I have a confession to make which is that I really do not like sunny weather! Most people recoil in shock and horror when they hear this but I can’t help it, it’s true. I like a day at the beach as much as the next person, but in general, bright sun hurts my eyes. I am not super into rain, but will take some nice clouds any day of the week. Similarly, I am not into being super hot. I actually like winter! I like feeling cozy and warm in my apartment, watching the snow fall down outside.
When I moved to Pittsburgh I was excited for what I imagined to be a gray, overcast city with 11 month winters. I am here to tell you that…this is not the case. The truth is that the weather here is really quite moderate and for the most part, quite lovely. There are many, many, beautiful sunny days. Summer days are hot and sunny and perfect for those who wish to enjoy swimming in one of Pittsburgh’s many public pools, boating on one of its three rivers, or hiking in one of its numerous, shady recreation areas. While a typical winter does involve snow, it’s really not that bad. For the most part, the city is prepared for snow and life just goes on. And the quantity is not as much as you might think. Did you know that the 2010-2011 snowfall total for New York City is 57.7″, compared to just 40.8″ for Pittsburgh (as of 2/21/2011)?
Of course I was personally disappointed to find myself in such an unexpectedly lovely climate. But if you are contemplating a move to Pittsburgh and are hesitant about the weather, well…my loss is your gain.