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Old 01-06-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: IN
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To call temps below -4F common every winter is not true at all. Many years it will never get below zero. In fact, 14 out of the last 30 years never had a temp below zero. In 2006, the temperature never got below 22 degrees.

I can't find and average of number of days with a below zero temp, but average days with a low under 10 degrees is 11 per year. Below zero temps happen much less often than below 10 in KC. I would guess that average might be 2 days a year.
That is true, there is much more variability with KC's climate compared to the vast majority of the Midwest which is obviously far colder overall. So, the extremes of a KC winter would be having a low temperature of -23F in 1989 or the mildest being 22F in 2006- which does seem extraordinarily mild to me. The average winter temperatures have certainly increased over the last few decades with the warming climate as well. As noted, "averages" are based on a thirty year set period of data.
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Old 01-06-2017, 02:57 PM
 
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I've lived in Minnesota (and was born and raised in northern Illinois, near the Wisconsin border...also spent significant time in WI, though never as a resident). Winters in KC will be a piece of cake. Even the "bad" weather days. At most, it's an occasional annoyance.

I agree with this. I'm a southern California native (36 years), moved to eastern Iowa 23 years ago, and visited my daughter frequently for 8 years when she lived in Kansas City. There is no comparison. The thing about KC is that the roads can get pretty icy in winter.
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:57 AM
 
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I would agree with this assessment of the humidity. The short period that I was in KC was during the peak of summer. Growing up in SoCal I'd say my tolerance for humidity is quite a bit less than most. That said, I found the KC heat and humidity to be tolerable and better than expected - I frequently went on jogs when it was 90+ outside and humid. I've also spent a summer in Georgia and that is horrid heat and humidity.

I also have family in Minnesota and have only been there during the summer time; it still got hot and muggy up there, so if you can tolerate that then I don't think it'll be an issue in KC.
I'm with you, Flav. I lived most of my life in places like Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Ventura, and the humidity in KC has been a challenge. Then again, my parents, who still live in SoCal, tell me the humidity has been getting a lot worse even in their edge-of-the-desert community over the past 5 years, so KC's humidity seems less oppressive now, especially when you factor in the cost of living, food, culture, etc.
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:01 AM
 
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OP, if your goal is to outright AVOID bitter winter cold, then KC would not be the right place. While it's true that the temps fluctuate wildly and next week is expected to rise back into the 40s and 50s for a few days, as I type this it's 6 degrees, which, as I know from just having taken my dog out to pee, is really cold.

Nashville and Charlotte will both have milder winters than Kansas City, in general. Whether there are other balancing factors for you that make one city more desirable than another—culture, cost of living, politics, food, sports, proximity to recreation, employment, schools—is up to you.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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I agree with this. I'm a southern California native (36 years), moved to eastern Iowa 23 years ago, and visited my daughter frequently for 8 years when she lived in Kansas City. There is no comparison. The thing about KC is that the roads can get pretty icy in winter.
It is true about ice in the KC Metro area - unfortunately; and it occurs every winter. Biggest issue is that when we do get icy conditions, the temp doesn't rebound above freezing for several days, and in some instances longer than a few days.
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Old 01-07-2017, 11:42 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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OP, if your goal is to outright AVOID bitter winter cold, then KC would not be the right place. While it's true that the temps fluctuate wildly and next week is expected to rise back into the 40s and 50s for a few days, as I type this it's 6 degrees, which, as I know from just having taken my dog out to pee, is really cold.

Nashville and Charlotte will both have milder winters than Kansas City, in general. Whether there are other balancing factors for you that make one city more desirable than anotheróculture, cost of living, politics, food, sports, proximity to recreation, employment, schoolsóis up to you.
Yes, Kansas City has winter and it gets cold. You are not avoiding winter in Kansas City.
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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No. You are simply avoiding a Minnesota-like winter.

If not dealing with cold weather at ALL is a priority, obviously, move further south.
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:09 PM
 
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It was 3 degrees here yesterday morning. It gets cold.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:55 AM
 
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Yes, and it was 3 degrees at Table Rock as well with the wind chill thrown in. You think Memphis didn't get some of it?
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:57 PM
 
Location: IN
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It is true about ice in the KC Metro area - unfortunately; and it occurs every winter. Biggest issue is that when we do get icy conditions, the temp doesn't rebound above freezing for several days, and in some instances longer than a few days.
That is why I much prefer climate areas that get mostly all snow throughout the winter, instead of Lower Midwest and Upper South areas that get sleet and freezing rain precipitation types with temperatures too close to freezing most of the time.
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