Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday: Most Pleasant Places to Live

Kelly Norton is a designer and software engineer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds degrees from Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the MIT Media Lab. He has put together an interesting map showing where the most "pleasant" places to live are in the US. “Pleasant” for his purposes means the average 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.

As he points out, "It has been a winter of dreadful weather so far. I spent January flying back and forth from New York expecting to find a different set of conditions at the end of each leg. Whichever way I went, bitter cold greeted me at the end of the jet way and often with a coating of slick ice. It’s hard not to dwell on anomalous and unpleasant weather. It got me wondering, though, where in the U.S. do you go if you want the most “pleasant” days in a year?"

To see his interactive map visit here! You can put in your zip code to get a look at your area's "pleasantness".

In the meantime, here's what he has for the Utica area.

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