Summer in California isn’t as great as summers in Minnesota or Washington. At least, that’s what thrillist.com would have you believe.
According to a list the site posted, which is actually inverted and ranks all 50 states by how miserable their summers are, Washington is the least offensive (in other words, the best) at No. 50, followed by Minnesota, Rhode Island, Oregon and Hawaii. California sits a little lower, at No. 43.
The state with the most miserable summers? Mississippi, because, “It’s so hot. It’s hot, and there’s nothing to do.”
But here’s what Thrillist had to say about our fair state:
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“There is a case to be made for the grossly hot weather inland, as the average high temperature in places like Fresno hits 96 by August, but even that’s not ridiculous and anyway, California has 3,427 MILES of ocean shoreline, and another 32K of lakeshore. A couple of years ago, a former Google engineer made an interactive chart to showcase the places with the “most pleasant days” every year (taken from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data) and Southern California dominates, with both L.A. and S.D. having more than 180 “pleasant” days a year. In fact, the top five most pleasant places are all in California (the recent heat wave notwithstanding). THERE IS A REASON THE MAMAS & THE PAPAS WROTE THAT DAMN SONG.”
OK, not bad. But maybe you think California should still be closer to its West Coast cousins, especially when we note one of the states between us and them.
That would be New Jersey, which barely missed the top 5 and came in right after Hawaii, even as the writers couldn’t resist the mandatory Snooki reference, a factor that in itself should drop the state 10 spots.
If the list had come out a few days later, they also could have included the fun detail of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying a summer day on a deserted state beach he closed as part of a government shutdown.
If you think New Jersey’s got better summers than the Golden State, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Or at least one to shut down.
So Thrillist can have its little list. It’s time to blast some “California Dreamin’.”