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Old 09-18-2008, 11:44 AM
Location: Sacramento, CA
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I lived in Miami (and Hialeah) for 10 years. I was okay with the heat and humidity, especially coming from NYC, but once I moved to Sacramento, CA, it was like night and day.

I tolerated one of the hottest summers on record here. The temp went up to about 115 degrees F, and it was almost no problem for me, except for the occasional nasal discomfort. The temps stayed over 100 for about a week or two. When I went to Orlando to visit my dad, it was only 85 and it was so thick I had a hard time breathing!

I'll take a 110 F dry heat over a 90 F humid day every time. Like someone stated above, I don't have to worry about my boys being uncomfortable, LOL
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:36 PM
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by doggiebus View Post
Miami had 313 days in 2007 in the 80s and 90s, read that again 313 days. Thats 10 months of hot and/or humid weather. We really didn't get a break from the summer weather, which I hate btw.

I have never been to Phoenix, but I have been to Denver when its 90F and there is no comparison to a dry heat and humidity, humidity is worse by far. We sat outside and had a nice lunch in 90F (dry heat), I could never do that in Miami, I would be drenched in sweat. If you are having a hard time with the dry heat already, forget South Florida because the humidity is worse. I was born here in South Florida and spend about 10 months out of the year mostly indoors during the daytime, because of our heat/humidity. At least Phonix gets a break and has a simi winter. There are people that say you get used to the humidity, I am sorry, but they are just full of it...

As far as the showers question, yes the showers cool us off a little, but it doesn't help as much as you would think as the showers are short usually, so don't do to much. Right before a shower the humidity gets to 100% and its misrable outside.

As far as entertainment, well that really depends on the individual. There are some people that think Miami is pretty boring than there are people that think the party/Club scene here is great and so think Miami has great entertainment. It really depends on what you are into.

Another thing, I really think that because we have such warm weather we do not celebrate the holidays like they should be celebrated. Christmas is suppose to have a slight crisp in the air at the very least, when its 80F+ outside on Christmas, that doesn't put you in the holiday spirit. Also in October and November, we really don't celebrate the Fall like we are suppose too. Or the 4th of July, its just way to hot, humid and mosquitos are out at that time, so you don't really enjoy the 4th like the rest of the country does. I can go on and on about this subject.

Anyplace in Southeast will have humidity to the point you will not want to go outside for a portion of the year, but South Florida IMO, is a 10 month out of the year hot and humid place I don't like to go outside. It wasn't this way when I was a child, global warming.... Make sure to come for a long vacation a few times before you decide wether South Florida weather wise is right for you, and also look at other places, maybe North florida they get a cooler winter (a break from the heat unlike South Florida) in the 60s/70s for a few months at least. Or Georgia or the Carolinas, they have better year round weather than we do.

AGREED 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lived here all my life and agree with everything you say!
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:38 PM
Location: USA
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Originally Posted by planetsurf View Post
I LOVED the weather in San Diego ... I'll take the grey, overcast mornings and a cool grey winter for clear and warm afternoons the rest of the year.
BUT my wife didn't like it at all -- she GREATLY prefers the heat in Miami.

I think I agree that you are either "built" to handle the heat or not. Like in Phoenix, you can get used to how to handle the heat, tactics, when to go out, how to dress, but in the end it either works for you or not.
My kids are a perfect example... My son is slammed by the heat - I pick him up every day from school and he's sticky and flushed.
My daughter looks like she just got out of a refrigerator! She could be outside all day, her body just handles it better.
ME, I mow my own lawn; when I'm done I take my shoes off (outside), take my DRENCHED shirt off and hose myself off outside just to clean-up and start the "cooling off" process. I can handle it, but it is DRENCHING to do something like mow a lawn in the summer.

Here is the weather today:
Miami as of 12:53 PM
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 86
Wind: NE 13 mph
Dew point: 71
Pressure: 29.97 in.
Heat Index: 92
Humidity: 61%
Visibility: 10.0 miles

A decent breeze blowing -- it's all relative but it's kind of nice today!

5 Day:
T-storms T-storms T-storms T-storms T-storms
90 | 74 88 | 74 88 | 76 88 | 76 88 | 76

stephens52, you just need to come down and see which one you are for yourself -- I don't think it's something you can judge from a message board.
Oh yeah and it rains more here than in Seattle!
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:25 AM
Location: Miami
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I like the dry heat of Phoenix better than Miami's humid heat too. I think the dryness would get to me after awhile though. As far as the rain compared to Seattle - I'd much rather have our rainy season, our storms, than the continuous dreary drizzle of the Pacific Northwest. That area of the country is gorgeous but I couldn't take the weeks and weeks of gray, drizzly days. I need to see the sun at least once a week!
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:59 PM
Location: San Francisco, CA
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This sucks.

Dont move in here, pls. what's that :O omg its a hurricane
well nvm, it was only a little storm.

next year comes
WTF INSURANCE! 50% more expensive! oh KAY !

Got the point? Low salary, big costs. In other words.
Unlike in Cali for example: Big costs, big salary.

Crime sux too, Florida is a part of the "Retarded South"
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by heydade View Post
pheonix is DRY HEAT which is not that bad. Wait till you feel the sticky wet HUMID heat where your testicals start sweating and sticking together after only being 10 minutes outside walking in summer. I kid you not. Its disgusting....the heat is disgusting. Stay in pheonix ! Believe me...the grass is NOT greener on the other side
HA! I agree. There is nothing like that wet, humid feel early in the a.m. when you go out to get your paper. By the time you get inside, your palms are sweaty. And that lasts from April to October. Dry heat, although very intense cools down and it doesnt stay so hot for so long in Arizona.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:50 PM
Location: Miami
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It was already in the 40's the other night in Scottsdale. At least you can cool off after a hot day. It's still a hot humid summer here in Miami.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:26 PM
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I appreciate all of your responses and honest answers. After a few weeks or so, and all of the negative comments about how it is no fun there, I still think the grass will be greener on the other side.

First of all, Phoenix and Miami are very comparable in terms of crime but that does not bother me because I don't do stupid things. Secondly, I could drive at most 30 min and be at the ocean which is better than any activity here in the desert.

Plus, people complain about the high number of Hispanics in Miami, but Phoenix is filled with illegals. Learning Spanish will be something I am going to do eventually so I can get by. Plus, I find it very interesting and a part of the charm of the city.

All these people in this state and not one amusement park or activity in general other than golf. Plus, it's over 100 when you wake up to get the paper and believe you me, I've been here for 5 years and have been to parts of Florida and Georgia and the humidity is much more manageable. It is just impossible to go outside from May-September so I just sit inside and watch tv. I can't even take my dog to the park to play.

Again, I appreciate all of the input so far and respect all of your opinions. I just know that Phoenix is not for me and do not want to be in California. I want to be on the east coast and on the water, so Miami is the best option.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:07 PM
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miami has ocean feel then phoenix hot sun and its dry miami hands down win
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:15 PM
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No, Miami's worse.
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