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Old 06-22-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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I've just moved over here from England ( 4 weeks now ) so cant comment on the winter...

So far I'm liking life in GR, no horrible commute, nice places to see and a trip to the beach planned for this weekend
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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Thank you so much suydam. That makes things much clearer & really helps. It sounds as if GR could be the place for us! Wow! What an exciting prospect. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply, it really has helped us
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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I am very skeptical of this statement. Can you provide a link to verify this? I've never heard anywhere that global warming is happening more in the upper Midwest because it is "industrialized." Seriously, I'm not trying to get into a global warming debate. But I don't think that is how the global climate works. Even if the upper midwest DID create more "greenhouse gases" than other places, it's not like the CO2 goes straight up above Gary Indiana and just... stays there. Sorry. I would like to see some real science on this.

Also, our summers are not "getting hotter every year." Just a few years ago, in 2008, we had one of our coolest summers ever. So your theory that it is "getting hotter every year" is already bogus. Some of our hottest summers ever were in the 1930's.

Lets try to stick to the facts when discussing Michigan's climate. These folks are considering a big move across the Atlantic. They would probably appreciate fact-based information.
I saw the list, and it is indeed correct. I'm not going to say that it's because of industrialization though like the previous poster.

MI, on average, is getting warmer. That doesn't mean there won't be a cold-snap, or that we won't have "cooler" summers. That's not what global warming claims. I prefer the term global climate change. I have no stance on whether it's man-made, but it is occurring (so save me the political arguments).

What they did was rate the last 100 years of average temperatures, and rate them 1-10. Michigan ranked #7 (I believe) and it's average temperature increased by .233 degrees per decade for the last 100 years (or something like that).

Not a ton, but Michigan winters are getting milder and our summers are getting hotter, though the winters don't seem to be any less gray!

If we ever experience swings (like we have evidence of in the past), MI will likely become a very popular destination with all the lakes and the reduced (but not eliminated) harsh winters.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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That sounds lovely We are struggling to reach 65 in the daytime at the moment & its very wet & grey. Gets a wearing after a while! A bit of rain is fine if its mostly hot with blue skies. I don't mind the idea of lots of snow, especially as it sounds as if you guys are well equiped to deal with it out there.

Thanks for the advice

We have neighbors from England. They love the Summers here, hate the winters.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Others have covered the summer weather well but be sure to pay attention to the winter weather here also. It is colder than England and arguably greyer than much of England. During certain winter months you are lucky to get 2+ hours of sunshine on average a day. The sun rises late in the winter and sets very early. During the summer the sun rises early and sets late. This is a lovely place to live but nor an ideal place if you dislike cold grey winters.
2+ hours of sunshine on an average day is very generous. I've seen it go two weeks with no sunny days. Not even partly sunny. Take your vitamin D pills!
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