Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Temperatures in the 70°s

The other day I saw some posts that referred to ideal temperatures in the 70°s. While all temperature preferences are subjective, I felt it would be interesting to see which areas have the most 70°F days per year. By this metric, the coast of California is the clear winner for 'ideal' weather days. This did not look at precipitation as the data for precipitation has many instance of 0s where data is actually missing.

On the flip side, a low of 75°F or warmer seemed like a good cutoff to define an uncomfortably warm low temperature. The Gulf Coast was the 'winner' by this standard.


Figure 1. Average number of days each year with a high temperature between 70°F and 79°F. Stations bust have at least 10 complete year's of data between 1981 and 2010 to be included in the analysis.

Figure 2. Average number of days each year with a low temperature of 75°F or warmer. Stations bust have at least 10 complete year's of data between 1981 and 2010 to be included in the analysis.

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