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Thread: Do you like the climate/weather where you live?

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    My husband retired a couple of years ago, and we think we want to move. We live where it is 90 - 105 degrees four to six months out of the year. You don't really want to spend much time outside in that. We are outdoor kind of people so we would love to move somewhere where it is nice to be outside 75% of the time. We also love the seasons, so we don't really want (nor can we afford) coastal California type living. Neither of us has lived in major snow areas, so we are a little hesitant to move to a place where we would be snowed in for 6 months of the year. Is there a place where it is NICE to be outside a large portion of the year???

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    Iowa is a good place to be. We have both rural and metropolitan areas so there is something for everyone. Yes, we have snow and cold, but it rarely keeps you in doors very long. We have wonderful outdoor sports for everyone one and age and we have all 4 seasons. We do have some hot, humid weather in July/August, but not for too long. I live in a University town so there is a lot of things going on, but the atmosphere is of small town as well (Ames, IA).

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    I love Michigan but that depends on what you like. I am an indoor person too and Like all the seasons we did have a couple hot days near 100 but most of the time it is in the 70"s winter can be iffy sometimes we get a lot of snow but the plows are good and when I worked I only missed a couple of days here and there to to weather. I live in Northern Michigan near the tip of the mit.

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    North Carolina has it all and it's not hard to get from one end to the next :)

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    We live in a great location here in So. Calif. One hour to the beach in one direction, one hour to the mountains or go east and end up in the desert then out west is Hollywood, if that sort of thing is of interest to you.

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    I live is So. Cal. - 6 miles from the Mexican Border, love the temperature but the prices can be a pain. But I used to it after 38 years. My sister just moved up to Camano Island in Washington State from Rialto CA. You have the 4 seasons, it can be a culture shock, but we were raised in Edmonds WA so she knew what she was getting into. They have a lot more rain, but people are still out and about because for the most part it is gentle rain. I would recommend a prolonged visit before actually moving there. The gray can really depress a lot of people.

    They have state sales tax and property taxes (no Prop 13 though) but no state income taxes.

    I have never lived in Oregon, near the coast, it is beautiful and they do not have the sales tax. Also, they pump your gas, no extra charge compared to what we pay in San Diego.

    Good luck!

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    I pretty much like the weather here in upstate NY - yes, even the snow - but if I could, I'd change it so that we had just one more month with leaves on the trees. As it is, we have green leaves 5 months, colorful leaves 1 month, and then... well, you gotta get used to black, white, gray, brown and taupe.

    My taste in seasons, as in fabrics, runs more toward "colorful"!

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    I love where I live...just wish we had tropical weather...I despise cold, ice, snow, naked trees and anything winter related....I have pictures if I ever want to see any of it again

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    I'm originally from Florida, living now in Minnesota, and I can honestly say...I DO NOT LIKE IT...

    Like Jim above, I hate winter (which is about 8 months up here), and when summer finally gets here, the bugs come out...we have mosquitos and these biting gnats here, and believe it or not, growing up in Florida with summers spent in southern Alabama, I never knew gnats would bite till we moved here.

    If someone told me I had to choose between two places to live, it would be Hawaii (for obvious reasons), or central Tennessee...I really like that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    North Carolina has it all and it's not hard to get from one end to the next :)
    NC would get my vote, too. Wilmington/Carolina Beach area would be my first pick. Ashville would be my second.

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    My father lives in a small town in Idaho (payette) and loves it. He gets some snow but not enough to keep him in and most times temps are close to ours here in no. California. He's close to Oregon for shopping tax free and housing prices seem to be really reasonable.

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    I love it here.. We're in Idaho and being I'm from the midwest I would NOT go back there. I despise humidity with a passion.

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    We live in paradise!!!!

    We are in one of the most temperate climates in America. We are 10 miles from the coast so we occasionally get coastal fog. Most of the houses in our city do not have air conditioning. It is only really needed a few weeks of the year. We get by with ceiling fans. We don't(rarely) get frost (very bad for the citrus trees) We have even gone thru winters where the furnace only kicked on 3 times the entire fall/winter. If you go up the grade to Thousand Oaks, it can be 10-20 degrees hotter or colder. That's only 10 miles away
    However it is very expensive to live around here.

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    Same here in silicon valley. Cost of housing is high but there are some great adult communities that are based on income. We really don't have all the seasons here though. We bought a couple places in Texas (Hamilton) thinking we would retire there but since they have had months of 104-110 heat we are looking other places also. Really hard to beat most of California's weather

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    U prob wouldn't like it up her! We have 4 seasons. Winter cold! Gets below zero a lot. Mosquitoes in spring but it's beautiful! Slower paced! Wildlife!!

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    Sydney! :mrgreen: Our winter is around 64.4 F our summer is quite hot and muggy - but its worse in New York. Doesn't get past 91.4 that often :D

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    I'm a Michigander and love where I live. I love my seasons and my lakes. I don't fish, boat or swim much anymore, but it sure is nice to go to the parks for walks and picnics. I like my snow (for short periods). When I'm stuck in, it is a great excuse to sew and read.

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    Ditto spend prolonged visit to any place you might want to live.

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    Too windy and cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I pretty much like the weather here in upstate NY - yes, even the snow - but if I could, I'd change it so that we had just one more month with leaves on the trees. As it is, we have green leaves 5 months, colorful leaves 1 month, and then... well, you gotta get used to black, white, gray, brown and taupe.

    My taste in seasons, as in fabrics, runs more toward "colorful"!
    Lots of white! especially up this way!

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    Alabama is a really nice place to live. It is HOT (triple digets sometimes) , it is COLD (sometimes snow) , it is DRY (our pond is down about 3 feet right now) , it is WET and it is HUMID. And sometimes it is PERFECT ! ! ! If you don't like the weather in Alabama, stick around a while and it will change. But have been here all my life and can't imagine being anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genafan201
    I'm originally from Florida, living now in Minnesota, and I can honestly say...I DO NOT LIKE IT...

    Like Jim above, I hate winter (which is about 8 months up here), and when summer finally gets here, the bugs come out...we have mosquitos and these biting gnats here, and believe it or not, growing up in Florida with summers spent in southern Alabama, I never knew gnats would bite till we moved here.

    If someone told me I had to choose between two places to live, it would be Hawaii (for obvious reasons), or central Tennessee...I really like that area.
    Bite your tongue!!!!!! We are known world wide for our Mosquitos. They are the size of an SST. Sound the same, also. We also have big black flies that bite the hell out of you. We have the most beautiful Monarch butterflies and around this time of year, the wasps come out - go to the Minnesota State Fair. You will learn about our wasps that cling around the trash cans. They hurt! The sound of the Cicadas this time of the year is like a mourning song, ending the summer and preparing for winter. It is a beautiful sound. The sunrises and sunsets are so pretty. Except when we are getting ready for a good old fashioned gully-washer. Then the skies are green! Minnesota is the greatest state of all. It is probably the cleanest state in the union, relatively no air pollution, the people are helpful, most are kind and giving. We have skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, the Winter Carnival in St. Paul and summer Aquatennial in Minneapolis (we live on the east side of the river) so there is a little friendly jealousy going on back and forth. Actually, I don't like Minneapolis, there streets are alphabetical. Our streets are named after Universities, Hamline, Wellesley, Stanford, famous scientists like Pascal, streets named after the contractor of a new addition's granddaughter like Melodie Lane or something that will go down for generations "My great grandpa named this street after me". That's St. Paul. We have great fishing here, Lake Mille Lacs, where the best Walleye in the world is caught. We have Minnesota Nice and that is great. Except for thems that don't like your driving 45 miles per hour in a 45 mph speed zone - should really be going about 65 or 70. That, we call keeping up with traffic. Gotta do that - Can't call it 25 mph over the speed limit. We have the greatest neighbors in the world. We are always there to help whenever necessary or for whatever, no questions asked. Anyone say to you "Could you do me a favor?" We never say "What", we always say "Sure". We have lived in our neighborhood for the 51 years we have been married, never thought of moving out of the neighborhood. Good grief, we share everything. Except our spouses, but then our spouses are so great, who would want to. Then they could never be neighbors or friends!!!!!!!

    I will also admit one more thing. We are surrounded by super neighbors, well almost surrounded, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Basically, they are like we are. It is a joy to visit their states for vacations which actually we do. What would surround our state then would be Canada and they serve McDonald French Fries with vinegar. We use catsup, and lots of it.

    We have other sports in Minnesota - We have the Vikings, the Twins, the Wild and the Timberwolves. We have iceskating rinks and warming houses. We have snow shoveling in the winter and lawnmowing in the summer. I have learned that if you mow your own yard, you can walk close to a mile, which is 2,000 steps which equals 100 calories and that is good for an ice cream cone. We have Grand Old Days, we have the Marathon in October that is probably the most beautiful marathon in the whole United States. We have the Science Museum, the Museum of Natural History, we have a Railroad Roundhouse museum ("Head for the roundhouse, Nellie. He can't corner you there!"). We have the Mississippi River and most important, the headwaters of the Mississippi. We are the home of 3M.

    One more thing, what I love the most about St. Paul is that they roll up the rugs and turn off the lights around 9:00 PM and are up again around 5:00 AM. That's my Minnesota!!!!! Edie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    North Carolina has it all and it's not hard to get from one end to the next :)
    ditto
    my folks live in the Asheville area and absolutely love it. it has lots to do, and lots for seniors. they are not wealthy and find the housing to be very affordable. if i didn't have my DGKs here in MN, i'd move to NC.

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    Nebraska is good. It does get hot in July and cold in January, but all in all, once your retired it doesn't matter, you can stay in during the heat of the afternoons and stay in when its cold.

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    I like Texas most of the time...but this summer has been
    horrible...hot, hot and more hot...no rain. Please send rain.

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