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Old 02-19-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Pa
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Isn't the traffic and crowding bad in Peoenix too? Must be even worse in Tampa or you wouldn't have written that.
The traffic was nonstop anytime of the day in Tampa. Here in Phoenix as long as you do not travel during rush hour, it is not a problem at all. All of the highways have HOV lanes so even during rush hour we had no problem getting around, not so in Fla.
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:54 AM
 
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In 2004 my sister, at the age of 65, had her Florida house trashed by the hurricanes that year. She packed up whatever personal items she and her daughter could fit into two cars and headed for Racine Wisconsin where she had another daughter. That was after living in Florida for 46 years,

My wife and I figured that after one winter there, she would be ready to come back to Florida. That did not happen at all; she loves it there. Winters don't bother her, when the weather is bad (which is not all the time) she just stays inside. Today it is in the upper 50s and sunny; so much for the 8 or 9 months of having to stay inside theory.

Just like so many other things in life, when it comes to weather, one size doesn't fit all. Which, come to think about it, really works out well. Otherwise everyone would be jammed into one part of the country and the rest of it would be vacant.


(2nd paragraph ).........."Today it is in the upper 50's "

I sure wouldn't use an abnormal few days to prove/disprove anything.


we are already past mid February and the all time record high for Racine Wisconsin for February 19 is 57.


With December, January, and over half of February already gone........the normal high and low for Racine for February 19 is still only 34 and 20
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It's all about the gear and having the willingness to embrace the winter PP53. We went skiing in Idaho a few years ago and the snow was just beautiful. I personally need all four seasons to be happy but there's just something about snow that makes me insane. You will either learn to love it or hate it living in Idaho. You will need some good boots and a super warm coat. I love my winter gear and I'm just as comfortable outside in it as I am inside. If you're the woodsy out doors type I'm sure you'll be happy there. What an adventure
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:13 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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(2nd paragraph ).........."Today it is in the upper 50's "

I sure wouldn't use an abnormal few days to prove/disprove anything.


we are already past mid February and the all time record high for Racine Wisconsin for February 19 is 57.


With December, January, and over half of February already gone........the normal high and low for Racine for February 19 is still only 34 and 20
I guess the point I was trying to make is that even in Racine during the winter, the weather doesn't have to be necessarily one long Siberian slog with no breaks as some people suggest. There are good days and bad days; good weeks and bad weeks.

That being said, we are moving to Tennessee to get some winter, but not a northern type. That suits us.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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It depends on the person but I think it's best to rent for a year and then decide. My husband and I don't even go anywhere cold for vacation let alone living there. The last time we went to the Grand Canyon t was snowing and 17 degree outside. But we were in the heated train the whole time. It's best to know oneself.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I was going to move to Colorado, seeking cooler weather, but wanted to wait while my parents were still alive. Now they are gone, I am over 70, and I no longer tolerate cold well.
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Old 02-19-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I like Idaho Falls and I have spent a lot of time there in all seasons. Just south of IF there is the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Chubbuck/Blackfoot. One of the best ever state fairs! And the Heise Hot Springs aren't that far either. Then there's Swan Valley and the Snake River Valley too. Jackson Hole is just over Teton Pass. Great place to live as long as you are in good shape and mobile. Beautiful country.

It can be very cold and snowy. They have a lot of snow this year and there has already been flooding. Once you get to the point where you are worried about falling on the ice and start staying in all Winter, I would be looking to move elsewhere.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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The traffic was nonstop anytime of the day in Tampa. Here in Phoenix as long as you do not travel during rush hour, it is not a problem at all. All of the highways have HOV lanes so even during rush hour we had no problem getting around, not so in Fla.
Yeah, Tampa traffic is AWFUL! We don't go there anymore.
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Old 02-19-2017, 02:27 PM
 
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I suspect a lot of the tolerance and sometimes even enjoyment of the cold and snow is age dependent. Someone who retires young is going to think differently. I know my choices have altered from the time I retired at age 64 until now at age 70. I detest the cold. Do not like shoveling snow and worry about a heart attack. The last snow was very wet and heavy. Just shoveling over a foot off the front porch and sidewalk was enough. My club was going to have an archery shoot. That was snowed out. It has been over a week and I still cannot even walk across the backyard to the wood pile.


Nope, snow and winter weather are for younger people. Those of you who are reaching retirement age might want to take heed. You might be moving again within a very few years.


Meanwhile I am packing for Hawaii!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have never been a cold person. It is a hassle to deal with, from the shoveling/blowing, commuting/driving, weight on the roof, inability to keep animals outdoors, etc.

What gets me about winter is not necessarily cooler temperatures, but the endless grey skies here in Tennessee and dead vegetation from November - March.
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