11 September 2006

Northerly Climes

Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher is in central France. Our region is called Le Centre. We are located south of the Loire River, which is the traditional dividing line between northern and southern France.

Saint-Aignan’s latitude is about 47º25". It’s about 140 miles south and slightly west of Paris, and a little less than 300 miles south of London.

Click the map to see it at full size

We are pretty far north as compared to most of the continental United States. San Francisco is well south of Marseilles, for example. Marseilles is actually a little farther north than Boston. My home town in North Carolina is farther south than the southern tip of Spain.

Here’s a list of some U.S. cities and towns that are actually farther south than Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher:
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Great Falls and Missoula, Montana
  • Moscow, Idaho
  • Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Plattsburgh, New York (also Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Syracuse)
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire
  • Caribou, Maine (and the rest of the state)
...and in Canada — remember, these are farther south than St-Aignan:
  • Toronto, Ottawa, and Sudbury, in Ontario
  • Montréal and Quebec City, in the Province of Québec
  • Halifax, in Nova Scotia
Because Saint-Aignan is so far north, we have very long hours of daylight in June and July, with sunset around 10:00 p.m. or later. We also have very short hours of daylight in December and January.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream and the influences of the Atlantic Ocean and Loire River, we have a mild climate, with just minimal snow in the winter. The temperature only rarely goes down as low at 20ºF (-7ºC).

Can you tell I’m starting to think about winter? Fall is in the air. And that’s despite the fact that these last few days have been sunny and warm — even hot.


  1. Today has been pretty hot, a bit over 85ºF. We're not complaining...

  2. Non, ,non, on ne se plaint pas :-) (encore 26° à 21 h ce soir !!!)Si seulement ça pouvait durer... Bises et bonne soirée ! Marie

  3. It's in the high 80s here also. Very pleasant since there's a bit of a breeze. The hickory nuts and acorns are falling though, so Fall's on its way...

    I enjoyed your map and thinking how far North you are located, Ken. I grew up below the Ohio river which separates our North and South.

    Bises et bon soir,

  4. Marie, il fait presque trop chaud, mais pas comme en juillet quand même.

    Evelyn, your weather sounds like ours. The walnuts and chestnuts are falling here, and the blackberries are ripe (along with quinces, plums, and other fruit). It's supposed to be hot for a couple of days still.

  5. Yes, when I lived in Montbazon I often found it strange to think it was north of Tacoma -- interesting observations.

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