How’s the weather where you are?

I thought this was fun: a site where you can compare weather statistics for multiple locations. I chose to take a look at how where I live now, Morris, Minnesota, compares to where I grew up, Seattle, Washington. It turns out I’ve had to adapt to wider temperature swings.

No surprise, but it rains more in Seattle…but we get a bit more rain in the summer here. Morris is also a heck of a lot windier than Seattle.

Go ahead, compare your weather to mine. Now we can do it with data!


  1. says

    We’re finally back to seasonal appropriate temperatures in Edmonton after what may be seen as a heat wave with highs reaching as high as 10 recently, but there is still very little snow left on the ground. Basically all that’s left is patches of ice on grass and in parking lots. Sidewalks and roads are mostly dry.

  2. says

    Interesting! The weather in Clearfield, PA is pretty much on the same curve as Morris, MN, except that your average low-point is 10 degrees lower. That makes a huge difference, in practice.

  3. lumipuna says

    It turns out I’ve had to adapt to wider temperature swings.

    All these years you thought it was just erratic weather. Now, turns out it’s…climate change.

  4. robro says

    What!? You used “DATA”!? Republicans forgot to ban that word.

    As expected, comparing with San Francisco gives pretty much the same thing as zetopan’s San Jose chart. Weather conditions in the Bay Area don’t vary a lot. The lack of seasonal variation bugs some people, but personally I’m fine with it.

    Jacksonville, Florida (my childhood home) is also fairly flat compared to Morris…though about 10 degrees warmer in the summer and a whopping 50 degrees in the winter.

    The significant difference for Jacksonville over these others is the Chance of Mugginess which is 80% or higher from June to October. I will never understand why anyone wants to live in those insufferable conditions. (In addition to insufferable weather, there are a lot of red necks arrogantly proud of their ignorance.)

  5. Ogvorbis wants to know: WTF!?!?!?! says

    WIlkes-Barre, PA has a similar curve to Morris. Ten degrees warmer, but a similar curve.

    Still waiting to find out (1) if the GOP shuts down the government and, if they do (2) I get to go to Florida. Which is much warmer.

  6. Callinectes says

    I learned:
    Both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are the same all year round.
    Seattle is a clone of England.
    Nome, Alaska is terrible.

  7. cgilder says

    I’m in Missoula, and we must be on the same latitude, because our daylight hours are nearly identical. You have slightly colder winters, but similar summers. Missoula doesn’t deal with super cold unless we get a high pressure ridge that traps the cold air in the valleys with us. (Except for last winter. Last winter was recording-setting.) You have muggy days, which I was so glad to leave behind when I left Texas. 15% humidity is pretty standard here, I think because we’re in the rain shadow of the Bitterroot mountains.

    That was fun.

  8. kevskos says

    As i thought, Yuma AZ has a much different weather pattern than either Morris or Seattle. One interesting similarity. Around late July and early August all three converge at 70% for chance of clear skies, Morris and Seattle’s best chance and Yumas worst.

  9. jrkrideau says

    South-Eastern Ontario and you have slightly more overall variance and extremes (Lake Ontario effect) but otherwise track very closely.

  10. quatguy says

    The weather in Victoria BC is very similar to Seattle, just a little less wet (rain shadow effect from the Olympic Mountain Range) and slightly more windy (closer to Juan De Fuca Strait?).

  11. emergence says

    I live in a city in Southern California. The graph for snowfall was a flatline. The graph for rainfall is also pretty much the inverse of the one for Morris. On the plus side, we don’t really have a distinct growing season. I’ve seen farmers out working the fields all year round as I drive to my university. The state’s still on fire though. A couple of weeks ago, the weather condition for my area was actually listed as “smokey”.

  12. John Morales says

    Impressive. It has data for my township (just over 1,000 people), and seems accurate enough.

  13. blf says

    Heh. I compare the Mediterranean port village where I live in S.France to Morris & Seattle, and it’s largely what you’d naïvely expect. Some possible interesting points:

    ● The village’s “Average High and Low Temperature” band is almost identical to Seattle, just roughly 5°F(!) hotter year-around for both the highs and lows. There’s a slightly greater range at this time of year than in Seattle. Unsurprisingly, then, the “comfortable” period of time is longer than both Morris and Seattle, the six months from beginning of May to end of Oct.

    ● Except for a very brief time in c.Oct, the village’s skies are consistently clearer than both Morris and Seattle.

    ● It’s fairly rainly this time of the year in the village, otherwise, both Morris and (esp.) Seattle are positively drowning in comparison. (From memory, this area is, technically, semiarid.)

    ● What’s this “snow” thing of which Morris has lots?

    ● Except for a brief time in c.May, the village is, on average, consistently windier (by as much as 2mph(!)) than Morris. Thank you mistral !

    ● Both the “Tourism” and “Beach / Pool Score” are off-the-chart for the village, compared to both Morris and Seattle, as is the “Average Water Temperature”.

    On that last point, the mildly deranged penguin points out this area is famous for its sundried long pig. Each year loads of long pigs come to the beaches to slather flavouring sauces all over themselves and then dry out in the sun.

  14. Asad Aboobaker says

    What’s sad is that WeatherSpark used to be an even better site. They had these great weather charts that showed history and predictions as well as averages in the form of interactive (scrollable/zoomable) time-series plots. Unfortunately they built their site using tools that ended up being deprecated and didn’t have the funding to rework their site using modern tools, so it has now become a shell of what it formerly was.

    RIP old WeatherSpark! You’re gone but not forgotten.

  15. Onamission5 says

    Interesting. I compared Asheville and Seattle, and it seems we’re about equally damp– Asheville consistently so and Seattle having an actual rainy season– but Asheville is hotter, colder, and windier. Seattle wins with most daylight and higher peak of tourism, but Asheville wins with longer tourist season overall. We have a shorter growing season, which is weird.