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View Poll Results: Rating of my "Superior" climate
A 11 31.43%
B 11 31.43%
C 3 8.57%
D 4 11.43%
F 6 17.14%
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Winters slightly too cold for me, I would like higher record highs for the winter months...this would mean you'd get some relief from the cold weather now and again but with a record high of 6c I don't think so.

It still gets a B-
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Germany
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The average snow depth in Houghton in February is 29'', which is high indeed, but still manageable I believe.
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source?

I expected it to be in that range (because of the thaws that of course occur in that kind of climate), but I actually find the snow depth quite miserable for that amount of snowfall... I like the avg. snow depth to be above 1 m, at least in February...
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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I expected it to be in that range (because of the thaws that of course occur in that kind of climate), but I actually find the snow depth quite miserable for that amount of snowfall... I like the avg. snow depth to be above 1 m, at least in February...
Page three: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/climatenorm.../mi/203908.pdf

I believe this is a constant in most places east of the Rockies. Winters are always "unstable" in comparison to Europe and even places with cold averages like Houghton can have their days of mild weather in the middle of the season, that may be followed by heavy snowstorms or brutally cold periods.
Of course the magnitude of these changes depends on the latitude and the geographical location - Houghton is near the Canadian border and close to the lake, so the weather tends to be colder and more stable than farther south.

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Old 09-10-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Buxton UK
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Horrible, E. Can't vote because no E option.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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To give you an idea of what I love about this place (besides the snow...lol), here's a couple pics from my trip up there in July:



Gosh, I miss that place so bad it hurts...
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Aberdeen, UK
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C. Summers could be a degree or two warmer and winter is too cold with too much snow. Would be really sick of it by April.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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When making an analysis of a location's climate, you always want to "test the extremes" - the averages tell one story, the extremes tell another. One of my concerns about the climate up there is that summer precip totals are a bit low for my comfort. But look at what I got to experience during my one week up there in July:

These falls as they normally look in summer - not too impressive, huh?



This pic was taken just a couple of days later, after a series of mondo thunderstorms roared over the peninsula overnight:



Pretty wild, huh? I guess the dear old Keweenaw wanted to put on a good show just for me.


Oh, speaking of me, here's me in my "happy place", dangling my toes in the cool, clear waters of mighty Lake Superior.

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Old 09-10-2013, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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I normally would rate a climate with these temperatures a D, but the snowfall is ridiculous! This is an F. 218 inches in a year? No way! I could not deal with such looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong winters and such cool summers. 75 degrees in July?
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Bremerhaven, NW Germany
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I would rate it B, would be almost perfect for me, the winter is quite snowy and cold, as a winter should be and the summer is not too warm with highs of 23-24 and there is also a relief during the night.
And i guess you get some nice summer thunderstorms there as well.

It's not a perfect A for me though since you still have the odd oppressive summer day there with dew points well into the 20s (C) and high heat index.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:07 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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86% / B. Great winters. May is too cold, and summers are a bit chilly for my liking.
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