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Old 10-30-2016, 06:36 AM
 
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Gotta be Lewiston as the hottest town in Idaho. To me though, Boise is almost as hot and is a kind of a city....easy choice for me if I returned to Idaho would be Boise.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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61 on my deck today in Idaho Falls.

That's just not right for this time in October. It makes me worry when the ground hasn't frozen some by now.
Huge warm air mass over most of the continental US. Daily record highs will likely occur in many places.

( The National Weather Service office in Dodge City, Kan., is calling for a “spooky hot Halloween” with highs near 90, challenging several records in the western part of the state.)
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Old 10-31-2016, 07:26 PM
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I think it is Riggins.

Lewiston is probably second.
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Old 11-02-2016, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Salmon, Idaho
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If you are looking for warmest winters it would be Lewiston.
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:53 PM
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It is actually a push....with a slight edge to Riggins.

Climate Riggins - Idaho and Weather averages Riggins

Climate Lewiston - Idaho and Weather averages Lewiston
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Old 11-03-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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As the lone Weiser holdout, I wasn't too far off- Weiser averages only a degree colder than either Lewiston or Riggins.

It's the humidity in Weiser, I guess, that makes me feel so hot when I'm there.

All 3 are in low spots that are surrounded by mountains. The big difference, it appears, is Riggins and Lewiston are both in narrow canyons. Weiser isn't, but it lies on the banks of the Snake.

Using the criteria of a canyon bottom town, Hagerman is warmer than Lewiston and as warm as Riggins at the high temp, but the average temp is 3º lower. That may be due to how wide the canyon bottom is in the Hagerman area. Hagerman gets more sun than Lewiston and Riggins.
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:39 PM
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Weiser was on my short list for a retirement location....but it is colder in winter. It really isn't that far from McCall. In fact, at one time I considered taking a job in McCall and commuting from Weiser.

Climate Weiser - Idaho and Weather averages Weiser
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Old 11-18-2016, 12:44 AM
 
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Thanks for all the info here folks...much appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2016, 07:04 PM
 
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There have indeed been other threads on this, but few seem to offer actual facts.

According to Weather Channel statistics, here is how the three towns stack up warmth-wise.

Boise:
Jan Avg. Hi 37 Lo 25 Median 31
July Avg. Hi 92 Lo 61 Median 76

Lewiston:
Jan Avg. Hi 42 Lo 30 Median 36
July Avg. Hi 90 Lo 60 Median 75

Riggins:
Jan Avg. Hi 42 Lo 29 Median 35
July Avg. Hi 92 Lo 56 Median 71

Conclusions: Lewiston and Riggins are warmer in the winter, but Boise is warmer in the summer, though just marginally above Lewiston.

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Old 12-11-2016, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Weiser was on my short list for a retirement location....but it is colder in winter. It really isn't that far from McCall. In fact, at one time I considered taking a job in McCall and commuting from Weiser.

Climate Weiser - Idaho and Weather averages Weiser
That's Idaho.

Elevation makes huge differences here, and we have extreme differences in elevation that can deceive someone who doesn't know Idaho, because it is so mountainous here. One place can be a thousand feet lower than another that's only 30 miles away or less, and this difference abounds all over the state.

In addition, the entire southern part of the state is higher overall than the panhandle. That's due to the hot spot that carved a path across the state from the west and now lies under Yellowstone.

Even our mountains are deceptive; the Teton range, which lies on the border between Wyoming and Idaho, appears to be higher on the eastern Wyoming slope, but the Idaho side is actually much higher from valley floor to valley floor.

The reason it looks higher is because the Teton basin got sucked under the earth's surface when the tectonic plate it was on was driven under when the larger one to the east collided with it and drove over it. That collision created the hot spot.
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