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Old 12-11-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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So i am considering moving to Chicago for a job opportunity. Cold weather makes me very depressed, so i am wondering if this will bother me in Chicago? I know Chicago is colder than Philly, but it is a significant difference? From people who have lived in both places, would you say that Chicago is a lot colder than Philly, or are they relatively similar? I guess i am wondering if the weather would be a relevant factor to consider when making a decision between Chicago and Philly. Winter in Philly is cold but tolerable most days... only a handful of days each year are really awful. I can handle a little bit of cold weather, but if it is extremely cold all the time i do not think i will like it.

I have heard great things about Chicago otherwise. Philly is also a great city and i have friends and family there, but i may have an opportunity in Chicago, so i am considering the move.

Thanks very much!
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Old 12-11-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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So i am considering moving to Chicago for a job opportunity. Cold weather makes me very depressed, so i am wondering if this will bother me in Chicago? I know Chicago is colder than Philly, but it is a significant difference? From people who have lived in both places, would you say that Chicago is a lot colder than Philly, or are they relatively similar? I guess i am wondering if the weather would be a relevant factor to consider when making a decision between Chicago and Philly. Winter in Philly is cold but tolerable most days... only a handful of days each year are really awful. I can handle a little bit of cold weather, but if it is extremely cold all the time i do not think i will like it.

I have heard great things about Chicago otherwise. Philly is also a great city and i have friends and family there, but i may have an opportunity in Chicago, so i am considering the move.

Thanks very much!
Chicago is a little colder than Boston, and Boston is several hundred miles north of Philadelphia, so this is a good indicator. Philly has many winter days over 40 degrees, while Chicago will have a number of days in the teens, so I think that you'll feel the difference.

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Old 12-11-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I lived in Both. There are more "awful" days in Chicago than in Philly. That is pretty much the main difference.

But really? It comes down to weather? What about dreams, career goals, and compensation? The difference in winter temps between the two cities is not big enough to be a factor when you are considering moving for your career.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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I've lived in both too.
Philly has 4 actual seasons, evenly distributed by each of the 4 seasons. Historically, Philly had rough winters during its 3 month stretch but not anymore. You'll get a couple of dustings and maybe 2 real snow accumulations. Plus the temp ranges from the mid 20's to mid 30's in winter. It also melts fast. Longtime residents miss the snow and the sledding opportunities. Most blame it on Global Warming.
Chicago has 2 1/2 seasons. Summer is from around June 7th through September 15th. It the most glorious summer in the nation (and I've lived everywhere).
Fall consists of grey days temps in the 40's. First snow will hit usually on Halloween. Winter temps range from around the -10's to the low 20's. There is lots of snow that sticks around for a while and gets dirty with city dirt. There is also ice, but since Chicago is flat as a pancake, you can't get in too much trouble driving. Walking is a problem because the City has an ordinance thats states if the property owner shovels the public sidewalk, the property owner is legally liable for any accidents, etc..Actually, there are many sunny days during winter because it gets a lot of Canadian North High pressure systems that dissipates any clouds-ie..the clearer the sky, the colder the day.April feels like winter is finally leaving but does get socked with some furious snowstorms historically.
If you are looking for more sun, less snow/ice and warmer temps, I'd say Philly. If you want to live in the best American city in the nation, buy a Sunbox Light therapy lamp, get a big down coat and head up to Chicago.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Cary, North Carolina
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Chicago is colder by quite a long shot. If you don't like snow at all, don't even think about either cities. Both cities will usually get temperatures below 10 every year. Here are the averages: (From Wikipedia)
PHILADELPHIA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high F (C) 74
(23) 79
(26) 87
(31) 99
(37) 97
(36) 102
(39) 104
(40) 106
(41) 102
(39) 96
(36) 84
(29) 73
(23) 106
(41) Average high F (C) 39
(4) 42
(6) 51
(11) 62
(17) 72
(22) 81
(27) 86
(30) 84
(29) 77
(25) 66
(19) 55
(13) 44
(7) 63.3
(17) Average low F (C) 25
(-4) 28
(-2) 35
(2) 44
(7) 55
(13) 64
(18) 70
(21) 69
(21) 61
(16) 49
(9) 40
(4) 31
(-1) 47.6
(9) Record low F (C) -7
(-22) -11
(-24) 5
(-15) 14
(-10) 28
(-2) 44
(7) 51
(11) 44
(7) 35
(2) 25
(-4) 8
(-13) -5
(-21) -11
(-24) Precipitation inches (mm) 3.52
(89.4) 2.74
(69.6) 3.81
(96.8) 3.49
(88.6) 3.89
(98.8) 3.29
(83.6) 4.39
(111.5) 3.82
(97) 3.88
(98.6) 2.75
(69.9) 3.16
(80.3) 3.31
(84.1) 42.05
(1,068.1) Source: The Weather Channel[26] 2008-09-27CHICAGO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Record high F (C) 67
(19) 75
(24) 88
(31) 91
(33) 98
(37) 104
(40) 105
(41) 102
(39) 101
(38) 94
(34) 81
(27) 71
(22) 105
(41) Average high F (C) 30.7
(-1) 36.1
(2) 47.4
(8) 59.2
(15) 71.3
(21) 80.8
(27) 84.7
(29) 82.3
(28) 75.1
(24) 63.2
(17) 48.0
(9) 35.6
(2) 59.5
(15) Average low F (C) 16.2
(-9) 21.3
(-6) 30.6
(-1) 40.2
(5) 50.9
(11) 60.7
(16) 66.3
(19) 65.0
(18) 56.7
(14) 44.9
(7) 33.6
(1) 22.2
(-5) 42.4
(6) Record low F (C) -27
(-33) -21
(-29) -12
(-24) 7
(-14) 27
(-3) 35
(2) 45
(7) 43
(6) 29
(-2) 14
(-10) -2
(-19) -25
(-32) -27
(-33) Precipitation inches (mm) 1.95
(49.5) 1.78
(45.2) 2.83
(71.9) 3.82
(97) 3.86
(98) 4.16
(105.7) 3.82
(97) 3.91
(99.3) 3.45
(87.6) 2.79
(70.9) 3.22
(81.8) 2.76
(70.1) 38.35
(974.1) Snowfall inches (mm) 12.9
(327.7) 10.3
(261.6) 6.0
(152.4) 1.4
(35.6) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0) 0.1
(2.5) 2.3
(58.4) 10.1
(256.5) 43.1
(1,094.7) Sunshine hours 44% 49% 51% 50% 58% 67% 66% 62% 59% 55% 38% 43% Avg. snowy days 6.2 6.2 4.5 1.0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.2 2.7 7.2 28.1 Avg. precipitation days 11.2 8.9 11.7 11.6 11.0 10.3 9.5 9.6 8.9 9.7 11.5 11.3 125.2 Source: National Climatic Data Center[36] 1971 - 2000 Source #2: Illinois State Climatologist Office[37] 1971 - 2000You can see that Chicago is a lot colder than Philadelphia.
They didn't have the snowfall averages for Philly, but for the
whole year, it is 30.4 inches.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Cary, North Carolina
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Okay that did not come out right, so I will try it again.

For Philadelphia, (Month/High/Low)
Dec/43/30
Jan/39/25
Feb/39/28
Mar/49/35
Average Snowfall, 30.4 inches.

For Chicago,
Dec/36/23
Jan/31/17
Feb/36/22
Mar/47/31
Average Snowfall, 43.1 inches.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:51 PM
 
Location: North BX
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Default Chicago Produce vs Philly Produce?

would argue Chic would lose this
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Both cities have rotten winter weather but Philly is less rotten than Chicago
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Chicago has 2 1/2 seasons. Summer is from around June 7th through September 15th. It the most glorious summer in the nation (and I've lived everywhere).
Fall consists of grey days temps in the 40's. First snow will hit usually on Halloween. Winter temps range from around the -10's to the low 20's.
June 7th to September 15th is a bit tight.

The highs usually break through 70 for an average in May, and by June 1st are nearing 80 degrees.

This year was pretty cool compared to the 9 years I've been here, but on average June through September are in the upper 70's and mostly 80's.

October is normally one of the nicest months. Averages right between 60 and 70, crisp air, but normally pretty sunny and awesome "fall" weather.

First snowfall other than a flurry or two hits between Thanksgiving and the first week of December (Halloween would be very very early for any snowfall).

There are definitely a lot of COLD days though, and then the days in the 20's through 40's in between. It's usually a roller coaster up and down and up and down. Most snow doesn't stick for more than 2 weeks because of this, and the city gets maybe 2-3 decent snowfalls per year. Usually less than the northeast and out west of us. The winter weather that was stated from -10's to low 20's is a bit lower than normal. It certainly gets that cold - but anything 10 degrees below zero is definitely about the coldest you'll get here. Usually a few days per winter. Average I would say is around mid 20's. Of course you don't remember the 50% of the time it's normal though. You just remember the 25% of the time it's up in the 40's or even 50's, and the 25% of the time it's in the single digits and below zero during the day.

Nighttime is definitely cold. I think during the coldest weather in January the avearge says a low of 18, with Chicago's lowest average highs during the winter right at about 31-32 degrees.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: By the lake
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Overall Chicago is just a little colder than Philly. Last time I went to Philadelphia in January, I did not see it any warmer than Chicago. Both cities have cold winters but you may see more snow in Chicago. But overall Chicago is better than Philadelphia so therefore it makes up for it. Chicago is city of opportunities. If I had to pick between Philly and Chicago, Chicago would win, hands down! The few degrees colder in Chicago will not make me choose Philly. I would see a big difference between LA's winter weather vs Chicago's winter weather but Philly vs Chicago is no big difference!
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