Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Places

This list ranking states to spend the summer from best to worst — the higher your number, the better it is — is fun to look at but I don’t take it seriously because they rank New Mexico as #9, one notch below Florida at #8.  I’ve spent summers in both and I will tell you that there’s no way a summer in Albuquerque is just a tad better than one in Miami.

New Mexico is a big state with a huge variety of geography ranging from hellish deserts in the south to cool and crisp Rocky Mountains in the north.  The temperatures in Albuquerque get up into the high 90’s in summer, but there’s hardly any humidity, which is what makes all the difference.

Florida is basically one flat piece of land consisting of coral reefs and swamps until you get up north of Orlando where there are a couple of hills to break the spell and thrall of the subtropics, but they have no ocean breeze, so summer in Orlando is worse than down here.  Summers in Miami are cooler temperature-wise, but the humidity is usually above 70%.  (My opinion may be somewhat skewed by the fact that my air conditioning broke down yesterday morning and I’m schvitzing like a racehorse at 4:00 a.m.)

According to the list, the worst place for summer is Mississippi.  No comment.

PS: Yes, I know Washington state comes in at #50.  You win.  So there.

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  1. Where is Michigan ranked? I think the northern half of the state is just about perfect. The lakes provide a tempering effect even if you’re living miles inland. The further north you get you can forget air conditioning. Of course both Washington and Michigan can have miserable winters; Washington doesn’t see the sun much of the time and the days end around 4:00 in the afternoon. Michigan freezes up and plows snow for weeks on end, but you can’t have it all.

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