Start Planning Now, Because We Found the Perfect Family Road Trip

posted: 03/10/16
by: Ashley Lauretta

The weather outside has been a bit frightful the past few years, and this year is no exception. Usually the West Coast is the most consistent when it comes to the seasons -- or lack thereof -- but with predictions for a strong El Nino, that is all changing and affecting the rest of the country, as well.

The unpredictable weather patterns can cause travel nightmares in any state, but thanks to one climatologist, your annual family summer road trip does not need to be postponed for a year.

According to The Washington Post, Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist based in Anchorage, Alaska, has mapped out the perfect U.S. road trip that looks to offer perfect weather all year.

Though, of course, it can't be guaranteed the weather will be perfect every day, he analyzed data from the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI), using average temperatures and almanac information to predict what climates will be like in certain states during certain seasons.

This data leads to Brian's map, which during the summer months when school is out, takes you through Pittsburgh, Chicago, northern Wisconsin, Canada, Alaska, Washington and Oregon. If you'd like to drive through the southern states, you'd want to wait for the beginning of next year, according to Brettschneider.

We should note that when it comes to defining what 'perfect' weather is, Brettschneider chooses to use 70?F as his benchmark. If you're a fan of hotter temperatures -- more like 80?F -- he has created a second road trip map just for you.