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Old 09-05-2008, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Must depend wholly on how high you set your thermostat. Since we keep ours between 60-65 degrees, we usually only have the heat going from possibly late October to maybe some point in March. So in our case it's five months.

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We have the heating bills in the winter in SE Idaho, 9 months of them. There is only maybe one or one and half months that it's to hot for an upstairs bedroom. I came from Southern California, nice little community, but didn't want to raise my kids there. Now, given the high costs of everything, I'm glad I don't live there anymore. Idaho is far less expensive as far as housing goes and that's usually the biggest expense.
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Old 09-06-2008, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Eastern Idaho
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As for the issue of wind, the sustained winds in Idaho Falls can be somewhat intense (30-40 mph), compared to other places that we've lived (midwest, southeast, southwest), or even the Windy City of Chicago (that nickname, btw, has nothing to do with the wind!). There were a few winters in central IL when the winds got pretty bad with the cold weather, but it usually was storm-front dependent (as they all are, I suppose).
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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As for the issue of wind, the sustained winds in Idaho Falls can be somewhat intense (30-40 mph), compared to other places that we've lived (midwest, southeast, southwest), or even the Windy City of Chicago (that nickname, btw, has nothing to do with the wind!). There were a few winters in central IL when the winds got pretty bad with the cold weather, but it usually was storm-front dependent (as they all are, I suppose).
Please indulge me, why is it called The Windy City? I once saw a T-shirt in Wyoming that read "Wyoimng Wind Festival; Jan. 1 - Dec 31
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Northwestern Illinois
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I'd be interested to hear the reason as well. I've been to Chicago more than once, and believe me, it was windy. Especially sitting in the stands at Soldier Field in December!
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Old 09-06-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Eastern Idaho
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Default a bunch of blowhards?

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Please indulge me, why is it called The Windy City?
Don't get me wrong, hainv glived in Chicago, I know it can be windy as heck, but that's not quite where the nickanme comes from...

It dates back to the World Columbian Expo of 1893, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Columbus sailing to the western world. Both New York & Chicago (as well as Boston and St. Louis, I think) were all vying to host it, but Chicago put out a huge campaign and drew the fair. A New York newspaper decide to run a smear campaign of Chicago, stating that the Expo's leaders should pay no mind to that "windy city" of Chicago - it was a really just a nice way of saying that Chicago was full of hot air (and possibly BS).
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Old 09-07-2008, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Don't get me wrong, hainv glived in Chicago, I know it can be windy as heck, but that's not quite where the nickanme comes from...

It dates back to the World Columbian Expo of 1893, dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Columbus sailing to the western world. Both New York & Chicago (as well as Boston and St. Louis, I think) were all vying to host it, but Chicago put out a huge campaign and drew the fair. A New York newspaper decide to run a smear campaign of Chicago, stating that the Expo's leaders should pay no mind to that "windy city" of Chicago - it was a really just a nice way of saying that Chicago was full of hot air (and possibly BS).

Hey cool, thanks for sharing that tidbit
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:59 PM
 
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I moved from Hemet, CA to North Idaho about a year and half ago due to the heat. I just couldn't take another summer in the hot, burning desert. Boise is a nice area for city folk, but honestly reminded me a bit of the high desert in California. I wanted trees, water and mountains - I found all of that in the Coeur d'Alene area. We have only had two wind storms since I've live here - maybe 3, but they were nothing compared to the Santa Ana winds in California. You would probably like the Coeur d'Alene area since it has a hospital, lots of clinics, a university campus and a community college campus. There are plenty of smaller towns around Coeur d'Alene and plenty of more rural settings to choose from as well. The only thing I would have done differently in my move is to leave sooner.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:22 PM
 
Location: FINALLY in N. Idaho
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I moved from Hemet, CA to North Idaho about a year and half ago due to the heat. I just couldn't take another summer in the hot, burning desert. Boise is a nice area for city folk, but honestly reminded me a bit of the high desert in California. I wanted trees, water and mountains - I found all of that in the Coeur d'Alene area. We have only had two wind storms since I've live here - maybe 3, but they were nothing compared to the Santa Ana winds in California. You would probably like the Coeur d'Alene area since it has a hospital, lots of clinics, a university campus and a community college campus. There are plenty of smaller towns around Coeur d'Alene and plenty of more rural settings to choose from as well. The only thing I would have done differently in my move is to leave sooner.

Wow!! Small world.. I live in Hemet, and will be moving to N. Idaho as soon as possible. The heat here was a big factor as well, and like you I wish I had done it years ago! At least we have the land, and my shop built! Hope it wont be too much longer!
I agree on the Boise comparison too, it does look alot like here in places.. One time I was going down a road, and for a split second I thought I was on Romona Expressway..HA!!
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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must depend wholly on how high you set your thermostat. Since we keep ours between 60-65 degrees, we usually only have the heat going from possibly late october to maybe some point in march. So in our case it's five months.

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Old 09-14-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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Wow! Someone else who keeps it nice and cool all year round. I thought I was the only one, I have one friend who basically after Sept. won't come over unless she's got a light jacket with her
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