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Old 12-03-2018, 06:12 PM
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Check out Birmingham.
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Old 12-04-2018, 08:06 PM
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Originally Posted by jas75 View Post
I think both Chattanooga and Greenville are attractive cities, but their climates are not that different. Both have plenty of cloudy, damp, chilly conditions in the winter. Greenville tends to get a little less impacted by winter cold snaps coming from the northwest, but on the other hand is susceptible to "wedges" of cold air that spread down the east side of the Appalachians. These patterns tend to involve gray skies and low temperatures in the I-85 Piedmont corridor, even when it is sunny and much warmer west of the mountains - like in Chattanooga. Low elevation coastal areas, such as Charleston, would be a better choice for featuring a different climate that is less likely to trigger SAD symptoms.
This is not accurate.

This climate website has graphs to easily compare the temperature in cities. Here are the charts for Greenville and Nooga:


Nooga is cloudier than Greenville and there are other differnences in the climate.

It looks like Charleston is cloudier than Greenville. Greenville has more mean clear days than CHarleston in the winter. https://outflux.net/weather/noaa/ind...66%3BFORID%3A9

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Old 12-10-2018, 09:27 AM
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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completely agree with jas75
I have lived in both Chattanooga and Greenville/Upstate SC - the climates are nearly identical with the exception of winter weather/severe weather
The Upstate of SC/Piedmont is much more susceptible to ice storms/freezing rain/sleet - recent example: while Chattanooga had a cold rain over the weekend, parts of Upstate SC were buried in snow/sleet due to CAD/"Wedge" weather - this phenomena never affects Chattanooga/west of the Apps
Conversely, sweeping cold fronts in winter usually bring some flurries/light snow to Chattanooga (esp Lookout Mtn and Signal Mtn areas) - Greenville never receives this precip due to downsloping/being adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mts to the NW/N
Summer weather is the same in both areas: hot/humid
Chattanooga is more susceptible to tornadoes/severe thunderstorms being closer to Dixie Alley - tornadoes are quite rare in Upstate SC
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:02 PM
Location: Pittsburgh
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Originally Posted by prestonsteger View Post
I'm a college senior living in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area and I'm about to begin the process of finding my first real-world job. As much as I love the city here, I deal with seasonal affective disorder and I hate how cloudy/rainy it is during the winter time (it doesn't help that Chattanooga is in the middle of the Appalachian temperate rainforest). I'm going to apply for jobs in different areas, but I want to find some starting places for this process.

What are some cities similar to Chattanooga (outdoors activities, scenery, cool-ish downtown), but has better weather year-round (sunnier, maybe even warmer) and a bigger population? I'm willing to look far away if needed.

Move to the eastern side of the Appalachians- Winston-Salem and north through eastern PA. Lots to do in the mountains and more sun on the eastern slopes.
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