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Miami among Ten Worst ... Cities

Sunday, 09.12.10

 

Farmer's Almanac lists Miami among `Ten Worst Weather Cities'

   

MIAMI HERALD STAFF

 

Ask anyone: Miami's weather is miserable. Right?

Well, not according to the famed Farmers' Almanac. They've found something terribly wrong with Miami's summers and put us among the ``Ten Worst Weather Cities,'' a list of destinations where the temperatures rise, or fall precipitously.

In naming Miami's summers the most unbearable, here's what the almanac said:

``When it comes to sticky, wet, oppressive summer heat, few cities in America can stand up to Miami. Though pleasant to visit during winter months, Miami's subtropical climate becomes excessively hot and humid during the summer months.''

And there's more:

``Add to that the fact that it is right in the line of fire for most tropical storm and hurricane activity, and its frequent thunderstorms, with an average of 44 inches of rainfall each summer, and it becomes clear that Miami is no summertime tropical paradise.'' Rounding out the top 10 worst summertime cities: New Orleans, La., Dallas, Texas, Mobile, Ala., Corpus Christi, Texas.

At the other end of the spectrum, the city with the worst winter was Syracuse, N.Y., followed by Duluth, Minn., Casper, Wyo., Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Mich.

Farmers Almanac said it came by the list while attempting to name the best weather cities by polling more than 13,000 Facebook fans.

``The funny thing about weather is that some people enjoy what most of us consider the worst weather, snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes,'' notes Farmers' Almanac editor Peter Geiger, Philom.

``We've even had people ask us where to move to for the best place to see tornadoes, believe it or not.''

The list took a number of meteorological factors into consideration, including average summer and winter temperatures, humidity, precipitation, and the number of overcast days.


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