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View Poll Results: What part of the US has the worst weather?
the Northeast 51 11.92%
the Midwest 150 35.05%
the South 127 29.67%
the Rockies 10 2.34%
the Southwest 42 9.81%
the Pacific Northwest 33 7.71%
California 15 3.50%
Voters: 428. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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The northeast also has a terrible climate IMO. Anything below 70F is too cold for me. But the Northeast, being by the ocean, is milder than the Midwest.
In my opinion, a location with four true seasons is the best climate - like the Northeast (here I'm talking NJ/NYC area because as others have mentioned, the Northeast's climate does vary). Beautiful falls with changing leaves, crisp weather, a chill in the air but the midday warmth from the waning summer, cool nights, some rain, some sun. Some great beach days in September and early October. Winters (in northern NJ at least) are decent with maybe one major snowstorm a year (by major I mean one foot plus) and days where you get smaller storms of a few inches or so. Temperatures at an average between 30 and 40 is really the norm, we will get cold spells where it drops below 20 but on average, between 30 and 40. Springs are beautiful, everything blooming, pink flowers on trees, some sweet smelling rain, warm sun, very little humidity, the only negative is allergies. Summers are hot and pretty humid, with some thunderstorms and summer rain but at the beach, NJ has perfect weather. There's nothing like feeling the heat from the sun, the cool breeze, then cooling off in 73F water.

Still think it's terrible? You see it all and you're never bored. You always know something else is coming along. You may prefer one season to another, you may downright hate a particular season, but you get to experience them all.

While southern CA is beautiful, I need a change of pace. I need the four seasons and warm ocean water, but I guess it just depends on what you're used to. This is what I've known all my life and I cannot imagine living in a climate where it is almost always warm and sunny, and where your idea of cold is below 70! I actually laughed a bit at that one.

As for the worst, I voted the Pacific Northwest (like Seattle). Mild and rainy, not my type. Pretty area, but thinking of living there depresses me. I need a wider range of temperatures and more sunny days.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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In my opinion, a location with four true seasons is the best climate - like the Northeast (here I'm talking NJ/NYC area because as others have mentioned, the Northeast's climate does vary). Beautiful falls with changing leaves, crisp weather, a chill in the air but the midday warmth from the waning summer, cool nights, some rain, some sun. Some great beach days in September and early October. Winters (in northern NJ at least) are decent with maybe one major snowstorm a year (by major I mean one foot plus) and days where you get smaller storms of a few inches or so. Temperatures at an average between 30 and 40 is really the norm, we will get cold spells where it drops below 20 but on average, between 30 and 40. Springs are beautiful, everything blooming, pink flowers on trees, some sweet smelling rain, warm sun, very little humidity, the only negative is allergies. Summers are hot and pretty humid, with some thunderstorms and summer rain but at the beach, NJ has perfect weather. There's nothing like feeling the heat from the sun, the cool breeze, then cooling off in 73F water.

Still think it's terrible? You see it all and you're never bored. You always know something else is coming along. You may prefer one season to another, you may downright hate a particular season, but you get to experience them all.

While southern CA is beautiful, I need a change of pace. I need the four seasons and warm ocean water, but I guess it just depends on what you're used to. This is what I've known all my life and I cannot imagine living in a climate where it is almost always warm and sunny, and where your idea of cold is below 70! I actually laughed a bit at that one.

As for the worst, I voted the Pacific Northwest (like Seattle). Mild and rainy, not my type. Pretty area, but thinking of living there depresses me. I need a wider range of temperatures and more sunny days.
I did the whole four season thing in DC. I personally thought it was overrated and wasn't impressed. I love the beauty of spring and summer, but everything else was blah to me. I respect and understand your opinion though. My parents like 4 seasons.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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Most areas have their down sides--NY state (central and western strong cloud cover fall/winter),many areas can get severe blizzards, power outages winter months
Northwest, gloom and drizzle
South, humid summers
Southwest,like being in hel* in the summer (5 month summers), not pleasant
Midwest winters certain areas like the arctic in the winter
I agree with this, every region has a downside. Even for SoCal, people can say that the climate is too monotonous.

Subjective topic. Personally, the interior Northeast is the worst (like Upstate NY and parts of PA). I can't stand the combination of gray skies and freezing temperature.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: New York
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Subjective topic. Personally, the interior Northeast is the worst (like Upstate NY and parts of PA). I can't stand the combination of gray skies and freezing temperature.

Agreed.

Interior Northeast is the worst combination, because it gets the same as the Midwest at its worst, and more.

The Midwest doesnt get hurricanes or Nor'easters. The Interior Northeast does, and it matches everything else.

There have been quite a few tornadoes lately in Upstate NY. Its been ridiculously hot and humid (90s), with scattered severe t-storms and hail.

Just last week it snowed 18 inches in the upper parts near Plattsburgh.

So lets recap.

In the last two weeks, Upstate has seen snow, hot humid 90 degree weather, t-storms, hail and tornadoes.

People really have no idea just how insane Upstate NY is, but its from Boston to DC that gets all the weather media.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Outside of Los Angeles
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For me, anywhere that has something resembling a year round summer such as Miami or Honolulu would be the worst weather. I do not like the idea of having to sweat almost all year and be a slave to the AC because it is too hot to be anywhere outside. And someone mentioned San Francisco as having the worst weather. Please! SF is FAR better than any of these so called year round warm climates any day! But back to the topic, those humid subtropical climates stink.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Honolulu is actually not as humid or hot as people think. Winter days are like 80F and summer days are like 85F. The trade winds keep humidity at pleasant levels-not too dry, not too muggy. Compare this to Miami's winter days of around 75F and summer days at 93F with high humidity in summer.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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PNW has the worst weather by far!
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Agreed.

Interior Northeast is the worst combination, because it gets the same as the Midwest at its worst, and more.

The Midwest doesnt get hurricanes or Nor'easters. The Interior Northeast does, and it matches everything else.

There have been quite a few tornadoes lately in Upstate NY. Its been ridiculously hot and humid (90s), with scattered severe t-storms and hail.

Just last week it snowed 18 inches in the upper parts near Plattsburgh.

So lets recap.

In the last two weeks, Upstate has seen snow, hot humid 90 degree weather, t-storms, hail and tornadoes.

People really have no idea just how insane Upstate NY is, but its from Boston to DC that gets all the weather media.

The difference is the Midwest is prone to extreme heatwaves that the Northeast isn't. The extreme temperatures in SD and ND are still into the 120's. Yes the summer averages are similar to the Northeast but the Northeast is a bit more stable under the influence of the Bermuda High. The Midwest can get cold fronts or southerly winds from the Gulf. It's the variability in the Midwest that annoys most people. In the winter the upper Midwest is too darn cold, but better than upstate NY for sure. However, where the population centers are (on the coast), the Northeast winters are far superior to the Midwest. NYC is far superior to Chicago in the weather department.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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For me, anywhere that has something resembling a year round summer such as Miami or Honolulu would be the worst weather. I do not like the idea of having to sweat almost all year and be a slave to the AC because it is too hot to be anywhere outside. And someone mentioned San Francisco as having the worst weather. Please! SF is FAR better than any of these so called year round warm climates any day! But back to the topic, those humid subtropical climates stink.
I'm pretty sure they were merely stating an opinion, just as you are.

The thing that's been annoying me with this thread is people acting like what's right for them is what should be right for everyone.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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I know a few maps will include the Dakotas, but I don't (and I don't think most) include them as Midwestern states. Definitely a wild variety in temperature extremes, but this is largely because the area is dry and removed from the moderating effects of the Great Lakes. On the other hand, South Dakota at 95 degrees is probably far more tolerable than Boston at 95 because of the general lack of humidity.
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