Monday, November 19, 2007

Saranac Lake, NY vs Lake Clear, NY Weather

Saranac Lake, NY is often reported as the coldest place in the USA during the winter. This is not exactly true. The temperatures reported for Saranac Lake are taken at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, NY about 8 miles northwest of the village of SL.

If you go to weather underground and scroll down to "State Extremes", you will see that the low temperature for SL is reported as 1 degree F. But if you put your cursor over the link you will see that the link is for airport/KSLK.

The actual low temperature for SL was actually quite a bit higher....14.1 degrees F. You can verify that by going to the Petrova Elementary weather station site located in the village of Saranac Lake.

Coldest spot in the nation gives bragging rights to the residents of Saranac Lake. But what good are bragging rights based on misinformation?

3 comments:

Scoop said...

Right, no one lives at the airport?

Scoop said...

I have no idea why I put a question mark at the end.

It must be because my wife was born in SL and I must be cold.

Anonymous said...

Same thing with the weather data provided for Glens Falls. It's actually taken from the Warren County Airport in nearby Queensbury.