -paid in our analysis; and with median home and rent prices of $225,400 and $1,314, respectively, it is clear that this place in Fort Bend County has some desirable real estate.
With most of its residents working outside of town in Houston, New Territory had one of the highest average commute times in our analysis-39 minutes. To top it off, Bhutto only saw 913 crimes per 100,000 people in the last year, making it the sixth safest in our entire list.
Finally, bringing our list to a close, was the sweet city of Sugar Land. According to our numbers, Sugar Land has over 3,280 total amenities, a median household income of over $101,000, and median home and rent prices of $230,800 and $1,330, all of which combine to give Sugar Land an overall rank of 41 in quality of life.
The stars at night may be big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas -but after this analysis, their luminous may have some competition with these shining places. Puns and cheesiness aside, these 10 places are near enough to make even a non-Texan proud, with some of the state's best education, the highest incomes, crime rates, and so much more.
High temperatures can reach the 100s for days, and humidity can make the heat index feel even worse. She's experienced her fair share of hot Texas summers across the state, including in Greenville, Mesquite, Garland and Houston.
She later moved to California, but after 24 years in San Diego, Debbie is looking to retire and return to Texas. That's why Debbie wanted to know what part of Texas has the coolest summers, so she asked The Dallas Morning News.
Her question is part of Curious Texas, an ongoing project from The News that invites you to join in our reporting process. Second: The National Weather Service has 12 forecast offices that oversee Texas cities.
Those offices create forecasts for their respective regions, and also update and maintain records. To search for an answer to the question, we looked at data from those 12 offices and compared the latest 30- year average temperatures during June, July and August across the Lone Star State.
Amarillo has an average summer temperature of 76.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Stratford, about 80 miles north of Amarillo, even sees average low temperatures dip down to a cool 57.5 degrees during June.
Gracing the east-central part of Texas is Tyler, whose population recently surpassed 100,000, the magic number for national retailers looking to locate to growing communities. Residents and trucking companies have access to a good transportation network that includes Interstate 20 and U.S. 69.
Home to the five-time NBA champion Spurs, San Antonio welcomes 26 million tourists each year who visit attractions like The Alamo, SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the River Walk shopping and entertainment district. The city houses a number of U.S. military bases and hosts the long-running annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex are renowned cuisines in Dallas, plus Forbes ranks the city among the best places for business and careers. Just northeast of Dallas and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth retroflex is Garland, offering quality of life amenities like six recreation centers, 60 parks, Lake Ray Hubbard and the Spring Creek Forest Preserve.
With a nickname of “Hub City,” Lubbock in northwestern Texas is an economic, education, retail and health care center for a multi-county region commonly called the South Plains. Lubbock is also the largest contiguous cotton-growing area in the world, and home to the Texas Tech Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference.