Someone posted a page of Mérida weather stats on Facebook, and I compared them with the closest city available, New York.
Some surprising, and not-so-surprising, comparisons:
Mérida is higher than New York. Yes, New York City is low-lying, only 10 feet above sea level. Although flat, Mérida towers over New York City at 72 feet. I guess I should be happy about that when hurricanes come.
Mérida’s average yearly temperature is 79; New York’s is 54. I guess that’s not so surprising. (My apologies if you prefer celsius, by the way).
Mérida’s warmest average months, at 91 degrees, are April, May and June. In New York City, it’s hottest in July, where it averages 82. OK. Seems like September gives those months a run for their money. The Facebook link was posted by someone happy about cooling rain the forecast.
Coldest months: Mérida in December, January and February average 66 degrees, which seems really cold after all the recent heat. When it gets colder than that, the newspapers print photos of blue, shivering children and the schools shut down for a health emergency. Scarves and gloves are handed out. But it’s never, ever gotten below 44.6 degrees, according to Wikipedia. It’s an average of 27 degrees in New York City each February.
Humidity for the year: 74.7 percent in Mérida. Oy. It’s only 58.3 percent in the big, sweaty apple. That’s a big issue.
By now, if you haven’t given up on a boring blog post with stats and numbers, you’re waiting to be really surprised. Would you be surprised to see that New York City is actually sunnier than Mérida? New York City logs 2,656 “sunshine hours,” or periods of bright sun, compared with Merida’s 2,072. Merida’s sunshine hours top out at 6.8 hours on average each May; it’s a full 10 hours in New York each June. Howzzat? But Mérida’s shortest day in terms of bright sunshine, 4.9 hours each January, is longer than New York’s shortest sunshine day: 4.5 hours in December.
This had me panicked, until I remembered that the Internet will tell you anything you want to hear. So I searched Wikipedia for alternate, contradictory data. Bingo! Another weather stats page says Hartford (which is about an hour upstate from me) has 2,585 hours of sunshine a year. They say Mérida has 2,748. So Mérida wins by a nose, using figures I had to hunt for. Still not an overwhelming sunshine advantage.
And one last no-brainer, included just to make me feel better. Days of frost: New York, 78; Mérida, 0. So lots of New York’s bright sunshine was no doubt recorded by someone walking around in slush.