Skip to comments.America's Safest Weather Cities
Posted on 08/09/2012 8:52:35 PM PDT by re_nortex
Virtually no location in the U.S. is 100% safe from dangerous weather.
According to the National Weather Service, the combination of flooding, lightning, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, snow/ice storms, extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and rip currents claims almost 600 lives each year in the U.S., on average. Of course, catastrophic events in any year (Hurricane Katrina, spring 2011 tornadoes) can skew the averages.
However, there are locations in the U.S. where the weather is generally "safer."
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Great hiking and white water! The weather is strange here in the hills. I guess some people would call them mountains. The rain and snow are different just within five miles. Western PA is one of the most interesting places. I had to come back just like almost everyone else.
My son was 16 before he experienced his first thunder storm...
It is outstanding! I love winter hiking and I love whitewater
I had Roanoke on my list!
Weird, four of the eight are on Canadian border and San Diego is on the Mexican border.
Last time I looked, the weather was ok.....but that means little on the windward side of the island.
108 degrees felt pretty good. :-)”
My sentiments exactly. Lived in Kansas City most of my life. In the late-1970’s I west to Houston on business over the Christmas holidays. Flowers blooming outside everywhere. Returned to KC to 8 inches of snow and a wind chill which never got above 12 below zero the entire month of January. Packed up and moved to Texas. If I feel like I need my “snow fix”, a few days in Colorado quickly takes care of that.
I’ve experienced some really awful storms in San Diego since 1960. Heavy rain that washes mobile homes 30 miles to the ocean. Huge fires that wipe out tens of thousands of acres. High winds that topple trees with ease after days of rain. Mudslides. It’s a real paradise.
I moved to the Pocatello, ID. The principa hazard is high winds. The seasons are pretty normal. Precipitation averages 15 inches annually.
What I'm about to say is probably sacrilege to some San Diego partisans. I was in La Jolla back in 1986 for business. It didn't impress me in terms of weather. The morning fog was clammy and I never could get comfortable. I was also taken aback by the flight path into Lindbergh Field. It's so close to downtown and I got the impression that I could see the office workers in the nearby buildings since we were at the same altitude while in descent.
I couldn't wait to get back to the Texas heat and the wide open spaces of the prairie. Note the absence of a /sarc tag.
Isn’t International Falls, MN one of the coldest places in the lower 48? I would say San Diego has about the best weather in the Lower 48.
Having spent most of my life in San Diego, I really prefer my home on Jdaho. I wish my work arrangements were more favorable to being home. I completely agree with the cold, clammy assessment. I’m in Clairemont. Cold and wet.
How could anything be safer than Manhattan Beach, CA?
There are only about six regions on this planet with Mediterranean style year round weather and the coastal plain of Southern California, is certainly one of them.
In fact, the near perfect year round perfect weather is worth a fortune to us.
I found Bakersfield quite appealing to my tastes both in terms of the weather and the people. My perception is that the region is quite sunny and warm -- applicable to the climate and the personalities of the inhabitants. It's my favorite part of California and beats the cold, clammy Bay Area by far. I also recall seeing more American flags there than any other part of California that I've spent any time in.
The caveat is that fond recollections of Bakersfield were formed some 20-30 years ago. It has more than likely changed over that interval but I would suppose the weather has remained a pleasant constant.
Considering that 30,000 people in the U.S. are killed by auto accidents every year (not to mention those that are seriously maimed and injured), that statistic really surprises me. I would have thought that many more people died in weather-related incidents, given the enormous media coverage every time a hurricane or blizzard heads up the coast.
It would seem that rather than find a place with tranquil weather, you are better off finding a place with no automobiles!
Lexington is a great town. Central KY tends to be far enough south to avoid the worst of bad Midwestern Winter weather, and because they’re south of the Ohio river, the rolling hills help keep down tornado activity that is worse to the north.
I sort of like fresh lobster. Fresh blueberries are nice too
Albuquerque; That about covers it.
We've a place *north* of Caribou ...you must adjust to the winter and *cold*....winter never quits.
The overlooked Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as Santa Fe: no tornados, no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no flies, mosquitoes.
Phoenix should be on the list. Hot in the summer, but no tornadoes, hurricanes, freezing, ice storms, or earthquakes.
Having lived all over the U.S. (including years in CA and TX), I’d have to toss in Raleigh, NC....my home of over 17 years; far longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s beautiful, and it has four true seasons. A dash of snow once or twice per winter; that’s about it. Gorgeous autumns. Summer...ok, it gets hot and humid, true. Spring is breathtaking. Hurricanes? Three have affected me in all those years, only one badly (Hurricane Fran took down tens of thousands of very large trees; this was back in the ‘90’s....very scary).
Anyway, it’s a great place for numerous other reasons, but the weather really is outstanding.
Roanoke is pretty mild, but it’s not without its weather troubles. Most recently, the Derecho that swept through knocked most of the city and surrounding communities off the grid for up to a week.
In 1985, there was a devastating flood when the remnants of a minor hurricane stalled out over it, drenching the city for 5 days.
As a rule, the area is protected by its mountain ranges from tornados. Only if a hurricane comes up from the Gulf, do we get hit, although there have been exceptions (Hugo comes immediately to mind).
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