50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: Climate

By Richard Burke
50th Anniversary History Subcommittee

Not too cold, not too hot, just right!

One of the most important reasons, if not the most important reason, why couples from the Northeast and Midwest change location when they retire is to escape the snow and cold winters. This has been Florida’s magnet for the past century. But more and more people are rejecting Florida for reasons unrelated to weather. When that state is eliminated, Savannah has been impartially judged to have a better climate than virtually all other possibilities in the southeast.

In a recent review of climate conducted by The Wall Street Journal and drawing on data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association’s Climate Normals Database, only two cities outside Florida made their list of “the top 25 best climates in America:” Charleston and Savannah. Not too cold, not too hot, not too wet, not too dry, and a high number of clear and sunny days:

Savannah, GA 
> Average annual temp: 66.7°F
> Avg. days/year of rain: 110
> Avg. days/year below freezing: 27
> Avg. # of sunny days/year: 152

Click here to read about all 25 cities with the best climate.