Spokane ranks 7th in 'Cookout Capital' list - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane ranks 7th in 'Cookout Capital' list

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a list of U.S. City's ranking them in order of the best places to grill, Spokane ranks seventh.

The Northwest took four of the top 20 rankings in the list of 100 cities that is announced annually by 'Blue Rhino,' a brand of propane tank.

Using the National Weather Service data from the previous grilling season, the list - now in its third year - ranks continental U.S. cities with populations equal to or greater than 99,000 based on the number of ideal grilling days.

Ideal grilling days are defined as days during the months of May through August, with temperatures under 90 degrees and having no precipitation.

"There are thousands of great places to grill, as our Cookout Capitals list shows," said Tod Brown, president of Blue Rhino. "In fact, in 15 years of partnering with the nation's best retailers to provide propane tanks for cooking out, we haven't come across a bad place to grill yet!"

Top 20 Cookout Capitals for 2009 (2008 rankings in parentheses):

1.   Los Angeles (3)                     11.  Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. (11)
2.   San Francisco/Bay area (2)   12.  Las Vegas, Nev. (52)
3.   San Diego, Calif. (1)              13.  Portland, Ore. (13)
4.   San Jose, Calif. (-)                 14.  Billings, Mont. (41)
5.   Sacramento, Calif. (6)           15.  Detroit, Mich. (40)
6.   Eugene, Ore. (5)                   16.  Colorado Springs, Colo. (-)
7.   Spokane, Wash. (7)              17.  Lansing, Mich. (20)
8.   Fresno, Calif. (24)                 18.  Midland-Odessa, Texas (75)
9.   Reno, Nev. (2)                       19.  Albuquerque, N.M. (62)
10.  Salt Lake City, Utah (28)      20.  Denver, Colo. (78)


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