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View Poll Results: Which area has harsher winters?
Denver, CO 8 19.51%
Southern New England 33 80.49%
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Which area has harsher winters? The southern New England region or Denver, Colorado?

Based on my research, it seems that winters are colder in New England, with daily highs in the 30s. In Denver, it reaches the 40s on average. Also, New England winters have a lot of cloudy, gloomy days, lasting up to 2 weeks sometimes, with no sunshine. Apparently, Denver gets mostly sunny days in the winter and supposedly the snow melts faster. As for snowfall, it seems like Denver gets a little more snowfall each winter, though.

So, I'm confused. Which winters are messier, colder, snowier, gloomier and more depressing in general? Help... because I am considering moving from Connecticut to Denver.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Denver has something like 300 days of sunshine a year.

Just how many cities are you going to narrow it down to before you make up your mind? Or are you never going to move?
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:24 PM
 
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I'd probably say southern New England, but not by much. They're both pretty harsh winter wise. Denver might get into the 40s on average, but keep in mind this 1) for every day that gets that warm, there's one that doesn't and 2) generally speaking this high temp is only for a couple hours, don't be deluded into thinking Denver is below freezing only at night because most of the day tends to be below or around freezing as well.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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Denver winter is snowier (barely). Southern New England is messier, gloomier, and more depressing.

On your category of "colder" Denver wintertime lows are colder but highs are higher. I'd prefer having the higher highs and the lower lows. That wintertime sun can feel really good even if it's kind of cold.

The one thing you left out is "longer". The Denver winters are longer, as often the most significant snow months are October/November and March/April. But the fact that you get so many nice days in the Denver winter cancels that out.

Overall, Denver winters are definitely easier to handle, in my opinion.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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If you are like myself, and thrive on sunshine, Denver's blue skies are more than enough to offset some of the arctic cold that frequently invades the area as late as April. Something else to consider is the fact that snow in Denver will evaporate much faster due to the lower relative humidity. I've lived in New Jersey most of my life, before relocating to New Mexico. In NJ (analog to NE) the snow would stay on the ground for weeks after the snowfall was over. The few times it snowed in New Mexico (analog to Denver) the snow was gone before the end of the day. It is lighter snow as well, as it is not as much water-based.

In my estimation, this is a no-brainer: southern New England has more harsh winters.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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New England seems to be dark for 7 months too.
Leave for work in the dark, get home in the dark. If you dont have windows at our job, you might think you were in Greenland or something
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:03 PM
 
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New England seems to be dark for 7 months too.
Leave for work in the dark, get home in the dark. If you dont have windows at our job, you might think you were in Greenland or something
The darkness always made me depressed during the Northeast winter months. I'd say Denver has much nicer winters than New England for the same reasons other posters mentioned.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Denver is going to have sunnier/occasionally warmer winters; but it will be longer. New England has more of a fall and spring buffer to winter where as Denver will often get snow very early in fall and well into what is traditionally considered "spring". New England/the Eastern US in general has much more defined seasons. Winter is winter, summer is summer, so on and so on. The mountain west has more of a diversity of sporadic weather throughout most of the year. It really depends on your preference of winter being less consistently dark/cold with more frequent breaks for sun/warmth...but lasting a longer time vs being more consistently "wintery" for several months but having a more defined beginning/end with a fall/spring.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Denver has quite pleasant winters, in my opinion, even though it gets the occasional blizzard that shuts everything down, and it is a longer winter that reaches serious cold snaps at times. It's still sunny, the snow melts quickly in the sun, and there are indian summers sprinkled throughout the winter. The fact that it's not a continuous cold makes it easier to tolerate as well.

I'm actually kind of a cold weather person, and I like Denver winters more than most other places in the country. I'd take them over the brown 40-degree mostly-rainy occasionally-snowy winters of the southeast and pacific northwest, the siberian winters of the great lakes (too much), the winterless Florida and SoCal, and the dark gloomy winters of the northeast. It's a good compromise.

The Northeast has awesome autumns though so it gets credit for that.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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Whops I voted Denver by accident. Southern New England by far.
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