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Old 03-04-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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In Colorado the wind is going to blow significantly on a majority of days. If you don't like wind you will not like Colorado.

For me personally I always found the wind more a pain in the butt than other weather issues.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:31 PM
 
Location: PNW - Greater Seattle Area
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I hear what you all are saying on the wind issue. Having been born and raised in the Seattle area for 33 years, I can't imagine it being even close to the rain and constant gloom we have to endure for 8 months a year though. I can't imagine much of anything worse than this... Oh had badly I want to move...
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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I hear what you all are saying on the wind issue. Having been born and raised in the Seattle area for 33 years, I can't imagine it being even close to the rain and constant gloom we have to endure for 8 months a year though. I can't imagine much of anything worse than this... Oh had badly I want to move...
Colorado is a great series of microclimates, but wind is a steady feature of Colorado weather. It is at the cross roads of weather patterns sweeping across the USA from the West, the monsoon from the southwest, cold canadian air from up north and gulf air from the southeast. Add in the dramatic elevation changes with thermal currents running up and down the mountains every day and it's a market for a lot of wind.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:44 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Having spent ~30 yrs in Colo Front Range (Masonville) and 30 yrs in the WINDY west Columbia Gorge (Cape Horn) w/ 100+" of rain (200+ days / yr)... I will take Colorado any day, (Spouse says NO, doesn't like BROWN 8 months / yr).

For town centers... Boulder is much windier (closer to Mtns). Both CoS and FC have plenty of wind, but at least you can stand up and walk (40mph is usually strongest sustained (gusts 60-80), usually only that bad for a few weeks in Spring). Boulder more frequently can see 60- 80mph during spring. (sometimes all night).

Wind can really wear you down, but it affects folks differently. I prefer wind to drizzle, but after about a week of wind and dust in WY or CO (or NM, KS, NE, SD, ND, OK...). I am usually ready to retreat to 'moldy and mossy' PNW.

Our BRICK house in Colorado shuttered and shook (and whistled) much more than our PNW house, which gets frequent 80mph+ gusts. The Colorado house did not have to be 'submarine' quality, as winds don't come with freezing rain, as they do in PNW. I never had my house ICE OVER in Colorado. But did have significant dirt / dust to clean.

As mentioned, you can find micro climates in CO, that will be sheltered and much more tolerable to wind. One benefit of Colorado is not worrying about a 300' tall fir tree crashing through your Bedroom ceiling. (But in Colorado, circa 1966, my neighbor's NEW modular home was gone one morning after a windy night.) I mean, GONE... just the floor remained...
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