The Hottest Day in Each State

NOAA Climate.gov/NCEI
NOAA Climate.gov/NCEI

Here’s the good news: By the end of July, most areas of the U.S. will likely have already experienced the hottest day of the year, Newsweek reports. But if you happen to live in parts of Texas, southern Florida, or the West Coast—where the hottest day typically occurs between August 1 and September 1—you’re not in the clear just yet.

A map of the U.S. showing the warmest day of the year by location was created using climate data from the National Centers for Environmental Information.

Climate map of the U.S.

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Alaska and Hawaii
NOAA Climate.gov/NCEI

It wasn’t just temperature that was considered, either. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), precipitation, snowfall, and frost and freeze dates from 1981 to 2010 were also taken into account to create climate normals, or averages of several climatological variables.

Looking at the different colors represented on the map, it’s clear that the hottest day of the year varies greatly—from the beginning of June to the end of October—depending on the region.

Texas is an especially unique case because its hottest day varies from June 1 to September 1. One region bordering the Mexican state of Chihuahua tends to see its hottest day pretty early on, in the first half of June, while another region near Corpus Christi tends to heat up at the tail end of August. That’s also the case for parts of coastal California, Hawaii, and Louisiana.

Different environmental factors are to blame for the disparity, such as the monsoon season’s effect on temperatures in the Southwest. The hottest period in that region tends to be in June, right before the clouds and rain roll in, NOAA notes.

Although the map outlines a “normal window” for hottest temperature based on historical data, there are always exceptions to the rule.

[h/t Newsweek]

The Most Talked-About Cat and Dog Breeds in Each State

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Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Every pet parent thinks their fur baby’s breed is the brightest and cutest—and in a way, they’re all right. But some breeds are more popular on social media than others, and we’re not talking about the number of followers your munchkin cat or blue-eyed husky has on Instagram.

As Veterinarian’s Money Digest reports, TrustedHousesitters—a website that matches travel-loving pet parents with trusted pet sitters—analyzed more than 3.5 million social media posts (on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) across the country to determine the most widely discussed cat and dog breeds by state. As it turns out, the most talked-about feline and canine breeds are Persians and bulldogs, respectively. Persians are the top talked-about kitty in 31 states, and bulldogs are social media stars in 13 states (although the findings didn't distinguish between English and French bulldogs).

More than half of all social media mentions of pet breeds came from Californians, who apparently love to discuss their animals online. Some of the findings are unsurprising—like the fact that the husky is most popular in Alaska, or that the Maine coon is most popular in Maine—while others are harder to explain. (Take, for instance, South Dakota’s affinity for short-haired Abyssinian cats.)

The analysis also took smaller pets into consideration. Lizards are discussed more frequently than any particular cat or dog in Las Vegas, and micro pigs are surprisingly popular in Arizona. For the adorable evidence, just look at the Instagram hashtag #AZMicroMiniPigs.

Check out the interactive map below to see where your kitty or pooch’s breed is most popular.

[h/t Veterinarian’s Money Digest]

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavor in Each State

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iStock.com/billnoll

Buttered popcorn and black licorice are perhaps the most divisive jelly bean flavors ever created. But there’s a reason why the Jelly Belly factory keeps churning them out year after year: In 13 states across the U.S., people are sifting through their bags of candy beans specifically to get to the black or yellow-speckled beans, according to CandyStore.com’s interactive map of the most popular jelly beans by state.

Buttered popcorn is the top choice in the largest number of states, having been identified as the favorite flavor in California, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Connecticut. “Our fans are vehement about buttered popcorn,” Rob Swaigen, vice president of marketing for the Jelly Belly Candy Company, said in 2014 on the occasion of the popcorn jelly bean's 25th anniversary. “They either love it and can’t live without it, or they don’t care for it and want it to go away.”

If this map is any indication, buttered popcorn isn’t going anywhere. Neither is black licorice—the third most-popular jelly bean in America, right after cinnamon. CandyStore.com’s map is based on 11 years of sales data, as well as the results of a survey taken by more than 12,000 candy lovers. The website also recently released a ranking of the 10 worst Easter candies and, lo and behold, generic jelly beans are the sixth most-hated confection among survey takers. “Those off-brand, dried out looking jelly beans are always either cracked or look like they’re ready to crack,” one survey respondent commented.

As it turns out, people are pretty particular about their favorite flavor and brand of jelly bean. So is your state rooting for cherry, juicy pear, or root beer? Find out in the map below.

Source: CandyStore.com.

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

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