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View Poll Results: Is the western US overall more cold or warm?
Most of the western US is what I'd consider cold, but parts of it are warm 14 46.67%
Most of the western US is what I'd consider warm, but parts of it are cold 16 53.33%
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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Within 100 miles or so of the Pacific and Mexican border, the winters are very mild but go north or inland of there and they're cold, often bitterly so. Even northern Arizona and northern New Mexico have winters as cold as the Midwest and Northeast.

The summer in the West ranges from warm to extremely hot, but tends to be drier and feel cooler than summer in the east.

Overall would you say the Western US is cold or warm?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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Mostly warm.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Ive lived in Oregon and Northern California and neither place really got that cold. Where Im at now you can get about 3'' of snow in the winter people back east would laugh at 3'' of snow. When I lived in Michigan it was more like 3 feet of snow. But overall I would have to say most of the west is warm but cold in some places.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Far too big to put the entire region in one category. In NM Las Cruces is warm, Santa Fe is cold, Albuquerque is somewhere in between. It largely depends on what elevation your at. Same deal in Arizona where Phoenix and Flagstaff have even more extreme differences in climate ranges and it has everything to do with how high the altitude is.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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Even Colorado and Utah are less cold in the winter than the Northeast and Midwest while still having hot summers. Montana probably gets less cold than Minnesota and northern Maine.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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Even Colorado and Utah are less cold in the winter than the Northeast and Midwest while still having hot summers. Montana probably gets less cold than Minnesota and northern Maine.
That's not necessarily true. Compare say, Denver to NYC. Denver's average high temperature in January is about 45 degrees, while in New York it's 39. The average lows however, are 18 and 27 respectively. This gives "average" January temps in the two cities of 31 degrees for Denver and 33 for New York. If you look at the numbers for SLC it is even colder than Denver on average. Not to mention that Denver still gets snow well into April on most years while that is pretty rare on most of the East Coast, especially for any place south of NYC.

Look at the national temperature maps on TWC during winter and you see that the largest swath of deep purple/dark blue temps is in the Western states from about Montana to Northern New Mexico.

Overall I'd say the West is much colder than the east; but most of those very cold places are very sparsely populated. The more populated areas tend to be milder; though not all of them as evidenced above.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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That's not necessarily true. Compare say, Denver to NYC. Denver's average high temperature in January is about 45 degrees, while in New York it's 39. The average lows however, are 18 and 27 respectively. This gives "average" January temps in the two cities of 31 degrees for Denver and 33 for New York. If you look at the numbers for SLC it is even colder than Denver on average. Not to mention that Denver still gets snow well into April on most years while that is pretty rare on most of the East Coast, especially for any place south of NYC.

Look at the temperature maps on TWC during winter and you see that the largest swath of deep purple/dark blue temps is in the Western states from about Montana to Northern New Mexico.
I'm wrong about the East Coast, but Cleveland get's colder than both NYC and Denver.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Within 100 miles or so of the Pacific and Mexican border, the winters are very mild but go north or inland of there and they're cold, often bitterly so. Even northern Arizona and northern New Mexico have winters as cold as the Midwest and Northeast.

The summer in the West ranges from warm to extremely hot, but tends to be drier and feel cooler than summer in the east.

Overall would you say the Western US is cold or warm?
You answered your own question: it's both depending on specific location.

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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The average annual temperature in Denver is 3.5 degrees colder than NYC even though New York is farther north. A better comparison is Philadelphia, which is 5 degrees warmer. Denver is also one degree colder than Boston, on average. The average annual temperature in Denver is only 0.1 degrees warmer than Cleveland.

Even when comparing Montana to Minnesota, southwestern Montana (the part in the Intermountain West) tends to be colder than southern Minnesota. The avg temperature in Bozeman is 3 degrees colder than Minneapolis, and Butte is 5 degrees colder. West Yellowstone is 10 degrees colder, Wisdom is 9 degrees colder, and Cooke City is 13 degrees colder, on average, than Minneapolis.

The East doesn't begin to get colder than the Intermountain West until you get into the northerly reaches of Montana vs northern Minnesota/Wisconsin. Also, nearly all of the mountain west gets substantially more snow than areas at comparable latitudes back east.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Even in the "cold" areas of the west, it's still quite mild compared to the east coast. Plus it's dry, which makes it easier to handle the cold or heat.
Some people have this idea that places like Colorado are as cold as Siberia much of the year (although Alamosa and Gunnison come close), but Denver doesn't get as cold as Chicago or even New York.
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