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Old 08-16-2018, 09:09 PM
 
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Experts,

I need some help. Trying to figure out decent places to live on the Main Line with easy access to Center City (SEPTA). We find Chesterbrook, Wayne, Radnor, Paoli, and Malvern as decent areas (safety, schools, access to Philadelphia, amenities etc.)

The one immediate question I had was: how do I understand the snowfall totals? Attached is a comparative between Wayne, Malvern, and Chesterbrook. Chesterbrook snowfall totals are so different (much lower) than Wayne and Malvern which are about 5-6 miles away from it. Any comments? Should I be using another source? Find attached.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:33 AM
 
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Historically, the areas north and west of the City get more snow that the the rest of our area but lately there have been quite a few Nor'easters that have dumped more snow south and east. But the bottom line is the difference in snow fall isn't significant enough to even be part of the discussion in picking a location in the area IMO.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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Experts,

I need some help. Trying to figure out decent places to live on the Main Line with easy access to Center City (SEPTA). We find Chesterbrook, Wayne, Radnor, Paoli, and Malvern as decent areas (safety, schools, access to Philadelphia, amenities etc.)

The one immediate question I had was: how do I understand the snowfall totals? Attached is a comparative between Wayne, Malvern, and Chesterbrook. Chesterbrook snowfall totals are so different (much lower) than Wayne and Malvern which are about 5-6 miles away from it. Any comments? Should I be using another source? Find attached.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Thanks
The Chesterbrook snowfall data in your attachment are wildly inaccurate. As someone else mentioned there isn’t enough variation metro wide for it to be factor in deciding where to live.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:48 AM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Historically, the areas north and west of the City get more snow that the the rest of our area but lately there have been quite a few Nor'easters that have dumped more snow south and east. But the bottom line is the difference in snow fall isn't significant enough to even be part of the discussion in picking a location in the area IMO.
Right. And even if the numbers were 100% accurate, what really matters is how efficient the local government removes the snow.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Is this your only criterion in selecting a place to live?

If so, consider yourself extraordinarily lucky.
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:20 PM
 
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Is this your only criterion in selecting a place to live?

If so, consider yourself extraordinarily lucky.
Of course not!!

Like I originally said: schools, safety, accessibility to Center City, amenities are very important. The reason I posted the question was that I was baffled by the stats so wanted to confirm. And yes, having never lived in a place where it snows I am a little anxious.
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Old 08-17-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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What are the sources? This can’t be timely NOAA data. As others have pointed out, Chesterbrook is wildly low. Wayne seems a little low, but not beyond the realm of reason. Malvern seems a little high now, but possibly correct during the 1961-1990 period (climatological data is measured in 30-year intervals and revised at the end of each decade).

Here’s what you need to know: Philadelphia averages 22.4” annually at the airport (check Wikipedia for full, month-by-month means and extremes). Steadily increase this number the further north and west you go, and steadily decrease it points south and east.

But to answer your question, Wayne and Chesterbrook (which has a Wayne mailing address) should be neck-and-neck. Malvern will probably be modestly higher. This isn’t a region with wild topographic changes, or other geographic features that would give rise to a patchwork of microclimates, so weather changes slowly as the crow flies.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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What are the sources? This can’t be timely NOAA data. As others have pointed out, Chesterbrook is wildly low. Wayne seems a little low, but not beyond the realm of reason. Malvern seems a little high now, but possibly correct during the 1961-1990 period (climatological data is measured in 30-year intervals and revised at the end of each decade).

Here’s what you need to know: Philadelphia averages 22.4” annually at the airport (check Wikipedia for full, month-by-month means and extremes). Steadily increase this number the further north and west you go, and steadily decrease it points south and east.

But to answer your question, Wayne and Chesterbrook (which has a Wayne mailing address) should be neck-and-neck. Malvern will probably be modestly higher. This isn’t a region with wild topographic changes, or other geographic features that would give rise to a patchwork of microclimates, so weather changes slowly as the crow flies.
Thanks. My source is "google". You can see the top left of each of my attachments. Anyway, when I started this thread I knew something was a miss...
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:03 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Grew up in the Philly suburbs -- I agree you shouldn't concern yourself with snowfall variations in the area. The main thing to understand is that snowfall totals in the Philadelphia area can vary wildly from year to year. For example, in 1995-96 we had 65" of snow. (One major blizzard was accountable for about half of that.) I decided to get a 4-wheel-drive Jeep so I wouldn't have to worry about the commute to work the following winter. Wouldn't you know, the following year we had 12" of snow, and the year after that less than an inch.

And the other main thing to know is that as soon as snow is predicted, the stores get wiped out of bread and milk.

P.S. You can't go wrong with any of the areas you are considering. I love the Main Line.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:22 AM
 
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Grew up in the Philly suburbs -- I agree you shouldn't concern yourself with snowfall variations in the area. The main thing to understand is that snowfall totals in the Philadelphia area can vary wildly from year to year. For example, in 1995-96 we had 65" of snow. (One major blizzard was accountable for about half of that.) I decided to get a 4-wheel-drive Jeep so I wouldn't have to worry about the commute to work the following winter. Wouldn't you know, the following year we had 12" of snow, and the year after that less than an inch.

And the other main thing to know is that as soon as snow is predicted, the stores get wiped out of bread and milk.

P.S. You can't go wrong with any of the areas you are considering. I love the Main Line.
Thanks.

Is Paoli/ Malvern a "little too far"? I come from a city where I drive 45 mins one way in heavy traffic. Before that, I came from a city where I took a 45 min train one way. I agree that driving = flexibility vs. train = stick to timelines. I need to make my way to near Independence Hall.

Commute, of course, is important but more or equally is safety since my wife will be home and we have a 6-year-old. Access to parks, schools, trains (for her so she can be mobile) etc.

Best,

P.S. the "little too far" comment came from a couple of would-be colleagues
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