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Old 03-16-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
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Buying a jacket online, but contemplating whether I should buy a jacket (probably a ski jacket? since it's insulated, waterproof, and windproof), or a fleece (that's not waterproof or windproof, but very warm).

Is Fargo usually warm enough beginning in early April for me to only purchase a fleece, insulated cap, insulated gloves, and scarves? Or should I still buy a windproof, waterproof, insulated jacket instead of the fleece?

Does it rain a lot during the spring/summer where I'll need a waterproof jacket? Is a heavier weight jacket ever needed during the spring/summer? What month it usually start to get below 60F after summer?

I don't think I'll ever be outside very long...just going into and out of my car/buildings.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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I'm walking around in short sleeves right now. Swamp ass season is just around the corner just keep that in mind.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
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I'm walking around in short sleeves right now. Swamp ass season is just around the corner just keep that in mind.
Haha...so, I shouldn't need a jacket right now? But...for how long?
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Buying a jacket online, but contemplating whether I should buy a jacket (probably a ski jacket? since it's insulated, waterproof, and windproof), or a fleece (that's not waterproof or windproof, but very warm).

Is Fargo usually warm enough beginning in early April for me to only purchase a fleece, insulated cap, insulated gloves, and scarves? Or should I still buy a windproof, waterproof, insulated jacket instead of the fleece?

Does it rain a lot during the spring/summer where I'll need a waterproof jacket? Is a heavier weight jacket ever needed during the spring/summer? What month it usually start to get below 60F after summer?

I don't think I'll ever be outside very long...just going into and out of my car/buildings.

Thanks in advance!
Where are you coming from?

That will make a difference. You may have what you need. We will have a chilly week this week with highs near freezing and and maybe some snow next weekend, but winter is losing its grip. By early April the days will be longer than the nights and the warming will continue.

I probably will put my Carhart away and break out my old insulated leather jacket for April.

Remember, up here the days get longer faster than the days further south. Next Saturday everybody will have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of dark, then it is off to the races, next month at this date the day will be an hour and a half longer, and by June the sun will be setting around 9:30 with twilight until 10.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_rstablew.pl

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Qazulight
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
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Where are you coming from?

That will make a difference. You may have what you need. We will have a chilly week this week with highs near freezing and and maybe some snow next weekend, but winter is losing its grip. By early April the days will be longer than the nights and the warming will continue.

I probably will put my Carhart away and break out my old insulated leather jacket for April.

Remember, up here the days get longer faster than the days further south. Next Saturday everybody will have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of dark, then it is off to the races, next month at this date the day will be an hour and a half longer, and by June the sun will be setting around 9:30 with twilight until 10.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_rstablew.pl

Cheers
Qazulight
I'm coming from California. But I went to college on the east coast where temps would drop to 12F sometimes, and was perfectly comfortable wearing a North Face down jacket. I actually prefer colder weather.

Do you guys think this would be sufficient for April weather in Fargo? Along with a Carhartt insulated hat, some insulated gloves, a regular scarf, some jeans (no long johns), and regular crew cut socks and regular athletic tennis shoes?

Columbia Women's Fast Trek II Full Zip Fleece Jacket

Only reason I'm asking all this because money is tight right now and I don't want to spend $80+ for a jacket that I probably won't fit by next winter...I had a baby 7 months ago and I'm hoping to lose 50+ lbs by the end of this year!
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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Just to be safe, buy a jacket. The winter was pretty cold so anything above 20 feels pretty warm as long as the wind is not blowing. I know it sounds crazy, but I still have yet to buy a jacket and I've been here just over two years. It could be that I'm just crazy, but I don't care for heavy clothing. I rather freeze and move fast.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I would wait until you get to North Dakota to buy a jacket. A jacket you purchase in California is not going to be anything near what a jacket is in North Dakota. In California you'll pay out the nose for something good. Plus, you may not even need it, what you already have may be just fine.
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Old 03-18-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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I would bring what you have.

Buy something next year.

If you find yourself being cold you can grab some active wear insulated underwear and toss on a sweater and then the coat.

Even then, you should have only a few days if any the the jacket and hat and gloves will not bs enough. The only reason I still wear my big Carhart is habit.

Cheers
Qazulight
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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I would bring what you have.

Buy something next year.

If you find yourself being cold you can grab some active wear insulated underwear and toss on a sweater and then the coat.

Even then, you should have only a few days if any the the jacket and hat and gloves will not bs enough. The only reason I still wear my big Carhart is habit.

Cheers
Qazulight
Considering the Weather forecast for tommorow. I might have been a little too sanquine.

I am thinking the saying for this year about March may be a little different.

Something like

In like a lion, out like a crazed heard of Polar Bears.

Cheers
Qazulight
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