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View Poll Results: Hottest state?
Texas 46 25.14%
Louisiana 6 3.28%
Alabama 0 0%
Mississsippi 3 1.64%
Georgia 1 0.55%
Florida 42 22.95%
South Carolina 2 1.09%
Arizona 80 43.72%
New Mexico 1 0.55%
Arkansas 2 1.09%
Voters: 183. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 09-25-2016, 02:31 PM
 
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Yada yada yada - these sorts of "damn, it's hot in Texas" (or fill in the blank with any southern or southwestern state) always crop up about this time of year.

People forget that while some folks are still shoveling snow and dealing with heaps of dirty frozen stuff piled up everywhere, and still scraping ice and snow off their cars every single morning, Texans and other southerners are outside in shorts and T shirts and beautiful balmy sunshine, working in their gardens.

It's just a trade off - and anywhere you live you get to have a trade off of sorts. Yes, the southern states are hot from the middle of June through September - 3 or 4 months or so of pretty intense heat (that's why God invented air conditioning!). But our winters and springs and late autumns - in other words 8 months out of the year - are full of sunshine, brilliant blue skies, and clean fresh breezes. And you can throw in some pretty spectacular thunderstorms for spice!

If you don't live in a place with at least one uncomfortable season, then you're paying out the wazoo when it comes to cost of living, so there's your trade off.

Meanwhile, here in Texas, the last week of September, a cold front is moving in Monday and our daytime temps will be in the 80s and night time temps in the 50s. The term used for nearly every day next week? SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY. In other words, big blue skies, brilliant sunshine, and very pleasant temperatures.

To everything there is a season. Our season of porch sitting, fire pits, hot tubs, and cute scarves and boots is just around the corner. And thankfully we won't have to shovel snow to get out the door in the morning in January and February...and March...
In the Northeast, our spring and falls are very pleasant, and our summers are occasionally hot/humid, but not for long stretches. Our winters can be cold and snowy, but that's the pleasure of having four distinct seasons,and not six months of hot (>90 degrees) weather, like Texas..

I don't feel like living in a blast furnace for half the year, so it's shoveling, and a nice change of seasons, for me..
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Just look at this map from July 2015. Almost the entire state of Texas is in the dark red category. No other state can really compare.
All of Louisiana was red.

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I don't feel like living in a blast furnace for half the year, so it's shoveling, and a nice change of seasons, for me..
Good. Stay up there.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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All of Louisiana was red.


Good. Stay up there.
Ha. The angry Texan appears again. BTW, saying a place is hot isn't necessarily bad. Why do folks (Texans in particular) get so bent out of shape about it?
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Also, no votes for any of the deep south states. Is Bama through Georgia milder than Texas?
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Ha. The angry Texan appears again. BTW, saying a place is hot isn't necessarily bad. Why do folks (Texans in particular) get so bent out of shape about it?
His and especially your reply to Kathryn's post was obviously suggesting that the climate down here is wrong and that you guys somehow have "real" weather up there. That irritates most anyone regardless of what state they're from.

I'm glad you enjoy your climate. Just know that I don't envy you.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Center City
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In the Northeast, our spring and falls are very pleasant, and our summers are occasionally hot/humid, but not for long stretches. Our winters can be cold and snowy, but that's the pleasure of having four distinct seasons,and not six months of hot (>90 degrees) weather, like Texas..

I don't feel like living in a blast furnace for half the year, so it's shoveling, and a nice change of seasons, for me..
Couldn't agree more. Have you ever lived in the south? I spent 26 loooong summers in Houston. Our northeastern winters are a cakewalk compared to the Texas summers.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:12 PM
 
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Just look at this map from July 2015. Almost the entire state of Texas is in the dark red category. No other state can really compare. Southern CA and Arizona defintely have hotter temps, but that's only a portion of the state. Northern CA looks quite pleasant to me.
There are significant areas of light orange/yellow spots over Texas for the specific time period you chose. Nowhere in Texas is dark red; the only dark red is in significant areas of California and Arizona (SE and SW portions of the states, respectively), as well as eastern Washington.

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Ha. The angry Texan appears again. BTW, saying a place is hot isn't necessarily bad. Why do folks (Texans in particular) get so bent out of shape about it?
No one is getting angry/bent-out-of-shape. This is discussion, things will be involved.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:17 PM
 
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Couldn't agree more. Have you ever lived in the south? I spent 26 loooong summers in Houston. Our northeastern winters are a cakewalk compared to the Texas summers.
You can be dressed for a Texas summer in a fraction of the time it takes to dress for NE US winters, and at a fraction of the cost. Hot summer days give way to cooler evenings, cold winter days only get colder at night. More people enjoy themselves in Texas summer weather than NE US winter weather.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Just look at this map from July 2015. Almost the entire state of Texas is in the dark red category. No other state can really compare. Southern CA and Arizona defintely have hotter temps, but that's only a portion of the state. Northern CA looks quite pleasant to me.
Yeah people know Arizona only for Phoenix which does get very hot but we are so much more than that. It's like only basing the entire New York state off NYC for anything, more than just weather. I heard upstate NYers don't like that, neither do we.

Based on your map though Louisiana should be winning. I had a feeling but I voted Florida anyway
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:42 PM
 
Location: The Windy City
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You can be dressed for a Texas summer in a fraction of the time it takes to dress for NE US winters, and at a fraction of the cost. Hot summer days give way to cooler evenings, cold winter days only get colder at night. More people enjoy themselves in Texas summer weather than NE US winter weather.
But it takes me twice as long to get undressed from a Texas summer because the shirt is sticking to my back. I just experienced my first Texas summer and I hope to never experience it again. I haven't been able to do anything outside since June (unless you count walking from a house to the car).

Cooler evenings? Yeah, right... Most 100 degree days in North Texas result in 80-90 degree evenings. It's just as hot, the sun just isn't out. I live right in front of a park and I can assure you that there was no one out there mid-day in July. However, the place was packed at 6am, so the heat here must bother more than just me.

Weather is a personal preference. Some people prefer heat, and some people prefer the cold. Otherwise no one would live in Texas or Minnesota. Personally, I love having 4 distinct seasons. Places like North Carolina and Virginia offer the best weather. You have about three months of each season. In Texas, you end up with 5-6mo of summer, and in Minnesota you end up with the same, but winter.
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