February 05, 2014, 1:29 PM — In the midst of a "wintery mix" of horrible weather in the Northeast, I'm thinking more and more about moving somewhere drier, somewhere warmer, somewhere more "pleasant." Data visualization to the rescue! Kelly Norton mapped areas in the US based on how many pleasant days a year they get.
To the surprise of probably no one, California leads the way in pleasant weather, defined by Norton as days where: "the mean temperature was between (55° F and 75° F), the minimum temperature was above 45° F, the maximum temperature was below 85° F and there was no significant precipitation or snow depth." Residents of Los Angeles and San Diego enjoy about half the year in wonderful weather.
Meanwhile, Montana only gets a couple of weeks of weather enjoyment.
Check out the interactive map here, which is based on historical NOAA data from the last 23 years. You can look up your zip code or just hover over any area to see the best and worst areas to live in, weather-wise.
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