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Old 02-08-2014, 07:10 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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This app ranks places by the number of days where the temperature is moderate, i.e. between 55 and 75 degrees:

kelly norton: The Pleasant Places to Live

"It has been a winter of dreadful weather so far. I spent January flying back and forth from New York expecting to find a different set of conditions at the end of each leg. Whichever way I went, bitter cold greeted me at the end of the jet way and often with a coating of slick ice. It’s hard not to dwell on anomalous and unpleasant weather. It got me wondering, though, where in the U.S. do you go if you want the most “pleasant” days in a year?

I decided to take a stab at what constitutes a “pleasant” day and then aggregate NOAA data for the last 23 years to figure out the regions of the United States with the most (and least) pleasant days in a typical year. The results, I think, are not that surprising and pretty much affirm the answer given off the cuff by many of my west coast friends when asked about the best places, “Southern California?” For the areas with the least pleasant days, I admit I would have guessed North Dakota. However, it’s much of Montana that gets an average of a couple of weeks of pleasantness each year. I’m sure, though, they would shake their frost-bitten fingers at me and remind me that not everyone can take the overwhelming heat of 55° F. True, there is a bit of subjectivity to the range I selected. It’s just that a lot of subjects share that same preference."
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:01 PM
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Very narrow definition of "pleasant", but interesting.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:01 AM
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HUMIDITY would be a huge factor for me also. While the extreme south may conform to Kelly's idea of "pleasant", it would NOT be anywhere near my comfort level.

Thanks for sharing this though. It is interesting!
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:45 AM
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Arbitrary cutoff, but a decent place to start for someone considering relocating for better weather. It was not hard for me to guess which areas would win.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:06 PM
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I thought it was rather interesting information although I have to differ with Rockford, Mi having more pleasant days than Castle Rock, CO. We've had temps mostly in the 50's this winter and very little snow when they have have below freezing temperatures and huge amounts of snow.
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