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Old 06-20-2017, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I'd say it's because their population centers are located in the hot areas.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Just got to Denver. It is hot here, nearly Texas hot and will be for three weeks. What a disappointment.
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Coast to coast, border to border
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Over 2/3 of Nevada's population lives in or near Las Vegas. Over 2/3 of Arizona's population is in or near Phoenix.
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Maybe because 80% of those states' populations live in very hot climates?

95% of Florida isn't beach. 65% of Colorado isn't mountainous. We could keep going...
Most of Montana and Wyoming, most of North Dakota and Nebraska are green crop lands and the Black Hills are only a tiny portion of South Dakota. The postcard picture the tourists have or the negative stereotypes do not fit the entire states.
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Old 09-04-2017, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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My guess for Arizona is the fact that probably 85% of the population of the state lives in the hot part. Therefore that's the part that people associate with Arizona.
This.

Google Nevada on Images. Guarantee one of the first things you'll see is the Las Vegas sign. Where is that again... in a desert maybe? What else might come up? Hoover Dam? Hmmm.... Area 51? Also a desert.

Google Arizona on Images. Grand Canyon will pop up. That's in a desert. Saguaros will probably pop up. Also a desert. Phoenix skyline will probably show up also. Where is that again?

No one thinks of AZ or NV and thinks of Mount Charleston or Flagstaff. At best you might get Sedona or Reno, but that's a rare few.

All deserts are hot, point blank period. Only place I've seen that still has a desert landscape and actually gets cold and is moderate in the summer (I mean truly moderate, lower than 90s in the summer) is Santa Fe. All deserts are hot, if you've ever been to Salt Lake City region you'd know. Even the Gobi desert in Mongolia gets hot. There isn't a Mars equivalent on Earth.

Do Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah all have best secrets of cool places? Yes! Let's keep them our best kept secrets.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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Thank you for this thread! 2 states I'm considering moving to and the reputation of constant heat has been turning me off! AZ is great for disabled people which is why I'm considering it but I also want a city life that's cheaper than NY (where I am now) and LA.
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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why does Arizona prominently feature a cactus on their license plate then?
Because its the majestic Saguaro cactus, and it only grows here and in small parts of Mexico, that's why.
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Just got to Denver. It is hot here, nearly Texas hot and will be for three weeks. What a disappointment.
Pfft. Us Phoenicians go to Denver to cool off.
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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There's even cacti in Illinois on beaches of Lake Michigan!
There are cacti all over IL, not just by the beaches. I made that awesome discovery while hiking all over the state when I lived there.
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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True if you are a sedentary person. I find that most people who think it is impossible to go outdoors in winter are just lazy or unathletic. But most northern countries are well known for lots of intensive outdoor sports in winter.

When my mother was young, she and her family would ski (cross country) every day after school/work. Not just because they liked it, but because it actually keeps you warm, and by not heating the house while they were out, their firewood supply lasted longer.:-)

And of course it is difficult to be cold while cross country skiing which is why skiers dress in what amounts to a lycra bodysuit, even down to single digits.

Also there is the old saying, 'firewood heats you twice: first when you chop it, then when you burn it.' :-)
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Only for a handful of days. But anything 15+ is fine for skiing, ice skating, hockey, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling etc. etc.
The point is that more people are just out in general during hot summers than they are in frigid winters; you have much more ease and presence of general outdoor activity (i.e. festivals, picnics, eating out at restaurants etc) beyond just tailored outdoor sport.

And typically, the deepest of winter cold comes with the very dry air-masses, so any sport that involves snow is rendered un-doable.

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Try doing strenuous stuff outside in 105+. Unless it involves water, which Texas doesn't have an abundance off, then fuggedaboutit!
Except, you know, the Gulf Coast. Not to mention the lake reservoirs and rivers that are present even in the inland areas (Lake Travis, White Rock Lake, Colorado River, etc).
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