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Weather ranking puts Rochester near bottom

Rochester Business Journal
July 22, 2014

Rochester ranks among the worst cities nationwide for its weather, a new report from WalletHub shows.

WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—compared 600 U.S. cities based on year-round weather conditions for its 2014’s Cities with the Best & Worst Weather.

WalletHub assigned each city a percentile ranking so a city with a value of 10 ranks in the top 10 percent of cities for a particular category.

At 99th, Rochester ranked in the bottom 1 percent, tied with its neighbors to the east and west—Buffalo and Syracuse—in both mild weather and the four seasons.

WalletHub noted routine weather conditions cost the economy as much as $485 billion annually. The organization also noted weather plays a role in mood, productivity and earning potential.

The report looks at nine key metrics including humidity, precipitation and snowfall, as well as odds of poor and extreme weather.

“Most of us don’t consider the weather beyond how it dictates the clothes we put on our backs. But weather can affect more than just our outfits,” the report’s authors note. “It impacts our daily lives—and wallets—in often under-considered ways, ranging from total monthly energy bills and local infrastructure costs to commute times and insurance premiums.”

The majority of the mildest cities are in California, the report shows, while many of the cities ranked in the 99th and 100th percentiles are in the Northeast and Alaska. Rochester ranked in the 99th percentile—or the bottom 1 percent—in terms of worst cities for lovers of individual seasons, while Buffalo ranked in the 99th percentile for worst cities for mild weather lovers.

Of the 600 cities ranked, Rochester ranked 593th for worst sky conditions. Santa Ana, Calif., ranked first for best temperature and humidity and Mesa, Az., ranked as the best city for precipitation and snow.

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John Messenger at 10:21:02 AM on 7/23/2014
This is crazy. I love the climate here in Rochester, lake effect snow and all, and especially the long, glorious summer & fall weather where it's pleasant enough to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, including just sitting at outdoor cafes without being tied to air cond...  Read More >

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