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Old 03-13-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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You are correct in assuming that you can wear shorts during the day, but have to change into jeans at midnight.

Even in the summer, the temps regulary drop into the 50's at night.
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Old 03-13-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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The climate is different from what you've experienced before. The weather patterns are different. There are beautiful, warm days possible any time of year, and there are occasional inclement days year round. To illustrate: in the Front Range, golf is a year round sport; golf courses are open year round; they close for occasional days when weather is bad. Those occasional bad weather days can be any month of the year, but golf courses don't close down for the winter, or for spring, summer, or fall.
Ok, so to clarify are you saying that there is pretty much a decent chance of both good and bad weather any time of the year? So it's not safe to assume that it would almost always be warm in July and cold in January? Are you saying a 80 degree day in Jan isn't a fluke but is rather common? Same with, let's say a 30 degree day in July? I realize that strange weather patterns can happen nearly anywhere, even somewhere such as San Diego for example. But I find it a tad crazy to think that I couldn't expect at least 95% of the days in June, July, or Aug to be warm, and 95% of the days in Jan or Feb to be cold. I just want to make sure that what I just said is indeed what you're trying to tell me.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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You are correct in assuming that you can wear shorts during the day, but have to change into jeans at midnight.

Even in the summer, the temps regulary drop into the 50's at night.

Well I guess 50 isn't so bad. Basically I don't want to have to be cold except from October - March. I define cold as below 50. I also don't want snow in May, June, July, August, or September. And preferably not in April or October either...but if the most of the time it's nice I could probably deal with a small amount of snow in April or Oct. The main criteria my wife and I have are none of this -10 crap we get regularly here in Iowa, and more sunshine. I'm fairly certain that Ft. Collins does have that part covered. But can I also assume that I will rarely see snow in the months that I mentioned? And could I safely assume that it will be at least 70-75 degrees most of the late spring, summer, and early fall days and not much colder than 50 degrees at night during those seasons? I think I'm beginning to sound like a weather wuss here, but one of the many reasons I can't wait to get out of Iowa is that I'm sick of being cold! I don't want to end up just moving to ANOTHER cold place...you know what I mean?
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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. . .I think I'm beginning to sound like a weather wuss here, but one of the many reasons I can't wait to get out of Iowa is that I'm sick of being cold! I don't want to end up just moving to ANOTHER cold place...you know what I mean?
Sorry, but when you put it that way. . .
Think about other possibilities than Ft Collins, Colorado. No doubt about it. You will have some cold weather, sometimes very cold, and you will sometimes have to shovel snow. Ft. Collins does not have a warm climate.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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Ok, so to clarify are you saying that there is pretty much a decent chance of both good and bad weather any time of the year? So it's not safe to assume that it would almost always be warm in July and cold in January? Are you saying a 80 degree day in Jan isn't a fluke but is rather common? Same with, let's say a 30 degree day in July? I realize that strange weather patterns can happen nearly anywhere, even somewhere such as San Diego for example. But I find it a tad crazy to think that I couldn't expect at least 95% of the days in June, July, or Aug to be warm, and 95% of the days in Jan or Feb to be cold. I just want to make sure that what I just said is indeed what you're trying to tell me.
80 degrees in January would be pretty newsworthy, but I'm sure it's happened . 65 degrees is fairly common in January. Every year will see a few winter days in the 70s. But it could just as easily be 8 degrees as 80, and probably a bit more likely, to tell you the truth.

In July and August, frankly, it's hot here -- the sun is really strong in mid-summer. That's when we all head up to the mountains. No way it hits 30 degrees in town in July (maybe on the top of Long's Peak), and if it does, I think everyone would be happy to get a little relief. In July, I'd worry more about the times it hits 100 degrees than it hitting 30. Summers are really not that variable here. Sure -- one day might be 100 degrees, the next day 75, but it's pretty consistently hot in summer. In fact, you can pretty much count on warm to hot temps from Memorial Day to Labor day.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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Sorry, but when you put it that way. . .
Think about other possibilities than Ft Collins, Colorado. No doubt about it. You will have some cold weather, sometimes very cold, and you will sometimes have to shovel snow. Ft. Collins does not have a warm climate.
Right, but is it significantly warmer than the climate here in Iowa? And I don't just mean in the summertime...but overall would you say that Ft. Collins is a warmer or colder climate than Coralville, especially in the winter? The climate graphs show that it is warmer during the winter months from what I see. However the graphs also show me that on average Ft. Collins gets around 3 - 4 inches of snow in May, about 0.5 inches in June, and about 1 inch in Sept. But I seem to hear a slightly different story on the forums. I just want to know which I should expect...not 100% of the time, but most of the time. Maybe I'm missing something here, I guess I don't know. I just feel like after many posts on this, I'm still not sure what to expect and I feel a bit confused about the weather. Keep in mind I was in Ft. Collins for a brief time last August...and it was beautiful then. But I want to know whether I can count on that for most of the "warm" months or not. Basically in a nutshell...can I expect for the weather from late April/early May - late Sept/early Oct to be sunny, warm, and without snow at least most of the time? I guess besides that, the only thing I really need to know is that the winters indeed aren't commonly as cold as Iowa winters. Is this the case?
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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In July and August, frankly, it's hot here -- the sun is really strong in mid-summer. That's when we all head up to the mountains. No way it hits 30 degrees in town in July (maybe on the top of Long's Peak), and if it does, I think everyone would be happy to get a little relief. In July, I'd worry more about the times it hits 100 degrees than it hitting 30. Summers are really not that variable here. Sure -- one day might be 100 degrees, the next day 75, but it's pretty consistently hot in summer. In fact, you can pretty much count on warm to hot temps from Memorial Day to Labor day.

That makes me feel somewhat better. I want it to be hot in the summertime...that's the point of summer is it not? I love hot, sunny, dry summer days! Too bad many of the hot summer days here in Iowa are spoiled by rain, tornado warnings, and thunderstorms. Oh and not to mention the humidity! Although I'd still prefer hot and humid days to cold and snowy ones...although my wife would disagree. Which is why we think that just MAYBE Ft. Collins would be a good compromise for us.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Ok, so to clarify are you saying that there is pretty much a decent chance of both good and bad weather any time of the year? So it's not safe to assume that it would almost always be warm in July and cold in January?
Yes
Are you saying a 80 degree day in Jan isn't a fluke but is rather common? Same with, let's say a 30 degree day in July?
I think the all-time high in January is in the low 70s. I found a website once that listed the high/low for every day on a graph, but I didn't bookmark it and I'll be darned if I can find it now. I don't know about the all-time low for July. Probably somewhere around 40. It is not unusual to have a 70 degree day in July, though July and August are both usually hot. From about mid-June to mid-August, the highs are usually in the upper 80s to the 90s.
I realize that strange weather patterns can happen nearly anywhere, even somewhere such as San Diego for example. But I find it a tad crazy to think that I couldn't expect at least 95% of the days in June, July, or Aug to be warm, and 95% of the days in Jan or Feb to be cold. I just want to make sure that what I just said is indeed what you're trying to tell me.
June is sort of two separate weather months, with the early days being coolish (70s-low 80s) and the latter days trending towards hot. January is often warm and dry; often warmer than March.

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Right, but is it significantly warmer than the climate here in Iowa?
Yes, I think so. I think you need to look at some weather websites.
And I don't just mean in the summertime...but overall would you say that Ft. Collins is a warmer or colder climate than Coralville, especially in the winter?
Definitely warmer.

The climate graphs show that it is warmer during the winter months from what I see. However the graphs also show me that on average Ft. Collins gets around 3 - 4 inches of snow in May, about 0.5 inches in June, and about 1 inch in Sept. But I seem to hear a slightly different story on the forums. I just want to know which I should expect...not 100% of the time, but most of the time. Maybe I'm missing something here, I guess I don't know.
I think 1/2 in. of snow in June is not the norm. I live in Louisville, not too far from Ft. Collins, and I have seen snow in June twice in 28 yrs. Neither time did it stick. It just flaked a little and changed to rain. 1" may be the average in Sept., but that is b/c most Septembers get none and some get 6-8".

I just feel like after many posts on this, I'm still not sure what to expect and I feel a bit confused about the weather. Keep in mind I was in Ft. Collins for a brief time last August...and it was beautiful then. But I want to know whether I can count on that for most of the "warm" months or not. Basically in a nutshell...can I expect for the weather from late April/early May - late Sept/early Oct to be sunny, warm, and without snow at least most of the time?
Yes.
I guess besides that, the only thing I really need to know is that the winters indeed aren't commonly as cold as Iowa winters. Is this the case?
Yes.

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Old 03-14-2008, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Loveland, CO
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Thank you tfox and Katiana! I feel much better about the climate in Ft. Collins now! And I feel much less confused too!
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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You're welcome and Good luck!
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