By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
This is the time of year when weather comparisons start to bite. Massive snowstorms and cold in the East and Midwest compared to sunny skies and warm temperatures in the Southwest and west coast. This shot of a coastal meadow in Mendocino County north of Ft. Bragg isn't meant to antagonize any snow-shoveling agents near Boston, but if you have ever wondered why people pay more to live in California, this may be a clue.