Seventy percent is usually a landslide victory … especially when the other side scores “zero.”
While I won’t come right out and cry fraud, I will say it is “fraudulent thinking” to focus on the wrong numbers.
Last summer, 70 percent of its days pushed the mercury above the 100º F mark … with almost 15 percent of those topping 110º F.
Compare that to Naples Florida: not a single summer day rose to that extreme, and even more damning – only 0.5 percent hit the measly 95º F mark. (Phoenix summers best that mark almost 85 percent of the time.)
But don’t announce a winner quite yet!
The “Fahrenheit scale” only counts half the votes of “how hot it feels.” The other half is humidity, which – in the dubious claim of which town is hotter – Naples wins hands down.
Both are “hot.”
But this isn’t a matter of whose numbers are right or wrong, its a matter of civic pride:
I’ll take humid days in the low 90s any day over the oven-dried 110 variety …
(Even if an Arizonian might see it differently).