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Old 05-30-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas get lots of sunshine. The further west you go in those states, the sunnier it becomes. All have Midwestern, four-season climates.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:02 AM
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Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas get lots of sunshine. The further west you go in those states, the sunnier it becomes. All have Midwestern, four-season climates.
I would not consider the western portions of those states "Midwestern" at all. They have far more Western attributes and identify more with the Intermountain West cities and culture.
When I think Midwest I think of non-irrigated cornfields, soybean fields, lush pastures, trees, consistently cold winters, and middle of the road politics.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Eastern Montana. Of course, sun in the winter means -60 F, but hey, you wanted non-tropical.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I think the Denver area gets the most sunny days on average than any other metro area in the US.
Definitely Denver gets many sunny days. Im not sure but I think Albuquerque also does.
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Old 06-01-2009, 03:33 AM
 
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Lubbock, TX comes to mind...palm trees don't seem to grow there, if that's what is meant by tropical. It has a huge number of clear days.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:52 AM
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Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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Lubbock, TX comes to mind...palm trees don't seem to grow there, if that's what is meant by tropical. It has a huge number of clear days.
Many of the rural areas in that region have a large number of cotton acres irrigated by the Ogallala Aquifer. How is the groundwater holding up?
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:07 AM
 
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Many of the rural areas in that region have a large number of cotton acres irrigated by the Ogallala Aquifer. How is the groundwater holding up?
It depends on where you're talking about. Most places in the region would be considered "severely stressed," but some places, due to recharge features and other factors, are doing better than others.

Lubbock itself gets some of its water from the Ogallala in a nearby county, but the water there is nearly depleted. About five years ago they drilled some new wells NE of Amarillo, in an area which was pretty much untapped at the time (now Boone Pickens is trying to sell it to points east). It gets most of its water from a reservoir in the same general area as the new wells, but that's getting somewhat low. Luckily it built a pretty big new lake SE of the city, and it should get water from it in about four years.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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I think the Denver area gets the most sunny days on average than any other metro area in the US.
Sorry, not true. My daughter lives in the Denver area and they have many more grey days than the metros in the desert southwest.

Las Cruces, NM averages between 330-350 days of sunshine per year. El Paso, TX is not far behind, averaging around 310 sunny days. Both Las Cruces and El Paso are located in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Moving west, the cities located in the Sonoran Desert boast the most sunny days per year (Tucson, Yuma, Phoenix...).

You will see palm trees in all of these cities, but the dry air quickly dispels any notion of 'tropical.'
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Denver
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I live in Denver and we get lots and lots of sunshine!! In fact, coming from Michigan originally, I sometimes look forward to cloudy days
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Compared to Michigan, the cloudiest state in the country, anywhere will seem sunny.
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