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Old 09-11-2017, 12:30 PM
 
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I'm really starting to wonder now, why limit myself to just one of these cities? They all have times of the year where they have fantastic weather. I'm not looking to own property. I could come and go as I please, so why not see them all when they are at their best? I could head to Tucson this winter. When summer starts, head to ABQ. When winter comes back around, head to El Paso and see Las Cruces along the way!
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Old 09-11-2017, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque has a short windy season in the spring...maybe four weeks when it is noticeable a few days a week. If it was windy there would not be a hot air balloon culture in Albuquerque. That's a bogus claim.
It's not a bogus claim. Spring is the windiest period, but it is often very windy at other times of the year as well, including during the Balloon Fiesta. High winds have forced cancellations of events numerous times over the years.

One of the reasons Albuquerque is so famous and popular for ballooning is because of the different winds at different altitudes phenomenon known as the "Albuquerque Box" that allows pilots to 'steer' the balloons. Most of the time they are gentle winds which allow for takeoff and flight of balloons, but sometimes they are too strong and force cancellations of events at the Balloon Fiesta.

Sorry, but I'm not gonna downplay the wind, cold or snow here to someone who specifically wants to avoid those things to be able to bike comfortably as his only means of getting around town. I wouldn't want to have to bike to the grocery store or work on days when it starts out in the teens and only warms up to the thirties. Those days aren't the norm in the winter, but they do occur enough to be of note and concern, especially if you have no other way around but a bike. Yes, it's more normal for it to warm up to the forties and fifties, but let's not pretend that it always does.

Albuquerque only receives on average 11 inches of snow annually, but that's not exactly insignificant. That snow usually comes in the form of 2-3 big events and several smaller snows and dustings. Most of it does usually melt away by the afternoon, but not always and there are plenty of patches of snow and ice (such as those in the shade or on bare ground) which stick around for a few days that can present hazards and obstacles to those on foot and riding a bike.

The OP deserves as much information about each of these cities to be able to make his own decision. He can weigh his options as he likes, but I won't downplay weather conditions here, especially when it's one of his few concerns and so essential to making sure he will be comfortable living here.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:50 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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All of these cities are very windy, at least seasonally. The worst of the wind is late Feb through early April.

As far as rain and snow, don't make me laugh. If 5-10 inches of snow per year (in 1-2 inch increments and lasting on the ground for 4 hours) and 10 truly rainy days out of 365 are disqualifiers, you may need to move to the Sahara desert.

The only thing I will say about Albuquerque is that it does get cold in Winter. The other cities are colder than you might imagine, but Albuquerque is the coldest of them.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've almost had my roof blown off once in EP.

I think yes it does get quite windy in ABQ, but only more often than not, and not more than any other of these cities.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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Can anyone speak on the terrain of these cities as far as being flat or hilly? Also, what is the general vibe of the people in these cities? I'm looking for a more laid back live and let live mentality. Thanks again.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Can anyone speak on the terrain of these cities as far as being flat or hilly? Also, what is the general vibe of the people in these cities? I'm looking for a more laid back live and let live mentality. Thanks again.
Albuquerque is shaped like a giant "V"; it is in a rift valley where the mountains on one side (the Sandia-Manzanos) and the mesa and volcanoes on the other side (the Colorado Plateau) used to be touching. Its elevation ranges from the river to the sides by over 1000 feet. the mountains have around 4900' of prominence over the NE side of the city (~10,000' above sea level).

El Paso sits at the edge of the endorheic Tularosa Basin in the Northeast, the Hueco basin in the Eastern section, the upper reaches of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the south. and the lower reaches of the Middle Rio Grande valley in the west. A long mountain chain, the Franklins, runs through the heart of the city, ending around Downtown. The mountains have about 3050' of prominence over the NE side of this city (~7000' above sea level), causing the mountains to be bare and desert-like, as opposed to the taller, heavily-forested Sandia-Manzanos to the north.

Both cities have hills near the mountains, known as foothills, and can be quite extensive.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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All of these cities are very windy, at least seasonally. The worst of the wind is late Feb through early April.

As far as rain and snow, don't make me laugh. If 5-10 inches of snow per year (in 1-2 inch increments and lasting on the ground for 4 hours) and 10 truly rainy days out of 365 are disqualifiers, you may need to move to the Sahara desert.

The only thing I will say about Albuquerque is that it does get cold in Winter. The other cities are colder than you might imagine, but Albuquerque is the coldest of them.
Tucson is kind of down in a hole. It's not really windy there.
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