I'm trying to find all the areas of the US that have my ideal climate, and I'd like to do so by playing with data. Is there an app, site, or method that can help? (Or can you?)
I think all the data is available at a site like this
, but I can't figure out if there's any way to access it that supports my use. Findyourspot.com and articles called things like 'America's Best Climates' try to, but only include a limited set of places, and don't let me get my hands on the data.
My ideal would let me adjust filters and show the qualifying locations on a US map.
The climate I'm looking for:
-Seasons, including color change in fall and a little snow in winter. E.g., I might filter to average annual snowfall 5"-25".
-Notably milder winters than Boston. E.g., I might filter to average daily high in January >44°.
-Notably cooler summers than Boston. E.g., I might filter to average daily high in August < 85°, maybe with humidity considered, too.
-Rainy enough to be green, but not remarkably rainy. E.g., I might filter to >190 sunny days per year, or maybe < 60" annual precipitation, with some limits for 'too dry' as well.
-Not climactically obnoxious in other ways I might not have thought of yet.
With all of these filters, I'm not interested in the results for any one particular year, but across years -- say the last 5 or 20. Depending on the results, I'd like to adjust the filters, tightening them if there are tons of results, loosening them if there aren't many at all, or otherwise trying stuff out.
So far, I think there are parts of the North Carolina mountains and parts of Oregon and Washington east of the mountains to look into further. If you know more spots, I'd love to hear them. Even more, I'd love to know how I can discover all the spots that qualify with these filters, and with others I might try out.