This Road Trip Has the Best Weather Ever — and You'll Spend the Most Time in This Southern State
To make a great-weather road-trip come to life Anchorage-based meteorologist Brian Brettschneider settled on a temperature of 70ºF for the route he created that rose the ranks of internet fame in 2015. "It's something completely arbitrary that I came up with. In speaking with many people over the years, it seems that a majority, or plurality, of people zero in on 70°F as the definition of a comfortable temperature," Brettschneider tells Southern Living.
Originally posted on his site, Brian B's Climate Blog, Brettschneid shared a 13,235-mile road trip through America and Canada for travelers to follow for a 70ºF normal (a meterological term for a "smoothed average for a 30-year period," as the scientist explains it) high temperature.
This week, Condé Nast Traveler shared more about the route in their "Maphead" column, revealing some interesting insights on the zig-zagging adventure. "Brettschneider's route begins at the southern tip of Texas on January 1, and winds slowly northward. You won't enter Oklahoma until early April, and will spend that month on a leisurely drive east toward Washington, D.C.," explains writer Ken Jennings, noting that you'll spend more time in Texas than any other state. "In May, you head back west, through Chicago and into Wisconsin, and your summer will be spent on a giant loop through Canada and Alaska. Your northernmost point, Fairbanks, Alaska, will be reached in early July." After Alaska, the journey takes you along Oregon's coast, before traveling east to Nebraska and then heading to Missouri and Oklahoma on your trip back west to San Diego for New Year's eve.
"I am a Native Texan so my perspective on the Texas segment comes from both a climate science point of view and from my own personal experiences. One of the requirements about putting the route together involved connectivity. The route could not ever dead end. I required the route to start along the U.S./Mexico border. By March 1st, only areas south of I-10 in Texas have a normal high temperature at or above 70°F. That meant it took two months to get from Brownsville to near San Antonio. You only need to move 5 miles a day during the first two months. Very easy to do even at a walking pace," Brettschneider explains to Southern Living. "Starting in March, the northward progression of the 70°F line moves much faster. In fact, it takes only one more month to make it through Texas and into Oklahoma — 11 miles per day. The Texas section is probably the most manageable of the entire route. No mountains, descent access, and a time of year where heavy rainfall is uncommon."
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But if 70ºF seems too cool for your Southern genes, fear not. Brettschneider also created a 9,949-mile weather data-driven road trip with an 80ºF normal high temperature. See the route on the The Washington Post here. Who's ready to follow the sun and take that work sabbatical?