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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #60 on: April 14, 2003, 12:06:15 am »

By now, we all know that Jan Helfeld wrote a climate report on the 10 states.  I decided that we needed a lot more details and so I made a much more in-depth report.  Both reports are good, but they look at different things.

Mine looks at:
Sunshine
Humidity
Winter Temperature
Snowfall
Wind

I tried to cover cities of all sizes from all over the 10 states.

http://www.freestateproject.org/climate3.htm
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State Allergy Rankings Request
« Reply #61 on: April 17, 2003, 02:12:36 am »



   With my nose running and eyes watering here in my home state of NC, I was wondering if anyone could put together a ranking of the FSP states for their allergies and allergens.  It sure would be nice to get away from this stuff every spring.....

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Re:State Allergy Rankings Request
« Reply #62 on: April 17, 2003, 10:40:53 am »

Whatever data is presented, it is not going to be particularly encouraging.  

North Dakota is probably going to be your best bet simply because of its harsh and long winters and relatively dry climate in most of the state.

Face it, you are never going to escape allergens.  I highly recommend prescription strength medicines and consulting with a medical doctor, an allergist or ear-nose-throat specialist.  Find- out what it is that most affects you.  If it is mold and fungus related, stay away from humid areas.  If it is pollen, find out what types.

Another  thing to look for is to avoid living in cities or towns that are basins, where inversions keep all the pollutants, natural and otherwise, in the air.

On the bright side, when you first move to a new locality, a place with new allergens, your body hasn't had much of a chance to develop antigens against them.  You may actually find your first season mostly allergy free.  I have found this true of everywhere I have moved.  You can keep this low-antigen reaction in your body for longer by taking drugs like Singulair and corticosteroids.

Some more advice:
Keep your floors clean.
Try to live in a place that is either free of carpet, or with newer carpet, at least have your carpets cleaned frequently (once a month even).  Carpet is bad for people with allergies.  I have read some pretty credible studies actually attempting to link the increased prevalence of carpeted floors in homes with the rise of asthma in children.

Much less effective, but helpful, are having air purifiers.  Make sure to install good filters on your heating/air-conditioning sytems and change them regularly.  For some people, having evaporative coolers helps them, as they tend to "wash" the air of pollen and dander, for others the fungus these can grow only aggravate their conditions.

 

crunja, since this is something in your interest to know more about, why don't you take the time and research the states and let us know?


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Re:West Nebraska climate in Southeast Wyoming
« Reply #63 on: May 29, 2003, 01:54:29 pm »

If Wyoming became the Free State, other pieces of nearby states may try to annex to Wyoming.
Scottsbluff may again try to get Lincoln to let it join with Cheyenne instead.
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Meanwhile, our friends in the Panhandle, already feeling like the state's poor relation, are eying Wyoming with affection because of the Cowboy State's low taxes,

Could then Rapid City split from the big city of Sioux Falls for the same reasons?

All the Black Hills in one big Free State!
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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #64 on: June 11, 2003, 03:01:08 pm »

Additional info:

Average January Temperatures for selected Wyoming cities:  Â Â Â Â Â Â 
Cheyenne, WY                        26.4 F      
Cody, WY                               24.1 F    Â Â Â Â Â Â 
Casper, WY                  22.3 F
Yoder, WY                              27.0 F       
Pine Bluffs, WY                      26.8 F      
Wheatland, WY                       28.2 F      
Sheridan, WY                          20.0 F      
Rock Springs, WY                  20.1 F      
Laramie, WY                           20.2 F      
Yellowstone Park, WY           19.1 F      
      
Average January Temperature for other selected cities:      
Grand Forks, ND                    5.3 F   
Sioux Falls, SD       14.0 F
Anchorage, AK       15.8 F
Burlington, VT       18.0 F
Augusta, ME       19.0 F
Berlin, NH                                 14.6 F      
Concord, NH       18.9 F
Keene, NH                                20.9 F      
Glasgow, MT       10.8 F
Great Falls, MT                         21.2 F      
Miles City, MT                          16.0 F      
Butte, MT                                16.7 F      
Helena, MT                             19.8 F      
Idaho Falls, ID                        20.5 F      
Coeur d Alene, ID                   28.6 F      
Pocatello, ID       24.4 F
Wilmington, DE       30.4 F
Source: ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/support/climate/taps/


Of course, these numbers will have no validity when the super volcano that's currently doming in Yellowstone erupts . . . look for infernally hot temps, blistering winds, lava raining down, falling ash, etc.    ;)

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/planetearth/volcano_monitor_010807-1.html

http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/volcanoes.html
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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #65 on: June 12, 2003, 01:42:06 am »

Of course, these numbers will have no validity when the super volcano that's currently doming in Yellowstone erupts . . . look for infernally hot temps, blistering winds, lava raining down, falling ash, etc.    ;)

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/planetearth/volcano_monitor_010807-1.html

http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/volcanoes.html

To quote the first link, “In the July 2001 issue of the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, University of Wisconsin geologists Ilya Bindeman and John Valley report new evidence indicating ‘a high probability of a future catastrophic eruption sometime within the next million years, and possibly within the next hundred thousand years.’ ”

To quote the second link, “One of the world's largest, the super volcano beneath Yellowstone last erupted over 600,000 years ago, covering a 3000 square mile area with volcanic ash. In other words, ash blanketed over half the United States. Recent measurements indicate that over the past century the earth above the Yellowstone magma chamber has risen almost nineteen inches--telling evidence of building pressure. Since the Yellowstone super volcano erupts approximately every 600,000 years, the next eruption may already be overdue.”

So, sometime with in the next Million years, for sure, but maybe within 100,000 years...  heck, maybe today…1/2 of America will be covered in ash.  How cool.  Well, what do you want me to do?  

If it was just a small eruption much more damage would be done to the population centers of MT (Bozeman, Billings, Butte, Helena) and Idaho (Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls) than would be done to Wyoming.

So, if you actually take this as a threat, you should really view it as a negative for MT and ID first, Wyoming second, and ND / SD third.  

Here is a map on volcanoes,  
http://www.usgs.gov/themes/map2.html
It shows Idaho is the worst state but does not include Alaska, which is likely the worst state.

However, I am not concerned.  Tornados are a more immediate threat.  There is more of a danger of Tornados in Delaware than any of the other states.  South Dakota, North Dakota and New Hampshire are also somewhat dangerous as far as tornados.  On the other hand, Alaska is the best(least damage from) state for Tornados.  

What about hurricanes?  Surely, they are worst in Delaware.  However, sometimes a little bit is felt in Maine, New Hampshire, and even Vermont (maybe).
http://www.usgs.gov/themes/map5.html

For earthquakes it looks like the worst states in order from worst to best are:
MT, ID, WY, ME, VT, all of the others are clear (likely AK is the worst but it is not show) http://www.usgs.gov/themes/map1.html  

Landslides?  From worst to best:
VT, NH, ID, WY, ME, SD, MT, DE and ND (AK is not shown)
http://www.usgs.gov/themes/map3.html

Flooding?  ND and SD are worst.  ID and MT have some though, even VT seems to flood. http://www.usgs.gov/themes/map4.html

If you look at the big pictures, Wyoming seems to be the best,
http://www.usgs.gov/themes/animationmap.html
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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #66 on: June 26, 2003, 12:06:32 am »

I'd be more interested to see average temperatures than average precipitation.  My guess is Idaho will be the warmest and even that is cold to me.
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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #67 on: June 26, 2003, 02:57:53 am »

I'd be more interested to see average temperatures than average precipitation.  My guess is Idaho will be the warmest and even that is cold to me.

There is a ton of info on this thread on in the 3 different state climate reports.  In the Winter, DE is the warmest, followed by ID and WY.  

What are you looking for that was not on this thread or one of the 3 reports?  I'll try to help you find it.
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Re:Coasts, water supply, humidity -- again and again we read this...
« Reply #68 on: August 05, 2003, 10:01:59 pm »

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In NH or VT it isn't that humid.
Yeah, right.
Compared to Louisiana,
Missouri isn't that humid either.
When people here note that eastern Dakotas are more humid than western Dakotas, then New England is darn humid.
At least Vermont is inland and may not be as saturated as the coast.

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Weather Data
« Reply #69 on: August 21, 2003, 04:07:01 am »

For those concerned about the climate of the candidate states, I have the compiled the following:

http://www.freedombyfaith.com/FSP/WeatherCharts/

In particular, see

http://www.freedombyfaith.com/FSP/WeatherCharts/WeatherbyCity.gif

I think you'll see that among some of the top choices, the weather is pretty similiar. You get about 3-4 months of "good" weather, half a year of "decent" weather and half... not so decent. But my point is, weather really isn't all that different amoung the front runners that it should effect your choice very much. I hope you'll choose based on the climate of the people, not thermometer.

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Hope to be neighbors with all of you some day!
« Last Edit: August 21, 2003, 04:08:04 am by matt621 »
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Re:Weather Data
« Reply #70 on: August 22, 2003, 01:38:15 am »

Thanks for the post Matt.  There are three climate reports on the FSP website.  Here is the most indepth one, http://freestateproject.org/climate3.htm .  The report covers a ton of stuff and compares the states and their cities.  It shows that there is some difference.  For example, Idaho has much better weather than either Vermont or Maine.  At the same time, DE has much better weather than Montana.
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« Reply #71 on: August 22, 2003, 03:38:53 am »

Hi, and thanks.  One thing tho.... I don't mean to cause any trouble, but I didn't use data from smaller cities because they don't really have enough to make it statistically accurate. For example, using Wy which is one state I've researched a lot, on the average snowfall chart, it shows Rock Springs Wy as 44 inches per year, but at Green River it shows only 25 inches per year. They are only 20 miles apart. Also,  Casper, Kaycee & Yonder are w/in a 60 mile radius, but they vary from 39", 45" to 82". Dubios, Pavillion, Thermopolis, & Riverton are all w/in 70 mile radius, and they vary from 18" to 22" to 28 to 29 to 43". It could be that there are other factors, (elevation) or they might really be that different, but when I see such numbers I tend to discount them. Not that anyone is doing anything wrong, just that there doesn't see to be enough data to be accurate. So I ignored cities that didn't have enough data to be representative.

Still I very much appreciate you pointing out the page. It is helpful.

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Re:Weather Data
« Reply #72 on: August 22, 2003, 03:52:05 am »

Hi, and thanks.  One thing tho.... I don't mean to cause any trouble, but I didn't use data from smaller cities because they don't really have enough to make it statistically accurate. For example, using Wy which is one state I've researched a lot, on the average snowfall chart, it shows Rock Springs Wy as 44 inches per year, but at Green River it shows only 25 inches per year. They are only 20 miles apart. Also,  Casper, Kaycee & Yonder are w/in a 60 mile radius, but they vary from 39", 45" to 82". Dubios, Pavillion, Thermopolis, & Riverton are all w/in 70 mile radius, and they vary from 18" to 22" to 28 to 29 to 43". It could be that there are other factors, (elevation) or they might really be that different, but when I see such numbers I tend to discount them. Not that anyone is doing anything wrong, just that there doesn't see to be enough data to be accurate. So I ignored cities that didn't have enough data to be representative.

Still I very much appreciate you pointing out the page. It is helpful.



The records go back sometime and are government records so...  However, some parts of Wyoming are in the mountains (or right next to them) and some are not and that has a lot to do with snow.  The same is true for other states.
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Re:State Climates Report
« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2003, 10:23:59 pm »

The critics about the small towns of southeast Wyoming don't understand. Those small towns are in the crosshairs of development. They'll be Cheyenne suburbs before the ranchers realize what happened.  Let's hope those suburbs are populated by Porcupines rather than Coloradans.
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Re:Wind in the FSP states, states ranked by wind speeds
« Reply #74 on: September 08, 2003, 07:30:05 pm »

I think the wind in New Hampshire beats every other state.
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Especially when they get those hurricanes and primaries.
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