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Old 01-10-2018, 12:38 PM
 
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For SoCal, that's the average not to mention I'd never dream of swimming in the winter there...
Yeah, the only people in the water between October and June are wearing wetsuits.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Eh, some years yes, other years not! nice and lush up there that's for sure. Green and vibrant! Super bright blue skies. It hurts my eyes it's so bright, lush, and gorgeous outside. I really notice this when I've been away for awhile. Huge contrast when you've been in Texas. No comparison. Temps are reasonable 50-60s a lot of the time. I've spent a great deal of time " up north" the last four years during all seasons and have a totally different experience than what's been described on here.
It's just as "bright, lush, and gorgeous" in the spring here as there. There are super bright blue skies here too. It hurts my eyes without sunglasses.

Not sure which part of Texas you were in. Houston may be slightly more cloudy in the spring but Austin is usually a glorious sunshine that can't be beat. Then you add in the wildflowers and it's really hard to say any part of the country tops it, although New Orleans or Charleston during spring would be a top contender.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:44 PM
 
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It's just as "bright, lush, and gorgeous" in the spring here as there. There are super bright blue skies here too. It hurts my eyes without sunglasses.

Not sure which part of Texas you were in. Houston may be slightly more cloudy in the spring but Austin is usually a glorious sunshine that can't be beat. Then you add in the wildflowers and it's really hard to say any part of the country tops it, although New Orleans or Charleston during spring would be a top contender.
You make me smile, cbach! I live in Austin! Been here a long time. I know what it's all about here in the spring! For me, the spring AND summers are so much prettier, vibrant and lush in the areas of the north Im familiar with. Mostly due to the fact there are more trees! Big trees! Miles and miles of rolling fields with wildflowers. You tend to paint with a broad brush with your limited exposure, it seems, of other areas up north and spring weather!
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Old 01-10-2018, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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You tend to paint with a broad brush with your limited exposure, it seems, of other areas up north and spring weather!
WhatchyatalkinboutWillis? 4 years in Pittsburgh, 5 years in KC, some time in Baltimore and Boston.

Experience glorious spring days in Pittsburgh one week followed by a blizzard the next week. Look it up, 1996.

Spent 5 winters in KC. KC is sunny in the summer, fall, and winter almost to a desert extent but spring is rainy and tornado season, my least favorite season there after winter.

DC during cherry blossom time is glorious I must admit. DC basically has a southern spring but it's delayed.

Boston is a horrific slushy muddy mess in the spring.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Center City
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WhatchyatalkinboutWillis? 4 years in Pittsburgh, 5 years in KC, some time in Baltimore and Boston.

Experience glorious spring days in Pittsburgh one week followed by a blizzard the next week. Look it up, 1996.

Spent 5 winters in KC. KC is sunny in the summer, fall, and winter almost to a desert extent but spring is rainy and tornado season, my least favorite season there after winter.

DC during cherry blossom time is glorious I must admit. DC basically has a southern spring but it's delayed.

Boston is a horrific slushy muddy mess in the spring.
Spring is mighty fine Philly:


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx535ku0m7Q

Sure beats all that Live Oak pollen clogging up the streets and gutters down Texas way:

”To make matters worse, these crazy leaf shedding trees then form their male flowers, or catkins, which spew forth a seemingly endless amount of pollen, which coats everything in that thick yellow-green powder, which is responsible for allergies many people (including myself) are plagued with. The high spring winds then blow it everywhere. Once this is over, the male flowers then die, turn dark brown, and fall out of the tree all over the yard, creating the third springtime shed. As they are very light, they blow into everything and then break into a million pieces, coating everything especially furniture, and can be a major challenge to clean up in patio areas.“
https://centraltexastreecare.com/201...ding-live-oak/


Ah, spring!
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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LOL! I remember my reaction when the first coworkers who transferred from NOLA to Houston told me they were happy to be in a more pleasant climate:
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I know, right?

Honestly, even as far north as Shreveport, there's something about crossing that state line - suddenly the humidity skyrockets the minute you cross over from Texas into Louisiana. I don't get it but it's true! The only other state as humid as Louisiana that I've run across in my travels is South Carolina. Whew.

My aunt who lives in Louisiana sometimes can't even hang her clothes out to dry in the summer sun because it's so humid they just hang there limply.
Annually, the average dew points recorded in both Louisiana and eastern Texas are the same:

https://m.imgur.com/DgzLgdY

In the dead of summer, New Orleans does record higher dew points than Houston, but there isn't nearly enough of a difference that I would describe the latter as having more pleasant weather.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:46 PM
 
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WhatchyatalkinboutWillis? 4 years in Pittsburgh, 5 years in KC, some time in Baltimore and Boston.

Experience glorious spring days in Pittsburgh one week followed by a blizzard the next week. Look it up, 1996.

Spent 5 winters in KC. KC is sunny in the summer, fall, and winter almost to a desert extent but spring is rainy and tornado season, my least favorite season there after winter.

DC during cherry blossom time is glorious I must admit. DC basically has a southern spring but it's delayed.

Boston is a horrific slushy muddy mess in the spring.
Lol! You just tend to make sweeping generalizations, a lot. Spent half my life in the north. The weather extremes are just as crazy here in the spring. One day it's well into the 90's and below freezing the next. Killing all those nice green buds on the trees. It's nice here in the spring, sure. It's actually my favorite time of the year here. The whole 6-8 weeks of it. Come May dread sets in!
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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Spring is mighty fine Philly:


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx535ku0m7Q

Sure beats all that Live Oak pollen clogging up the streets and gutters down Texas way:

”To make matters worse, these crazy leaf shedding trees then form their male flowers, or catkins, which spew forth a seemingly endless amount of pollen, which coats everything in that thick yellow-green powder, which is responsible for allergies many people (including myself) are plagued with. The high spring winds then blow it everywhere. Once this is over, the male flowers then die, turn dark brown, and fall out of the tree all over the yard, creating the third springtime shed. As they are very light, they blow into everything and then break into a million pieces, coating everything especially furniture, and can be a major challenge to clean up in patio areas.“
https://centraltexastreecare.com/201...ding-live-oak/


Ah, spring!
Too funny, I was going to rant on the spring pollen when responding to cbach. Always liked driving around in my car covered with the snot yellow pollen.
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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You can't use the average high during the time of spring in a place like Pittsburgh. It varies greatly from day to day, violently sometimes. Mean minimums is a good indication of the lowest temperature the average month will receive and for Pittsburgh in April that's 24F. Snow happens probably almost every April there. Obviously warmer temperatures do as well.
Averages account for extreme highs as well as lows within the year as well. Texas has far more unstable weather than Pittsburgh so by that logic then we can't use average highs for Texas springs, either. Snow in April is not that big a deal. It can hail in April in Texas but I think it would be quite a hyperbole to say that the month is represented by hailstorms. It has hailed every single spring that I've lived in Texas btw. But I'm not gonna take a few days of hail a year and act like living in Texas in spring is like dodging ice-bullets. That's called an "exaggeration."
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Old 01-10-2018, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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But winters and springs sure are mild...

It's about picking which season you want it mild. I'd prefer a milder winter and early spring than a milder late summer early fall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXlmGWXL70w I love Texas springs but... mild is not a word I would use. Sure, for temperature but DEFINITELY not the weather conditions!

Here's one I remember personally because I lived here when it happened..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP-VEX8Zxms
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