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Old 06-24-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Upstate, South Carolina
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If Boone is to warm try Highlands, NC.. very nice summer weather and the winters are snowy
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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If Boone is to warm try Highlands, NC.. very nice summer weather and the winters are snowy
Wikipedia shows Highlands as being slightly warmer than Boone. I should also add that Boone is only warmer than my absolute ideal. I could definitely be fine there for the most part. It's just a little warmer than where I live now (but cooler in the winter, which is fine).
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Upstate, South Carolina
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Year round Boone is slightly cooler, however after having lived in Boone, and with friends in Highlands it seems Highlands is less prone to summer heat extremes then Boone with the higher rain totals. I think the rain probably also leads to warmer winters. Both places are great climates to me.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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They definitely both look acceptable and even pleasant for nearly the entire year. Which is a lot better than most other towns and cities in the Southeast! (for me anyway)
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Oh yes. Although the Southern Appalachians don't have a good climate, we often forget just how vastly superior they are to the rest of the Southeast.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:20 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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As a long-time resident of the Southeast, I definitely concur with both Boone and Highlands being vastly superior to the rest of the region. If I had my choice between the 2, I'd go with Boone, since it's further north and tends to get more snow than Highlands, and it's possible to have a house above the 4000-foot level in the surrounding areas, which is key to getting into the ideal climate zone (for us cold lovers anyways...lol.)

I'm still bummed at my dad for not allowing me to go to college at Appalachian State in Boone, as he insisted that it'd be "too cold" - that's the very reason I wanted to go there. Ugh. At least I'll get my chance at a very long-overdue comeuppance when I finally do make the move to upstate New York...lol.

And I do have my week-long stay atop nearby Beech Mtn coming up in August, at 5200 feet - can't wait!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:55 PM
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Location: White House, TN
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Cookeville, TN is quite a bit cooler than Nashville Basin areas. It feels quite different sometimes.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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Elevation can make a big difference. I've seen many days in summer where Memphis and Paducah were together the hottest and most humid spots, whereas Nashville and Cookeville were cooler (of course the distinctly higher elevations were also cooler). The heat and humidity tends to pool in the lowest elevations, so a surprisingly little difference in elevation can make a noticeable difference in temperature and heat index. The October Blizzard in Pennsylvania was also very elevation-dependent. Lower elevations only changed over to snow rather late in the game, and there was only a few hundred foot difference between those places and places that got crushed with snowfall.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Cookeville, TN is quite a bit cooler than Nashville Basin areas. It feels quite different sometimes.
I used to work in Nashville and made deliveries to Cookeville once a week, and this is definitely true. It was still waaay too hot for me, but I could immediately tell a difference when I got there. It usually wasn't a drastic difference, but still noticeable.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Laurentia
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I may also add that the averages for East Tennessee vs. Nashville Basin are only a few degrees apart, but there is a "Smokies Influence" which causes the record highs to decrease much more than the averages. There's a full spectrum from Nashville to Cookeville to the peaks of the Smokies. So I'd say the difference would be much greater on the hottest day of the summer than on a typical summer day.

A good example is actually what's happening right now. For June 28-30, Nashville's forecast is 67/104F, 72/109F, and 76/108F. Cookeville's is 63/101F, 68/106F, and 72/105F. Mount Leconte's is 52/74F, 59/78F, and 62/77F.

On a side note, that 109F for Nashville is fairly eye-popping. I'm sure that that's close to the all-time record high. Check into the Summer 2012 thread for an additional post on that.
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