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Old 03-09-2007, 07:23 PM
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I'm an Ann Arbor resident who's looking to escape Michigan's gloomy winters and horrid economic depression. I think Fort Collins would be a good fit for me, but I wonder how other midwestern transplants have adapted to the climate/scenery? I love forests & trees - how different is Fort Collins? Is it brown and dry for most of the year?

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Old 03-11-2007, 09:35 PM
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Ft. Collins will typically be brown and dry from November through March (winter season). Weather is usually mild with lots of sunshine, except for this year when snow hit before Christmas and finally went away about 2 weeks ago! But there was sunshine. Last week temperatures were in the 50's, this week upper 60's and low 70's.

There are lots of trees for a semi-arid climate. Foothills and mountains are a short drive away where you will find lots of evergreen trees - pines, spruces, mixed with Aspens and other foilage. National forests are nearby as well.

Once spring hits, things green up nicely.

Depending on your field of profession, there may or may not be much of a market here for you. This area is exploding with medical and retail positions. There is some Hi-Tech, but most of this is located south.
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:08 AM
Location: Old Forge, NY
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Not to discourage you but:

I'm from central Nebraska and I have lived in Fort Collins for about 10 years. Except for the trees and irrigated areas, it's actually brown from July to March. The summers are hot and dry and lawns require frequent watering to stay green. Irrigated land provides some interesting variety to the brown landscape. The footshills are mostly ponderosa pine/rabbitbrush/sagebrush/with dry grass underneath. It's VERY different from the forests back east. Usually camp fires are banned in the summer except in established campsites because it's so dry up here. If you go up higher in elevation, about an hour drive into the mountains, it greens up a lot.

The past few years we've been in a drought and last year was quite bad, no rain in June. It was a very brown summer from June on last year. However, I know a lot of people from the east that actually like the browns, reds, yellows that dominate the landscape.

We are moving to upstate NY this year, close to the Adirondacks. The wife is from there and we desperately need a change. After visiting the NE several times, I prefer the lush forests, lakes, rivers, and streams. The high humidity is actually nice too. I prefer the mixed lush forests over the ponderosa pines that domininate the foothills of the front range.

You'll have to do the same, google pictures of the area and visit Fort Collins. You might like it, the downtown is fantastic. We will miss downtown Fort Collins the most and of course the higher mountains and massive valleys of the Rockies.
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