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Los Angeles Has 183 'Pleasant' Days A Year

Sunny skies over the PCH (Photo by Howard F. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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We always knew deep down that Los Angeles has the best weather in the nation, but now it's official! An interactive map rating U.S. cities with the largest number of "pleasant" days ranks us with having on average 183 a year.

We're number one! We're number one!

Design and software engineer Kelly Norton (who hails from Atlanta, GA) poured over 23-years worth of weather data from NOAA and designed a map that revealed how many days of lovely temperature we get. According to Norton's website (via The Atlantic Cities), the way he measured the "pleasant" days are as follows:

“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

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Kelly Norton's interactive map showing L.A. has 183 "pleasant" days a year (Image via Kelly Norton's website)
Norton had spent a good amount of time in January flying back and forth from New York. "Whichever way I went, bitter cold greeted me at the end of the jet way and often with a coating of slick ice," he wrote on his website. "It’s hard not to dwell on anomalous and unpleasant weather. It got me wondering, though, where in the U.S. do you go if you want the most “pleasant” days in a year?"

While Los Angeles may have been first in the rankings, San Diego came in a close second with 182 days with other Californian cities (not surprising) like Oxnard, Simi Valley and San Francisco in tow.

Hmm, San Francisco though? We find that a little suspect since the Bay Area has some serious dreary weather. Even 30 Rock made some cracks about San Francisco weather in this clip: