Detroit Has Only 66 'Pleasant' Days A Year

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Nearly 71 inches of snow has dropped on Detroit. That's basically the height of Julia Roberts. And, anecdotally speaking, does the sun even exist anymore? Just kidding. Of course it does. If it didn't we'd be dead.

We're in the middle of one of the snowiest, coldest, meanest winters in the history of Michigan. But let's not talk about that. How about the pleasant days?

Kelly Norton, a designer living in Atlanta, Georgia (a city that has had its fair share of snow problems), put together this map that tells you how may pleasant days each zip code gets a year. So what's a pleasant day? Good question. He defines it as this:

“Pleasant” here means the mean temperature was between (55° F and 75° F), the minimum temperature was above 45° F, the maximum temperature was below 85° F and there was no significant precipitation or snow depth.

WDET's zip code is 48201. And we get ONLY 66 "pleasant" days! Of course defining "pleasant" with data may not be the best way to define "pleasant". How would you do it? What's your definition of pleasant in Detroit? Or do we actually, only, get 66 pleasant days a year?

In any event, remember this. In this middle of this winter dungeon, keep calm and remember we have, at the very least, 66 "pleasant" days to look forward to.

Top five places that have the most pleasant days:

• LOS ANGELES, CA 183 days/yr
• SAN DIEGO, CA 182 days/yr
• OXNARD, CA 166 days/yr
• SIMI VALLEY, CA 156 days/yr
• SAN FRANCISCO, CA 153 days/yr

And the five places where pleasant days are slim pickings:

• MC ALLISTER, MT 14 days/yr
• NORTHEAST OF RENO, NV 15 days/yr
• CLANCY, MT 15 days/yr
• DOUGLAS, WY 15 days/yr