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Old 06-05-2007, 04:23 PM
 
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i heard on the radio today that you've got 12,000 + expected lightning strikes, and 70 mph winds. how often does that kind of weather occur? how often do you guys get hurricanes? other than that, i have heard conflicting stories on the day to day weather. some have said that it is unbearably hot and humid. others have said that the heat and humidity is ofset by the ocean breezes.

any information would be appreciated.

also, what is the muscle car scene like there, if anyone knows? is there a 1/4 mile drag strip? good shops with reasonable prices?
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Old 06-05-2007, 04:48 PM
 
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I just left Corpus thank goodness and I HATED it. It was VERY hot and humid and dirty and boring and I could go on and on. The hurricanes weren't a huge issue but thunderstorms and high winds were. As far as the ocean wind helping with the heat, imagine the steam that comes out of your dishwasher if you open it mid-cycle and that about sums it up. I don't know about muscle cars but I never saw any so that doesn't bode well. Cost of living was very high as well for what you got. The only positive I can think of was a lot of fresh produce. My husband and I are very active outdoor people but we both gained about twenty pounds while we lived there because it was so miserable you never want to go outside. (I am from Texas by the way so I thought I was used to heat) My advice is don't move there if you don't have to.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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The cost of living in Corpus is much less than in Minnesota. Vehicle license 1/2 of what we pay, property taxes less, the state takes 7% of every pay check in income tax, groceries are less in Corpus, gas costs less and electric rates are less than in MN. You cant touch a lot in MN for what an entire new home costs in Corpus. Corpus looked clean and although the downtown was not vibrant it was also clean. You want uncomfortable weather, try MN 9 months of the year, either too cold, too humid and hot or some kind of storms (blizzards, windchill, thunderstorms and tornado out brakes) as well as cloudy skies for weeks and weeks at least 5 months of the year.
We are checking out Harlingen in 2 weeks to compare it to Corpus.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:20 AM
 
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I'm not sure what you were listening to yesterday but we had a thunderstorm that lasted about 45 minutes. It wasn't a big deal. The wind was high--the paper said gusts of 47 mph, but it didn't last long or cause any serious damage. It wasn't a hurricane and didn't come off the Gulf.

We're as prone to hurricanes as any other Gulf Coast town. There hasn't been a bad one here in many years, but you can't really predict when we'll get another one. If you end up looking for a house here, some areas are more flood prone than others, so you should keep that in mind when you're shopping.

Summers are long, hot and humid. From May through at least September you can expect temperatures in the 90's and 100's and high humidity. Nevertheless, you see people out exercising at all times of day. I prefer to run early in the morning, but I sometimes still go at noon. Hot, but not impossible. And there are few things more beautiful than a run/ride/walk on the bayfront with the sun coming up.

I don't know about muscle cars, but there are classic car clubs and lowrider clubs. There is something called CC Speedway, but I don't know if it is still open or not. I have a neighbor who loves drag racing and I know he goes to San Antonio to watch races there.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:35 AM
 
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Marlow is right...it wasn't a big deal.....I love it here !
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:49 PM
 
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Summers are long, hot and humid.
This can't be emphasized enough. Humid, humid, humid. You can't even walk to your mailbox and back without breaking a sweat. You pick up a bottle of beer outside and all you've got in your hand is the label. You open your front door, or the door to your car and mother nature gives you a swift kick in the face.

But in contrast, the winters here are great, all 3 or 4 weeks of it. It'll get pretty cold once in a blue moon. In 2004 we had a white Christmas in Corpus with the area getting between 4-10 inches. Otherwise, it's gorgeous here in from as early as November to around May. The heat starts creeping back in around late May.

The cost of living can't be beat. Housing is cheap, gas is cheaper than anywhere else in the country usually, energy costs are low. Fishing is incredible! It's a trade-off though. There ain't much to look at here - it's not pretty. Lot's of oil refineries, chemical plants...not as many as Houston but Corpus has its fair share. As far as the weather goes, Marlow hit it right on the head. No need to repeat anything.

The car scene is good here. I have a buddy who is into car shows and what not. He's originally from San Diego and he was really surprised with the size of the interest here. Plus, San Antonio is only 2 hours north and they have a lot going on up there. Houston is 3.5 hours northeast...tons of stuff happening there all the time. Austin is close too and that's a big college town.

Hope this helps you.
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