Intriguing map of counties in the U.S. that indicates how much snow must fall before schools close:
As in, if one special snowflake hits the ground, the world simply stops turning down there.
The dark blue is for 24 inches. Yes, literally 2 feet of snow has to blanket the earth before they even think about canceling school. Funny stuff, but I actually find this map quite instructive. I love mountains, and I love a modest amount of snow (emphasis, MODEST) so I wouldn’t want to live in a state where it didn’t at least snow a few times a year on average. That’s why I’m noting with interest that small sliver of light blue along the Tennessee/North Carolina borders where the Smokies are located, and gradually deepening in blue as you move up to West Virginia. This was one of the few places east of the Mississippi that I thought about moving to, and it marks one of the rare areas of the South (or Mid-Atlantic) where I wouldn’t find myself cursing the humidity and the heat 12 months out of the year.
Due west there is of course Colorado, and I’m pleased to see some of my favorite travel destinations in that state have lighter shades of blue. Montana though, lolz. Arizona however turned out to be a surprise for me. I had always written off the entire state as an arid, intolerably hot desert climate but as it turns out, from the central region where Flagstaff is located and going due north, it actually has a much more temperate climate, with sometimes significant amounts of snow during the winter. I traveled Route 66 going east in Arizona last October, and I was amazed to see how the landscape morphed from brown and dead to a green and lively forest region as I approached the town of Williams. For that reason I added Arizona to my list of potentials (my current tally is 13 possible states).
I’m not actually moving by the way, this is just stuff I like to think about as I await the day when I can finally leave New York for all time, forever and ever, amen and amen.