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Old 07-05-2007, 02:33 PM
 
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So what can one expect during the summer months in Houston and the surrounding areas? How bad is the humidity? I live in Phoenix but originally from Northern California so I don't think I have experienced true humidity mixed with heat. How is the coast line there? I am thinking of checking out the area.. How about winter and do you experience all the seasons of the year? We do not in AZ - seems like it is either hot or not, not much in between!!!
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:08 PM
 
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So what can one expect during the summer months in Houston and the surrounding areas? How bad is the humidity? I live in Phoenix but originally from Northern California so I don't think I have experienced true humidity mixed with heat. How is the coast line there? I am thinking of checking out the area.. How about winter and do you experience all the seasons of the year? We do not in AZ - seems like it is either hot or not, not much in between!!!
The humidity is about as bad as it can get. If you've been to Miami or New Orleans or anywhere close to the Gulf you can expect pretty much the same sort of thing. You do get a nice breeze most of the time that moves the air around. Especially near downtown, the large quantities of steel and concrete and glass magnifies the effect of the heat - you get the same effect in the middle of Phoenix, but Houston has taller buildings and a beautiful downtown skyline. There are also two smaller "mini-downtown" business districts - the Uptown/Galleria and Greenway Plaza which from a distance and on the flat terrain can make it look like three cities instead of one.

This year it has not been very hot, but cloudy, rainy and wet.

Houston is sprawled out and much of it (especially outside the loop) has a suburban feel, which I gather is much like the Phoenix/Tempe area. Similarly there are a lot of people from elsewhere in the country, especially the Midwest and Northeast. You are ultimately trading dry heat for humid heat - if you can, come visit sometime between now and mid-September and you will get a good feel for what you deal with in the summer. The winters here can be wet sometimes, but generally they're nice. The non-native Texan population jumps in the winter, especially along the coast.
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:14 PM
 
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Thanks for the information jfre81.

What is your take on the Pasadena area?
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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Pasadena is an industrial city, on the south shore of the Houston Ship Channel. Particularly the north and east parts of Pasadena there is a lot of air pollution from the Port of Houston and the the surrounding industrial complexes. The south and west parts of Pasadena are typical suburbia with good access to Beltway 8 and Interstate 45. Be wary of some neighboring Southeast Houston neighborhoods, and some patches of Pasadena proper are a bit rough too.
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Old 07-05-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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Thanks again
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