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.
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)
- Toronto, Ottawa, and Sudbury, in Ontario
- Montréal and Quebec City, in the Province of Québec
- Halifax, in Nova Scotia
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.