QUOTE(starlagurl @ Oct 1 2008, 09:18 AM)
Hmmm... I know you're worried about climate a lot and it seems to be dictating your travel choices. I'm finding it kind of frustrating!
One thing to remember about weather is that it changes a lot. No matter how much research you do on climate etc. etc. you could still find yourself in a snowstorm in the middle of October in Florida... or a hurricane in BC... or what have you wherever.... the possibilities are endless, and weather is just part of the fun.
I mean, if I let my fear of a rainstorm stop me from going out on my motorbike literally, every weekend this summer, I wouldn't have been anywhere at all.
True I agree, weather changes year to year but typically in the Northwest states it will generally rain all winter and I tend to drive less as it becomes more difficult to see. You are right though I can't dictate my travels based on weather really.
A rainstorm is less likely in the summer, sure the possibilities are there but you have to base it on what is more likely... we know that Florida is more likely to have hurricanes late July through September because it is more likely than in January even though the possibilities are there.
So I still somewhat consider weather a short factor, I don't think its a wise idea to just chance it at any given time of the year and ride out any particular weather hurricanes and tornadoes especially. But that isn't going to stop me from traveling when it is less likely.
I'm ok with the Florida weather, thats one particular reason to start out. I've lived in Oregon for 15 years I've seen a fair share of snow and quite frankly the last few winters we've had I think I've seen too much snow and if I'm driving an RV I particularly want to stay away from snowy conditions I can handle rain here and there and don't wholly mind rain. I just want to avoid places where its going to rain more than 50-75% of the time (Seattle, Vancouver, BC) during the winter.
Again I'm fully aware weather is unpredictable, who knows next summer Vancouver, BC could end up seeing rain for most of the summer but it is generally unlikely (whoever said God doesn't mind breaking world records? Cuz it seems like he does some strange stuff!