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Subject: Most comfortable climate in the US
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: pdunlap-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 14 Mar 2006 13:08 PST
Expires: 13 Apr 2006 14:08 PDT
Question ID: 707269
What locations in the continental US have the greatest number of days
with the high temperature in the 60 to 80 degree range per year? I
prefer this temperature as it is neither too hot or too cold. I would
like a list of as many places as possible (especially outside of
Southern California).A map would be helpful if possible.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Mar 2006 13:26 PST
You'll need to keep to the northern part of the southern tier of
states, in order to keep it from getting too hot or too cold too

Here are some places to consider, all of which have very moderate climates:

 Hot Springs-Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 

 Carlsbad, New Mexico 

 Cherokee Village, Arkansas 

 Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 

 Laguna Beach, California 

 Valencia, California 

 Mountain Home/Bull Shoals, Arkansas 

 Heber Springs-Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas   

 Las Cruces, New Mexico 

 Paradise, California 

 Silver City, New Mexico 

 Salisbury, Maryland 

 Holiday Island, Arkansas 

 Eureka Springs, Arkansas 

 San Luis Obispo-Atascadero, California 

 Pismo Beach-Oceano-Arroyo Grande, California 

 Edenton, North Carolina 

 Hopkinsville, Kentucky   

 Paso Robles, California 

 Ojai, California 

 Paris, Tennessee 

 Woodbury, Tennessee 

 Salisbury, North Carolina 

 Murray, Kentucky 

Let me know if that is the sort of list you were looking for.


Clarification of Question by pdunlap-ga on 23 Mar 2006 09:55 PST
Thanks for the suggestions!
However, Im looking for some numbers to go with them.
I have found number of 90 degree days (too hot), below 32 degree days
(too cold),heating and cooling degree days (most helpful so far). Im
looking for someplace where I can walk outside most days of the year
and go for a run or play tennis without sweating profusely or
freezing, hence the 60-80 degree daily high request. I want an eternal
spring/fall that exists outside San Diego Or as close to it as
Thanks again for the help!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 23 Mar 2006 10:18 PST

All the places I listed have moderate climates that come pretty close
to your needs.

I'm afraid, though, that digging out the actual numbers would take a
lot more than $20 worth of effort.

You might want to have a look yourself, though.  Here's a data summary
page for Hot Springs, Arkansas:

and around the middle of the page are graphs showing teh "Average
climate in Hot Springs, Arkansas".

You can see there are very few days with high temps below 60 degrees. 

Yeah, it gets a little toasty in the summer, but then again, only
California is California, and you're not likely to find the very
narrow temperature ranges of San Diego in too many other places in the
world, let alone the US.

It's easy to view the graphs for the other cities on the list I
provided.  Let me know if this information works for you.


Clarification of Question by pdunlap-ga on 30 Mar 2006 09:49 PST
Hi there,
I need more to work with. These are interesting places to look at but
it doesnt give me a systematic way to look for those exceptions to
"the south is hot north is cold". "Only California is California" isnt
very helpful. Example: Asheville NC is far enough south to escape the
harsh winters but high enough to have cool summers. There must be
other places that are like this.
Thanks Again!!!

Clarification of Question by pdunlap-ga on 30 Mar 2006 09:50 PST
ps most of those place you mentioned are HOT in the summertime for my
taste. Someplace a little cooler?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Most comfortable climate in the US
From: denco-ga on 14 Mar 2006 14:35 PST
Howdy pdunlap-ga,

Coming close would be Caņon City, Colorado, and nearby cities, such as Salida.

Caņon City is in what is called the "Banana Belt" of Colorado.

The Banana Belt - Mild, Dry, Clear
Buena Vista, Salida, Poncha Springs

- Valley Floor: 6800-8500 feet
- Mountain Tops: 14,000+ feet
- Summer Highs: 75-85 °F 
- Winter Highs: 35-55 °F
- Winter Lows: 5-15 °F
- Annual Rainfall: 11-12 inches
- Annual Snowfall: 40-50 inches
- 300 days per year!

Here is a link to a MapQuest map of the area.

Looking Forward, denco-ga - Google Answers Researcher
Subject: Re: Most comfortable climate in the US
From: maluca-ga on 15 Mar 2006 20:34 PST
Banana Belt? Frozen maybe. Look in northern Calif east above
Sacramento. Pick your temps along the way to lowest in Reno.
Subject: Re: Most comfortable climate in the US
From: joe916-ga on 16 Mar 2006 13:06 PST
maluca-ga  has it right. Even in sacramento the weather is a lot
better than Southern Cal. Not a lot of HOT days, mostly sunny year

heres the weather history
Here a census breakdown
Subject: Re: Most comfortable climate in the US
From: czh-ga on 16 Mar 2006 15:35 PST
Sacramento is blisteringly hot during most of the summer. There are
long stretches of daily temperatures at 90-100 degrees.
Subject: Re: Most comfortable climate in the US
From: tutuzdad-ga on 30 Mar 2006 10:00 PST
It may also be useful to note the Hot Springs (National Park),
Arkansas and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas are two different places,
20 miles apart. The climate in Hot Springs NP differs somewhat from
Hot Springs Village because of the mountains that seperate them. The
climate in the village is much milder than that of Hot Springs NP. In
addition the village is roughly 40 square miles in size so the average
climate tends to vary a bit from one end to the other.


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