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Old 03-03-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: N.H previosly Md.
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I moved to New Hampshire about 14 years ago from Maryland. I do not miss the heat and humidity of the summers at all. We live on the side of a mountain at about 1100 ft. We do not need A.C in the summer, but the winters here are much longer. In Md. it gets cold but you cannot enjoy it because there is nothing to do.

I think the key to living in a northern climate is to find a winter hobby. Snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing etc etc..I have miles of trails out back of my house. I snowshoe a lot out in the winter and trail run and mountain bike in the summer. it's not for everyone, but with the proper clothing winter can be tolerable.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:35 PM
 
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Nothing wrong with that but how many travel to North Dakota in the Winter. Most people try to escape the extremes not experience them.
Not sure what you mean.
I was talking about people escaping the extreme summer heat in TX to experience temperate mountain summers, i.e. the opposite of snowbirds. You called them "heat birds" but we refer to ourselves as sunbirds.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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well you might consider that scientists did a simulation of zombies overrunning the country and according to that the best place to be is the upper rockies.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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I live three mile from the gulf of mexico, the heat not the problem, you get use to the heat. the problem is, it rain everyday. everyday at 2 pm, its rains, and then you get steamed
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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If you are retiring, then what would you need to do in the heat of the day? It is not like you are a working roofer and need to be on the roof working in the heat of the day.

Here in SC, the heat of the day is between 2pm and 5 pm so get things done before or after that time during the summer.

My house, my car, etc, are air conditioned. Sitting in the shade with a cold drink is much different then being on the roof working.

During the summer, I play golf from 8am to noon. By 3pm I am napping in my air conditioned house after taking a cooling shower.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If you are retiring, then what would you need to do in the heat of the day? It is not like you are a working roofer and need to be on the roof working in the heat of the day.

Here in SC, the heat of the day is between 2pm and 5 pm so get things done before or after that time during the summer.

My house, my car, etc, are air conditioned. Sitting in the shade with a cold drink is much different then being on the roof working.

During the summer, I play golf from 8am to noon. By 3pm I am napping in my air conditioned house after taking a cooling shower.
Are you in the mountains? If not, color me skeptical, although certainly you ought to know if you live there. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the "heat of the day" lasts 24 hours, at least in July and August. I tried jogging in the pre-dawn darkness before the sun was up and it did no good whatsoever. The misery index remains pegged 24 hours a day.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:36 PM
 
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AS you can see, we are all different. I am a Fl native, still living here happily at 65 y.o. I have been to other states in the summer (midwest, the Carolinas, Louisiana) and found ALL of them far, far worse than anywhere in Florida. The coasts temper everthing so it rarely gets over low 90s. And while humid, we almost always have breezes. Plus, you can live in a microclimate, either near a coast or lake, or area of lots of trees. I cannot tolerate cold weather AT ALL, (absolutely DESPISE it) so there is no other place in the country I would live. I actually don't mind some humidity either. For me, a state like Virginia would still be way to cold in the winter, yet have uncomfortable summers.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I'm considering a move to Virginia, specifically the Chesapeake area. This is southeastern VA near Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News. If I could find a place I would prefer the Williamsburg area to the north.

I have experienced the winters there and it's fine--I don't mind occasional snow or temperatures in the 40s and 50s--and a few pleasant days in the 70s.

But what about the summers? There was only one time that I was there at the end of August and due to the blasting heat and humidity, I barely made it from the a/c house to the a/c car. It just about knocked me out.
I have been told that it's like having several New England months of July--ugh. So how do you cope? Stay inside in a/c all day long? Or go from a/c to a/c to a/c?

Also, I read that they spray constantly for mosquitoes. This worries me--I have a dog and I don't want him walking in pesticides, also any edible plants that I would grow. Anyone in the southeast, how are the summers? Do they limit your activities? Do you get used to it?
Virginia is one of the Mid-Atlantic states. It is not in the Deep South, nor in the South East. There is a huge difference in the weather. I love Newport News and the surrounding area. I can guarantee you the Navy personnel and their families do not hide indoors to avoid the heat. My BIL and his family went swimming, sailing, etc. Generally, people in the Mid-Atlantic states who live near the ocean and/or bay participate in water activities during the summer.

Do you currently stay inside the entire month of July? Surely you don't.

I think you already know the only way you'll know if you will get used to it is to try it.

BTW, You could spend some of your summer days in the air conditioned libraries and courthouses researching one of my family lines. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Western SC
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I'm considering a move to Virginia, specifically the Chesapeake area. This is southeastern VA near Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News. If I could find a place I would prefer the Williamsburg area to the north.

I have experienced the winters there and it's fine--I don't mind occasional snow or temperatures in the 40s and 50s--and a few pleasant days in the 70s.

But what about the summers? There was only one time that I was there at the end of August and due to the blasting heat and humidity, I barely made it from the a/c house to the a/c car. It just about knocked me out.
I have been told that it's like having several New England months of July--ugh. So how do you cope? Stay inside in a/c all day long? Or go from a/c to a/c to a/c?

Also, I read that they spray constantly for mosquitoes. This worries me--I have a dog and I don't want him walking in pesticides, also any edible plants that I would grow. Anyone in the southeast, how are the summers? Do they limit your activities? Do you get used to it?

Note: Coastal Viriginia should be a bit more tolerable than where I live

How do I cope: Avoid the outdoors if possible, when outdoors STAY UNDER THE TREE!

How are they: I hate everything from May-September. The rest is good.

Do they limit activities: Not necessarily, but it makes everything worse.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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The ladies of South Carolina do not perspire......they glisten.....
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