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Old 07-04-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I'm from Michigan and disagree with you 100%. My old man (visiting right now) disagrees too. The weather here is fantastic and I'd rather deal with this heat than midwest humidity and having to unearth my driveway every winter.


To each his own I guess....I actually woke up at 3 in the morn last night and got in my car and fired up the ac and blasted it on my face for about 20 minutes......
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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To each his own I guess....I actually woke up at 3 in the morn last night and got in my car and fired up the ac and blasted it on my face for about 20 minutes......
Why did you get in the car and not just turn the AC doWn in the house?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Why did you get in the car and not just turn the AC doWn in the house?

I needed a more concentrated direct blast in the face.......
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: MT/35 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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yeah, it's great when you are leaving from your garage assuming of course the road is clear and doesn't have ice and snow. I did that this winter. There were mornings it was cold but leaving from a garage made it better. However, it's a totally different situation when your car has been parked outside overnight or outside for a prolonged period of time as mine was when it was 7 degrees outside and my car didn't heat up until 20 minutes later. The steering wheel was cold. The windows were iced over. I had to sit in my car for 10 minutes just for the windows to clear from the frost. Leaving your car in 110 degrees outside is much better. Yeah, it's hot when you first get in but you don't have to wait for frost to come off your windows. You don't have to worry about snow or ice on the roads. You can roll the windows down and let some breeze in to help cool down the car. Rolling down the windows in cold weather doesn't warm the car, it makes it worse.

People say you can wear layers and it makes it all better. B.s. When it's 7 degrees outside, no amount of clothing compensates for that. Your face freezes even with a scarf wrapped around it. The term bone chilling cold rings true. That type of cold goes right through your clothes and you try to get indoors as fast as you can. Us phoenecians were all saying how we would gladly take 115 outside in phoenix over this at that time. This was in sierra vista this winter. It was so cold, they ran out of natural gas in the area so people with gas heaters were out of luck. You don't want to be in that situation.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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Air conditioning was a revolution. I was raised with a swamp cooler, only the Fox Theater had air conditioning but it caught on as prices went down mainly thanks to Goettl putting out good units at a fair price. Also too, we used to get winter visitors but it slowly changed to the winter visitors moving here and then going back home during the hot months.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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Because Phoenix is that cool.
I love that you said that.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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What is a swamp cooler?
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:56 AM
 
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What is a swamp cooler?
It's slang for Evaporative Cooler.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Air conditioning was a revolution. I was raised with a swamp cooler, only the Fox Theater had air conditioning but it caught on as prices went down mainly thanks to Goettl putting out good units at a fair price. Also too, we used to get winter visitors but it slowly changed to the winter visitors moving here and then going back home during the hot months.
Same here. Swamp cooler 'til the mid 70s. It wasn't that bad. Muggy during the monsoons.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale
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Some people just want to see sunshine. There are a lot of places in this country that are overcast even if it doesn't rain a lot there. Having that clear bright blue sky with sunlight and puffy clouds with the mountains and open space in the background is very unique and uplifting. That's what draws a lot of people to AZ.
Count me as a "sunshine" person. For me, Phoenix is great because of the abundance of sunshine, favorable winters, and low humidity. I grew up in Michigan but have lived in the Valley for a decade. I spent the last year in Dallas/Austin Texas, and was very happy to get back to Phoenix recently. Great cities for many other reasons, but the weather changes were a deal-breaker for me. The winter was overcast nearly more than it was actually clear or sunny. Obviously, the winters in Texas weren't bitterly cold, but what was a similar factor as Midwest winters was the preponderance of days you wake up to a battleship grey sky. That tends to get me down just as the near-perpetual sunny skies here tend to cheer me up. Sure, you can acclimate eventually or just deal with it, but I'm just trying to say that even somewhat subtle changes are noticeable. The summers in Texas were much tougher IMO too - nearly the same heat, with double or triple the humidity/dew point. The summers here and in Texas both sucked, no question. The difference is that here the payoff you get for sweating it out is worth it - nearly perfect (for me) the rest of the year.

If 4 seasons are your thing, plenty of places you can live for that. For me, I'll take the predictability here: the default of hot/sunny/dry with the occasional anomaly of rain/cold/clouds.
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