The Modesto area, including Turlock, has once again found itself atop a national ranking, but this time it’s for something good.
The WalletHub Report recently ranked the Modesto area has having the best city for lovers of individual seasons.
WalletHub ranked 600 of the largest cities in the United States based on two sets of weather conditions: one for lovers of mild weather year-round and another for lovers of individual seasons. The report’s authors used nine key metrics such as humidity, precipitation and snowfall as well as odds of poor and extreme weather and then calculated each city’s monthly weather score by ranking the cities according to each metric and its corresponding weight. Based on the ranking, percentiles were identified for each city. Given the fact that they evaluated 600 cities, some of which are geographically close to one another, the authors assigned each city a percentile rank. For instance, a value of 10 means that city belongs to the top 10 percent of cities in a particular category.
The authors evaluated both Turlock and Modesto. For winter and spring, the two cities were ranked in the top 6 percent of the cities. For fall the area ranked in the top 3 percent and for summer, even with the 100-plus degree days, the area was ranked in the top 1 percent.
Turlock and Modesto also were each ranked fourth for the best overall mild weather.
The city with the worst individual four seasons and worst overall for mild weather was Juneau, Alaska. The cities with the best mild weather overall was Arden-Arcade in California.
In the United States, routine weather events such as rain and colder-than-average temperatures can cost the economy as much as $485 billion annually, according to the report. On an individual level it can impact energy bills, local infrastructure costs, commute times and insurance premiums.
“Directly or indirectly, weather conditions and the prevailing climate are a significant factor in local infrastructure costs and personal decision making,” said Jill S. M. Coleman, an associate professor of Geography at Ball University and one of the report’s authors. “For instance, when purchasing a home people often consider the monthly heating/cooling bills, hazard insurance requirements (e.g., flood), seasonal snow removal, lawn maintenance, and water usage restrictions among other factors in their decision making process. However, some weather related costs (or savings) are often offset by non-weather related impacts. Pleasant driving weather could shorten commute times with increased speed but the potential savings could be counterbalanced by increased roadway congestion and reduced fuel economy.”
To see the full report visit http://wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-best-worst-weather/5043/