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Old 07-05-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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Default Which States Have the Best of All Four Seasons

My family and I are looking to escape the crazy weather here in Kentucky. The summers are way too hot and the winters are just plain crazy,but we'd still like to be somewhere with all four seasons.

The beauty and open space in Oregon appeals to us, but the weather seems to still be too much like Ky...or am I wrong? Anyone who could clarify this...or let us know about weather in states other than Ky and the North East(We've lived there too.) We'd greatly appreciate any input.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Connecticut has the best four season weather IMO.






That's New Haven btw.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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^stunning fall colors.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:18 AM
 
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Silver City, New Mexico. Their motto is "four gentle seasons."

But it depends what you mean by the best of all four seasons. My idea of the best of all four seasons is a definite, but mild winter with not much snow.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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If you can find work, West Michigan has great 4 seasons with none of them being overpowering to the others. Snowy, but not too cold winters (coming from KY, you may disagree though), long warm Summers but not too hot (we have never seen triple digits where I live, close, but not quite). Nice Springs and beautiful Falls. Stickler, is the jobs right now, but that holds true just about everywhere. Family orientated communities and generally good schools. Some areas have GREAT schools and all the above as well. The closer you are to one of the Great Lakes, the more moderate the temp swings are during the year.
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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Silver City, New Mexico. Their motto is "four gentle seasons."
I would agree with this. Their wx is similar to that of Albuquerque, which is mild, four-season wx [when I say mild, I mean both winters and summers that are not extreme].

Although after viewing those New Haven pics, I'm thinking it'd be worth "suffering" the wx to live there.
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Old 07-05-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusettes, Wisconsin, New York
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Old 07-05-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusettes, Wisconsin, New York
Pretty much and several more.
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Old 07-05-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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The OP mentioned Oregon.
I've lived on the west side and east side of Oregon, and am currently in Tennessee.

The weather in Oregon and Kentucky aren't really comparable--not across the board.

First, humidity. Compared to Kentucky, Oregon is not humid. Sure, some areas of Oregon are humid relative to other west coast places, but compared to Kentucky? Not even the same game much less in the same ballpark.

Secondly, the weather in Oregon itself is very diverse. It's really different depending upon whether or not you're on the east side or west side of the Cascades and how close you are to the Pacific and how far north or south you are. This is a generalization, but, west side=wet; east side=dry. Many people are surprised to find out that much of Oregon is desert or semi-arid. I don't mean a little dry, but, I mean 6-9 inches total precip a year.

Another determining factor for the weather in Oregon is elevation. You can be within just few miles of another person and you may be getting rain, while they are buried in snow, or you may be socked in by fog and they are in the bright sunlight--all due to differences in elevation. A good rule of thumb is that temperature drops roughly 5 degress for every 1000 feet of elevation gain, all other factors being equal.

Finally, in western Oregon, you typically have milder, much wetter weather than eastern Oregon. In eastern Oregon, it is typically drier with wider temperature swings. Usually hotter summers and colder winters. But, the sun can sure shine a lot and you do get spoiled by not having the moss grow on your back!
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Old 07-05-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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If you can find work, West Michigan has great 4 seasons with none of them being overpowering to the others. Snowy, but not too cold winters (coming from KY, you may disagree though), long warm Summers but not too hot (we have never seen triple digits where I live, close, but not quite). Nice Springs and beautiful Falls. Stickler, is the jobs right now, but that holds true just about everywhere. Family orientated communities and generally good schools. Some areas have GREAT schools and all the above as well. The closer you are to one of the Great Lakes, the more moderate the temp swings are during the year.
Actually I was born and raised(first 27yrs) in Northern N.Y...Fort Drum Area. So cold's not so much an issue as Lake Effect Snow...don't like that stuff one bit. What parts of Michigan are exempt from the lake's wrath?
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