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Old 02-04-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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From 2005 to 2008 (Katrina to Ike) people were marvelling at the way climate change had intensified tropical heat and hurricane winds with the result that the American South, esp the Gulf Coast and Florida peninsula, would begin to loose their population boom and people would start moving back the the currently depopulating Midwest and NE which were relatively immuned to tropical storms.

Hoever, the last two summers have been moderately active but almost hurricane-free for the US (most spiralled off harmlessly into the middle of the N. Atlantic to die in the Arctic). However, last winter was pretty bad while this winter has been horrid.

I won't even attempt to predict which of these two situations will occurr over the next couple of years but what do you reader think will ultimately happen in terms of the population growth of the Sun Belt vs the MidWest and NE? Visiting the "relative" north of Arkansas from Houston this winter and spending most of the night in a median strip ditch after spinning off a freeway in a snowstorm, I'm betting on the Sun Belt continuing to grow at the expense of MW/NE. I'm willing to risk a very occasional hurricane over the likelyhood of freezing winters every year and slush, scraping off cars, changing tires, freezing pipes, car accidents, etc etc
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Old 02-04-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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Snow isn't too bad as long as you have somewhere to put it. Freezing rain is a different story, it's a real pain in the ass to wake up to half an inch worth of ice everywhere.

The inevitability of shoveling snow > the possibility of flooding in your house and/or storm damage.

Although i don't think I could constantly dig myself outta Buffalo snow lol. Do tall snowblowers still work well for snow fall totals over 2ft?
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Nobody's ever had to live in a FEMA trailer after a blizzard.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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Even after a roof collapse... as we're seeing in New England now? [need for FEMA trailer]
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Nobody evacuates for a blizzard.

Those who live in the large northern cities don't have to deal with these "car" issues you speak of if they don't want to...

Where as, in the sunbelt, having a car is pretty much a must to be able to fully enjoy things. If you do not own a car in the south, you are either poor, or a social pariah.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Nobody evacuates for a blizzard.

Those who live in the large northern cities don't have to deal with these "car" issues you speak of if they don't want to...

Where as, in the sunbelt, having a car is pretty much a must to be able to fully enjoy things. If you do not own a car in the south, you are either poor, or a social pariah.

You may be able to avoid ownership of a car in the northeast urban areas, but here in the midwest auto ownership is absolutely necessary. Chicago Il is the only possible exception. I live in Michigan and you would wither and die without a car here. If your smart and you have the money you should own a 4x4 truck up here, then a blizzard like the one we had on tue/wed is not a big deal. Every place has its headaces, down south its hurricanes and heat. Here in the upper midwest it is blizzards snow and cold. Out west its earthquakes. The east coast can get both blizzards AND hurricanes (lucky them). If you prepare for the worst your local can dish out you will likley be ok.
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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If you're inland, hurricanes aren't so big of a deal. After growing up in Orlando most of my life I've only experienced 3 hurricanes (all in 2004). The worst that happened was that the power was out a couple of days. Orlando hasn't been hit by a hurricane since. But snowstorms are inevitable every year in the Midwest and North. Even in NYC without the need for a car it can be a real pain to get around when the weather is bad.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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Just to clear some things up, Syracuse as a metro averages more as a metro than Buffalo, but both areas are equipped to handle it. So, it's not like life stops in the Winter. Besides that, the state is natural disaster free for the overwheling part.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lets face it, all regions have natural disaster potential of some sort, but if you base your life and where you live on fear of what COULD happen, thats kind of sad.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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If you're inland, hurricanes aren't so big of a deal. After growing up in Orlando most of my life I've only experienced 3 hurricanes (all in 2004). The worst that happened was that the power was out a couple of days. Orlando hasn't been hit by a hurricane since. But snowstorms are inevitable every year in the Midwest and North. Even in NYC without the need for a car it can be a real pain to get around when the weather is bad.
Uhh and hurricanes are far worse than snowstorms and cause billions in damage, rip down houses, kill 1000+ people in what swoop, etc.
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