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Old 04-15-2016, 01:27 AM
 
Location: WA
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At this point, I suspect one can't talk about wind in Reno as if it's the same in every area, and I don't know that it's a matter of wind bothering some people more than others. No, I think it differs in different areas.

It's clear from your statements that the wind was pretty bad where you were. I would not have moved to an area with wind so bad that it breaks outdoor furniture (teak, no less). I'm guessing the northwest Reno area? At any rate, I would not blame you for not liking it.

That said, we have wind occasionally, too, but it's certainly nothing of the strength or frequency that you indicate. I'd say we have wind a few days a month -- and not of the strength where we need to duck in case we're hit by flying chairs. It's quite pleasant where we are.

Anyway ...
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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At this point, I suspect one can't talk about wind in Reno as if it's the same in every area, and I don't know that it's a matter of wind bothering some people more than others. No, I think it differs in different areas.

It's clear from your statements that the wind was pretty bad where you were. I would not have moved to an area with wind so bad that it breaks outdoor furniture (teak, no less). I'm guessing the northwest Reno area? At any rate, I would not blame you for not liking it.

That said, we have wind occasionally, too, but it's certainly nothing of the strength or frequency that you indicate. I'd say we have wind a few days a month -- and not of the strength where we need to duck in case we're hit by flying chairs. It's quite pleasant where we are.

Anyway ...
I lived in SW Reno, I have mentioned that before in other posts and I have also said that the wind does not seem as bad downtown, but it's still windy. We used to go to Silver Peak on Wonder St. quite often and it wasn't unusual during spring and summer for it to be too windy to eat on their deck. I live in Sacramento, the air quality is not great, I admit that. I don't get defensive about it if someone mentions it. I still love the area just as many people love Reno in spite of the wind.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:13 AM
 
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Okay; understood. It's just that my experience with it doesn't seem to be what yours was, that's all.
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Old 04-15-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: central Orygun coast
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Wolfdog, it's good to hear that Reno is still on your short list. Yes, there are a few windy days and today was one of them...it wasn't a good day for a stroll in the park. When it happens, the winds can be fast and make things uncomfortable. But most days are sunny with clear skies, pleasant temps and little wind. One of the posts here stated that it is 'always windy' in Reno -- which is definitely not true. If that was true, we'd see more windmills, wind turbines etc like in the areas west of Palm Springs or the Netherlands but I haven't seen one since moving here, although I admit that I haven't visited every nook and cranny of the area. This is an area more suited to solar collectors than wind turbines.

In any case, if you make a decision to move here and it comes time to buying or renting a house, there are other posts in this forum that have provided opinions on which areas of the metro are best to avoid the worst winds on those few windy days. Also suggested has been to look for a house with a deck or balcony that doesn't face west -- east facing is probably the best choice. Good luck with your choice!
Perhaps you can summarize where those less-windy areas are.

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Old 04-15-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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Perhaps you can summarize where those less-windy areas are.
From what I recall, I don't think I have ever commented about which areas are less windy. I think you could find those previous posts with a wee bit of searching on your part and get more opinions than just mine. But now that you ask, in my limited experience here the high winds have almost always come from either the west or the south. So I think it would be best to look in areas that are nestled below higher areas to the west and south.

By dumb luck more than anything else, we ended up in an area of SW Reno that lies along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada ridge, and just north of a couple of smaller hills. I think that combo is keeping the winds down in our neighborhood, but I'm just guessing. I do recall seeing other posts that mention that Verdi seems windier than other areas -- and perhaps that is due to winds racing from the west along the Truckee River pass, but again it's only a guess and I've never lived in Verdi.

Bottom line for me is that the winds are too high to be comfortable outside only about 2 or maybe 3 days per month on average. But I compare that to the much greater amount of rainy days I experienced in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. --- in an average month back in those areas, the rain would keep me indoors far more often. I really enjoy the near-constant sunny blue sky here in Reno, even on those days when I'm inside and only looking out the window.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: 130 Miles E of Sacramento
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I wouldn't recommend living in Reno without a car. There aren't that many bus stops and it would take half a day to get to your destination if it only takes 20 minutes by car.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:13 AM
 
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Ride share is slowly easing into the area so I wouldn't quite discount living here just because you don't have a car
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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I don't have a car, use public transit extensively and have for years.
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Old 05-06-2016, 05:07 PM
 
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Pyewackette sorta nailed it. It gets awfully cold in the winter, although the summers are nice. But culturally it's the pits, and the casino mind set is crippling. People are not happy because, guess what?, they're losing money. I hardly ever saw any casino workers smile (real smiles), and the strange mentality means that if you are simply pleasant to someone they get a little miffed because they think you want something from them.

It's a town of addicts. No, not everything is about the casinos, but when you can't even go the grocery store w/o seeing people on slot machines something is wrong. The people that like Reno live way out in the burbs, like outdoorsy stuff, and seldom come into town, which has a fair sized rif raf problem in places, along w/ some crime. Just an unhealthy atmosphere. Anyway, yes you can live there w/o a car. A bike will get you around, but you will have problems getting to the further flung reaches of the city by bike or bus, and it will take you forever to get anywhere on the bus.

I never thought about the wind except in winter, when it would cut right through you. One night I walked to work (graveyard shift desk clerk) and when I got there had icicles in my beard. Not about now, but it was nearly impossible to find a place that would hire me w/ a beard. Reno is a very strange place. You can get drunk as a skunk 24 hours a day, gamble most anywhere, go to a bordello not too far from town, but the casinos want to present a "clean" image, so no beards. Just clean drunks, gamblers, and hookers. Go figure.

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Old 05-09-2016, 05:19 PM
 
Location: central Orygun coast
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If I needed a job badly enough, I'd certainly shave my beard and maintain a short, neat haircut. But that's me.
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