It’s winter! Welcome to the season when conversations center around the weather and how unbelievably cold and miserable it is outside.
In most of America, winter sucks. It is cold out. Pipes freeze. Lips, noses, and cheeks get chapped and raw. Black ice kills. It’s horrible.
Growing up in Alberta, I have experienced the personal hell that is winter’s awkwardly long, frigid embrace. That’s why I’m a snowbird.
Seeing how I’ve already danced with state rankings of places to avoid between November and April, I thought it was time to rank the traditionally warm weather states on the best winter weather. Think, the U.S. Sunbelt.
Anyway, I’ll be hanging out this winter a warm-weather snowbird roost in the Southwest.
Below the rim of the Great Basin sits Utah’s warm-weather retreat, the town of St. George. And there’s good reason they call this area Utah Dixie.
Like New Mexico and Nevada, you can generally count on the fact that winters will be packed with sunshine.
#9. New Mexico
Did you know that New Mexico is basically southeastern Arizona? I mean, in the sense of topography, They both have high plains, mountain ranges, deserts, and basins.
Other than in the northern reaches of the state, Nevada’s generally pretty well protected from the worst aspects of winter.
While North Mississippi can get hit with a little blizzard action (snow tornadoes!), it’s far from the norm. And even when a cold snap does hit, people are generally back to porch-sittin’, sweet tea-sippin’ weather in no time.
There are also 26 miles of pristine water and white sand beaches in Mississippi, without anywhere near the number of tourists or tacky T-shirt shops you’d find in Florida. And, unlike the other beach towns on the Gulf, Biloxi and Gulfport have casinos. And don’t overlook funky Bay St. Louis.
Overall, Mississippi is a state with reasonably painless winters.
You think they’d have Mardi Gras in February if that wasn’t an ideal time for a party?!?!! Wait—what do you mean “it’s set by the church calendar to always fall the day before Ash Wednesday?” Well, you think they would’ve petitioned the pope for a change by now if that humid subtropical climate didn’t laissez les bon temps rouler?!?
Yeah, I have no idea either, I guess.
If I could eat in only three states for the rest of my life, Louisiana would be in this select group.
More to the point, y’all know the high regard to which I hold the food culture of Cajun Country and the rest of Louisiana (thank you for Tabasco, po’ boys, gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya, boudin, and crackling) and nature abounds.
It started out a dream
A simple someday soon
But we worked hard
and made it real
This snow-bird life
behind the wheel.