Barometer, Barometer on The Wall, Who Is the Fairest Of Them All?
When meteorologist Brian Lynch moved to Bonham 15 years ago to work for the National Weather Service in the city, he wound up settling in Elm Street, but it wasn’t because of the neighborhood’s claim to the city’s best weather.
“I didn’t know much about the area when I moved here, and I wanted to be close to the freeway,” he says. “As it turned out, this ended up being a really good place to live.”
From his home on the Elm Street, Lynch has come to know a great deal about the city’s weather patterns. He even authored a 2016 update to a National Weather Service publication titled Climate of Bonham.
According to Lynch, Bonham’s casual reputation as the sunniest neighborhood in a region is not accurate.
“Everyone says “sunny Bonham”, and it is relatively sunny,” he points out. “But the further east you go, the sunnier it will get”, for that reason, Anna Hill, particularly the eastern slope, wins top honors for the sunshine, he says.
Bonham is also somewhat windy, because of its position on the left side (the more sheltered, eastern side) of Johnson Peaks.
“The wind effect is called a ‘down-slope wind”, Lynch says. “When you have wind moving over a range of mountains or hills, the wind tends to run down a hill, in the simplest terms”.
Lynch notes that the extreme variations in temperature for which city is famous occur mostly in the summer. “In the winter, the city has very little variation at all. At times in the winter, depending on the year, the best weather is near the ocean.”