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Old 12-07-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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My friend & I are considering moving in about a year. We currently live in South Florida and have decided we are sick of the heat & furthermore are craving the snow. (It simply has never felt Christmasy living in Florida.) We have been thinking about North Carolina near the mountains. We are hoping to find a city with year round cool weather (like 70's & lower). We would also like to see some snow, not so light that it is gone before it hits the ground, wanting actual snow coating the ground. Kind of wanting a smaller city, but not so small that we can't find jobs (or some single men for that matter, lol) Can anyone suggest some cities for me to look into that fits what we're looking for?

Thanks in advance!
Robin
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Old 12-07-2008, 03:15 PM
 
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The only city I'm aware of with "year-round cool weather (like 70's & lower)" is the Boone area with normal daily high in July and August around 75 degrees. Boone is in the mountains, not foothills. Elevation is around 3,300 feet above sea level, hence the cooler summertime highs. If you get below 3,000 feet, expect warmer summers.

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Old 12-07-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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The only city I'm aware of with "year-round cool weather (like 70's & lower)" is the Boone area with normal daily high in July and August around 75 degrees.

http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/i...ap/watauga.jpg
Yep - that requirement sure makes it easy - Boone would be about it With the college there, there would also be a chance for meeting lots of men!
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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OK, so Boone has the year round weather that I desire. I was hoping more for the foothills than way up in the mountains. Are there any cities in the foothills that come close & also get more than a drizzle of snow? Sorry, I know I'm pushing it.

btw, I've been looking around the site and am truly loving the pictures. My heart just melts when I see snow pics...
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:07 PM
 
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OK, so Boone has the year round weather that I desire. I was hoping more for the foothills than way up in the mountains. Are there any cities in the foothills that come close & also get more than a drizzle of snow? Sorry, I know I'm pushing it.

btw, I've been looking around the site and am truly loving the pictures. My heart just melts when I see snow pics...
Nope. Sorry. But really Boone is not WAY up in the mountains. Remember, the mountains here aren't like the Rockies or Grand Tetons, lol. At the most our elevations are around 6000 feet, with most between 3000 and 4000
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:25 PM
 
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OK, so Boone has the year round weather that I desire. I was hoping more for the foothills than way up in the mountains. Are there any cities in the foothills that come close & also get more than a drizzle of snow?
Not in my opinion, but here's some foothill towns in general:

Columbus - EL. 1,100
Rutherford - EL. 1,075
Morganton - EL. 1,100
Marion - EL 1,395
Lenoir - EL. 1,182
Wilkesboro - EL. 1,047

If you want normal summertime highs in the 70's, think elevations above 3,000 feet. I'm at 2,200 feet and the normal summertime daily highs are in the low to mid 80's.

"Actually, the temperature drop with height (called lapse rate by meteorologists) is 3.57 degrees Fahrenheit per 1000 feet".

David R. Cook
Atmospheric Research Section
Environmental Research Division
Argonne National Laboratory

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Old 12-07-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Arden, NC
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OK, so Boone has the year round weather that I desire. I was hoping more for the foothills than way up in the mountains. Are there any cities in the foothills that come close & also get more than a drizzle of snow?
Snow is funny up here. Sometimes Asheville will get it and the areas north will get nothing. Last year Hendersonville had a fairly heavy snow one day yet it was nice in Asheville, sunny even. A few years go they got hammered on the other side of the mountains - ice/sleet in Old Fort, ice in the Triad, snow in Raleigh. Asheville and the area? Sunny. Or it will be snowing in the Nat Gorge but will be sunny before and after.

Boone might be a better option and even then it's not guaranteed. The farther reaches of Madison County might even be better but you'll be out in the sticks.

A friend of mine is a realtor and said that it's funny how everyone wants to live at elevation and be surrounded by snow until they have to drive in it then it's no longer fun and they want to move. I can show you 3 houses where the occupants made it a single winter before bailing.
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:29 AM
 
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Snow is funny up here. Sometimes Asheville will get it and the areas north will get nothing. Last year Hendersonville had a fairly heavy snow one day yet it was nice in Asheville, sunny even. A few years go they got hammered on the other side of the mountains - ice/sleet in Old Fort, ice in the Triad, snow in Raleigh. Asheville and the area? Sunny. Or it will be snowing in the Nat Gorge but will be sunny before and after.

Boone might be a better option and even then it's not guaranteed. The farther reaches of Madison County might even be better but you'll be out in the sticks.

A friend of mine is a realtor and said that it's funny how everyone wants to live at elevation and be surrounded by snow until they have to drive in it then it's no longer fun and they want to move. I can show you 3 houses where the occupants made it a single winter before bailing.
I think a lot of times the "idea" of something is better than the reality. The idea of snow seems romantic, especially to people who live in warm, snow-free states; but the reality is as you say - having to drive in it, or the ice storms that the area occasionally gets make it not so fun. We only spent vacations up in Asheville, but even those slopes could get mighty slippery, didn't like driving in that weather at all.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:19 AM
 
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To check the historical climate for many areas of the state:

Historical Climate Summaries for North Carolina | Welcome - Southeast Regional Climate Center
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Old 12-08-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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You could be very right about the idea/reality thing. I don't know that there is any way for me to find out then to try it though. I figure the best thing I could do is try to be informed. I have lived in snow (Indiana) when I was little, but I have never driven in it which does worry me. Not really sure that there is anything I can do to prepare for that.

castufari - I really don't want to be out in the sticks. lol

Does anyone know how the job market is in Boone? Horrible like everywhere else??? I'm a bookkeeper at a construction company currently. Jobs are hard to come by here, but I have heard that some places haven't really felt the effects of the economy.
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