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Old 12-30-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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It doesn't have to be an "either-or" proposition. One may have a preference for one coast but still very much appreciate both coasts, or they could like them both equally.
Yes, it's possible that someone could like both the east and west coasts equally. I'm just saying that such people are in a pretty small minority (if they're being honest, that is.) Most people have a strong love/hate relationship with the east and west coasts of the U.S.

Consider just one small factor: if you live in LA, SD or SF, then you will likely NEVER experience a white Christmas outside your home. That in itself would be a major turn-off for lots of people in the northeast who enjoy and are used to living in an area with snow in December.

Anyway, that's just been my experience and is also based on speaking with people in general.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Yes, it's possible that someone could like both the east and west coasts equally. I'm just saying that such people are in a pretty small minority (if they're being honest, that is.) Most people have a strong love/hate relationship with the east and west coasts of the U.S.

Consider just one small factor: if you live in LA, SD or SF, then you will likely NEVER experience a white Christmas outside your home. That in itself would be a major turn-off for lots of people in the northeast who enjoy and are used to living in an area with snow in December.

Anyway, that's just been my experience and is also based on speaking with people in general.
Meh, that is a pretty weak reason to avoid warm locations. The same could be said of those that live south of DC on the East Coast.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Yes, it's possible that someone could like both the east and west coasts equally. I'm just saying that such people are in a pretty small minority (if they're being honest, that is.) Most people have a strong love/hate relationship with the east and west coasts of the U.S.
Not really, most people I'm friends of and work with have a pretty favorable view of both the West Coast and the East Coast(at least the Northeast)... It's not that rare in reality--most people don't waste time in real life with some grand East vs. West debate. I work with many people from the East Coast who miss certain aspects of the culture of the NE, yet appreciate a lot of things that are different like the landscape and attitudes of the West Coast. Likewise I know plenty of people who moved from the West to New York or Boston, for the reason that they preferred a more urban lifestyle yet still love the West Coast.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Meh, that is a pretty weak reason to avoid warm locations. The same could be said of those that live south of DC on the East Coast.
No pretty much everywhere outside of the I-10 corridor and south are prone to seasonal snow, ice storms, and cold.
This would include, St. Louis, Little Rock, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Dallas, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, etc.

i.e. most of the south gets more winter like conditions than Coastal California certainly.

The coldest record temp in Atlanta for instance is -10F.
Dallas is -8F. Even down into i-10 cities, Tallahassee and Austin have both recorded a -2F temperature!

While it may not get as much or little snow in the South, it definitely gets cold and definitely has a mild winter.

These kinds of cold days just don't happen in the pacific moderated coastal cities of California.

The lowest in LA is 28...
The lowest in SF is 27...


Around a 40 degree temp difference on the low end, which is significant.

In other words, you'll have to go much farther down than DC... More like Orlando, Tampa, Miami and to a lesser extent New Orleans or Houston which are warmer on average than North of Central Florida and up... Everywhere else is prone to getting cold weather.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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No pretty much everywhere outside of the I-10 corridor and south are prone to seasonal snow, ice storms, and cold.
This would include, St. Louis, Little Rock, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, Dallas, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, etc.

i.e. most of the south gets more winter like conditions than Coastal California certainly.

The coldest record temp in Atlanta for instance is -10F.
Dallas is -8F. Even down into i-10 cities, Tallahassee and Austin have both recorded a -2F temperature!

While it may not get as much or little snow in the South, it definitely gets cold and definitely has a mild winter.

These kinds of cold days just don't happen in the pacific moderated coastal cities of California.

The lowest in LA is 28...
The lowest in SF is 27...


Around a 40 degree temp difference on the low end, which is significant.

In other words, you'll have to go much farther down than DC... More like Orlando, Tampa, Miami and to a lesser extent New Orleans or Houston which are warmer on average than North of Central Florida and up... Everywhere else is prone to getting cold weather.
That is nice, I know it snows there, I was referring to the southern East Coast, as in everything from I95 east.

PS: I got caught in snow driving from LA to SF when I took I5 through Valencia / San Santa Clarita. I believe it has snowed within the LA city limits this year, if not it definitely did last year in Studio City up on the mountains.

I know that is not remotely the same as a white Christmas, but if I truly craved a white Christmas I could easily drive the 2 hours to Big Bear and rent a cabin for Christmas.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:49 PM
 
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That is nice, I know it snows there, I was referring to the southern East Coast, as in everything from I95 east.

PS: I got caught in snow driving from LA to SF when I took I5 through Valencia / San Santa Clarita. I believe it has snowed within the LA city limits this year, if not it definitely did last year in Studio City up on the mountains.

I know that is not remotely the same as a white Christmas, but if I truly craved a white Christmas I could easily drive the 2 hours to Big Bear and rent a cabin for Christmas.
You are right, it would be happenstance to get a white Christmas in any of the areas I mentioned. It is actually hard to get white Christmas in most regions. Most snowfall generally occurs Jan-March, more or less "up north".

So you are definitely correct on the "white christmas" meaning snowfall, but a lot of the south will feel seasonally more comparable (i.e. colder) than coastal California Dec-Feb. You'll have some dead trees, and generally won't have a nice sunny 75 degree day.

Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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You are right, it would be happenstance to get a white Christmas in any of the areas I mentioned. It is actually hard to get white Christmas in most regions. Most snowfall generally occurs Jan-March, more or less "up north".

So you are definitely correct on the "white christmas" meaning snowfall, but a lot of the south will feel seasonally more comparable (i.e. colder) than coastal California Dec-Feb. You'll have some dead trees, and generally won't have a nice sunny 75 degree day.

Sorry for the confusion.
No worries, though I think Northern California has its briskness (winter there reminds me of fall in Boston), but yeah, it was 80 yesterday here in LA, not really what one thinks of winter weather. But I love it personally.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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East coast dribbles!
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Those "USA as seen by a New Yorker" maps are so played out. The New Yorker magazine did it first and best.
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