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Old 05-16-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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It is only mid-May & the deserts are already over 100F each day & only getting hotter. How do people survive living in places like Palm Springs\ Palm Desert\ La Quinta\ Borrego\ El Centro? Summer heat lasts for nearly 6 months of 100F-110F temperatures & nights that need air conditioning just to get some sleep.

Is that a climate you could live in?
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Old 05-16-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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My 82 year old mother gets out at 6:00 and plays golf 3 times a week all year long. Then she goes inside for the rest of the day. One gets used to it
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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Same people that live in Phoenix or Yuma year round.
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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As stated above, you just get used to it. Also, with how dry it is, it's not so bad. I love the La Quinta area and would definitely consider moving there, however my SO won't hear of it. There are many benefits to living out there if you can stand the heat.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:28 PM
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Most of world, aside from coastal CA, has a crappy climate and/or air quality....some combination of cold/slush and/or heat/humidity

HVAC for houses/offices/shops/restaurants, climate-controlled cars and garages were invented almost 50yrs ago

Waste of time figuring out which place has a more crappy climate....LV or FL or NYC or Chic or Dall or Hou, etc...really comes back to economic opportunities and indoor QOL in any of these places
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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If you tally the total number of annual hours that are in the "sweet zone" (let's say 75F-90F) for any given climate location, Palm Springs fares very well. The next question then, is whether you prefer the "penalty hours" be above or below the "sweet zone": would you rather be uncomfortably warm or uncomfortably cool?
Some people's personal thermostat seems to run low. They can't stand chilly temperatures and their sweet zone might be closer to 85F-100F. They would prefer that the out-of-zone temperatures they have to suffer with be even hotter rather than uncomfortably cool. Those people tend to end up in places like Fresno, Palm Springs and southern Arizona. Other people's thermostats seem to run high. Their sweet zone might be closer to 55F-70F and warm temperatures are the worst climatic penalty they can think of. They tend to end up in places like Half Moon Bay, peninsular San Francisco and the Oregon coast.
One of the enjoyable aspects of living in a warm climate is that the sweet zone slowly migrates to different parts of the day. During the winter, it may be just an hour or two in the mid-afternoon. During spring and fall, most of the day falls in the zone...maybe just a short siesta-time heat peak in mid-afternoon. During early summer, "the zone" starts before daybreak and lasts for only a few early morning hours. During the shank of summer, the comfort zone may disappear entirely for a number of weeks -- a good time for a vacation up north.

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Old 05-16-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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Is that a climate you could live in?
No, I couldn't. I had a very cushy consulting job in Palm Springs, near the airport. I worked there for over a year. I was astonished at how really hot it got during the depths of summer! I remember going outside for exercise and wearing nothing but shorts and Reeboks, and was still too hot, and that was in the evening hours!

The smart people in Palm Springs leave for houses in cooler climates in summer, particularly the "depths of summer."
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Summer heat lasts for nearly 6 months of 100F-110F temperatures & nights that need air conditioning just to get some sleep.
The average high temperature in Palm Springs is above 100 for four months, June through September. And yes, some sort of cooling system is essential for sleeping well at night during the summer - not a big deal. Air conditioning isn't always required. Evaporative coolers work very well most of the time, and they cost about 1/3 of what it costs to run an air conditioner.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Today: Palm Springs - Hi: 102F Lo: 72F
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Southern California Mountains
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Go to Idlyllwild during the summer days and look down on Palm Springs and vicinity as it shimmers with the desert heat. A sweet 15-30 degrees cooler. And a gorgeous drive.
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