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Old 05-18-2008, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Woolwich, Maine
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Providence: Winter starts October 15th with cold, damp days and chilling evenings, Spring starts about April 15th and continues through Memorial Day with unstable weather - temps could be balmy and dry or frigid and freezing with snow flakes or damp and cold to your core. Fall is beautiful with color everywhere and warm, dry temps. Falls is best time of year in New England. Unfortunately, does not last long.
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My initial reaction to this, after 25 years in RI, was like that of RnRBoy. Fall can linger...I remember a Thanksgiving Day dinner and my wife cooking with the windows and door open. And you can plant your early veggies in Mid March or at least on the equinox.

BUT...when I think of the summer, I think of my pool being open. The pool gets closed right after Columbus Day weekend in mid October, and doesn't get opened until after Mother's Day in mid May. It just got opened and I feel like the best 5 months of the year are ahead. If you go by the time the pool is closed, we have 7 months of "winter."
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Old 05-18-2008, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Cranston
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I don't think pools define spring and autumn.

Let's not forget those other two seasons.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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There may be no waterfire in July but there are 5 in June and 3 in August, that makes up for it. Usually there were 2 to maybe 3 per month.

Winter does not start Oct 15. It's pretty mild through November. Thanksgiving this year it was 60 degrees. And we might get one or two actual snowstorms each winter, not too harsh. Days are warm from mid-March on, with cool nights only.
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:09 PM
 
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Totally accurate 'weather report" except I would say that spring in RI arrives in May(sometimes)!!
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:00 PM
 
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There may be no waterfire in July but there are 5 in June and 3 in August, that makes up for it. Usually there were 2 to maybe 3 per month.

Winter does not start Oct 15. It's pretty mild through November. Thanksgiving this year it was 60 degrees. And we might get one or two actual snowstorms each winter, not too harsh. Days are warm from mid-March on, with cool nights only.


Mid March days til mid April are not at all consistently warm in RI. Also, one's definition of "warm" varies from person to person.
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:42 PM
 
Location: North Port, Florida
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For the type of activities I like to do Rhode Island weather is not good at all.

Also, if you're working full time you will miss a good bit of the nice weather that does occur in the fall.

Before making a decision to move, check things out for yourself, see if things you like to do will actually fit with this climate, and above all talk to as many long term residents as you can and get their honest opinions.

THEN MAKE YOUR OWN DECISION.

Mikey
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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HI! We were deciding between NC and RI and chose RI last October. We visited both places and were saddened by the racial divide in NC. We came from AZ and found the winter to be fine. It snowed, but would the snow was gone within a day or two. The spring has been beautiful and the ocean can't be beat. Having said that we are now considering leaving.

In AZ my husband commanded a salary of 82K here he is making 55K for the same position. It seems that companies here base their promotions and salaries more so on seniority than performance. Housing is also a nightmare.

I have found that being a stay at home mom is slightly frowned upon here. In AZ it was much more live and let live attitude. I had friends who chose to work and those who did not. There was no real stigma either way. So in the aspect of person freedoms and free thinking it is a little more socialistic up here.

As for the people they are fine. They are straight forward and kind. Not a real talkative bunch, but very genuine. They are very friendly once you get to know them and very helpful. They are open to new comers.

I don't think that the economy will be growing much here as the rules tend to stifle innovation. Thinking outside the box o to speak is not really welcome.

The cost of living is comparable if you can get past the cost of housing. Since we do not want to live in a small apartment for 1000 or more a month we are leaving. Commuting also seems to considered normal. If you could find reasonable housing and don't mind driving you may enjoy it.





Good Luck
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: SC
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You are absolutely right about stagnant thinking and it does also affect the private sector besides the government. I think Rhode Island has become a better place to visit for a week or two during the summer than it is to live year-round in. It is one of the nicer areas for sailing on the eastern seaboard.

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HI! We were deciding between NC and RI and chose RI last October. We visited both places and were saddened by the racial divide in NC. We came from AZ and found the winter to be fine. It snowed, but would the snow was gone within a day or two. The spring has been beautiful and the ocean can't be beat. Having said that we are now considering leaving.

In AZ my husband commanded a salary of 82K here he is making 55K for the same position. It seems that companies here base their promotions and salaries more so on seniority than performance. Housing is also a nightmare.

I have found that being a stay at home mom is slightly frowned upon here. In AZ it was much more live and let live attitude. I had friends who chose to work and those who did not. There was no real stigma either way. So in the aspect of person freedoms and free thinking it is a little more socialistic up here.

As for the people they are fine. They are straight forward and kind. Not a real talkative bunch, but very genuine. They are very friendly once you get to know them and very helpful. They are open to new comers.

I don't think that the economy will be growing much here as the rules tend to stifle innovation. Thinking outside the box o to speak is not really welcome.

The cost of living is comparable if you can get past the cost of housing. Since we do not want to live in a small apartment for 1000 or more a month we are leaving. Commuting also seems to considered normal. If you could find reasonable housing and don't mind driving you may enjoy it.





Good Luck
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Macao
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This is interesting in that most RI people seem to be favoring NC...usually people always defend wherever it is that they live.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:32 AM
 
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Well, I lived in Florida for 20 years before moving to Rhode Island for a few years and then to the Raleigh area just a couple of months ago!! Coincidence! I'm THRILLED with our move to NC, but I will be open about the pros and cons of each...

Providence:
As far as the weather, I was surprised at how well I adjusted to the cold since I had lived in the tropics my whole life. There were only a handful of days each year that I thought were just TOO cold. Mid- to high-20's ended up not being that big of a deal to me once I learned how to dress for it. The problem I had with the cold was how long it lasted. I did great through February, but I thought March was supposed to be Spring and warming up. Well, we were still having snow at that point. You can't put away your sweaters until mid-summer. This past "summer," we had many 50 degree days all throughout June. That sent me over the edge. As far as the dark, this time of year, the sun sets around 4:30pm. My husband worked in a windowless office and would go all week without seeing the sun once unless he went out for lunch. That's only November-March, though. The rest of the year is fine. It wasn't as gray and dreary as I was expecting it to be, and I really enjoyed having the change of seasons. I did feel some cabin fever during the winter months, but we were able to spend time outdoors year-round. I dare say I'll even miss some of the snow, and when the weather is nice there, NOTHING can beat it!

One thing for sure about Providence and the surrounding areas is that it's all much older than almost anything you'll find in Florida. It's not unusual to live in 80-100 year old buildings. I loved the history you felt everywhere you went. I sometimes would take a scenic detour down Benefit Street and check out all the dates on the buildings from the 1700's. The downside to all the old stuff is that things are, well, kind of behind. I was surprised going inside a lot of apartments and seeing how outdated everything was. You have to pay a lot more to get a modern kitchen and/or bathroom. The fact that everything has had to be renovated and modified repeatedly over the decades makes for some interesting quirks that you'll either find annoying or charming. You'll either appreciate the bit of grit or long for the shiny, open new stuff. I went back and forth from day to day the entire time I lived there.

The best thing about living in Rhode Island for me was getting to explore the area. It's completely different than anywhere I had ever lived. Wickford, Tiverton, Newport, Narragansett, all those areas are just lovely. Boston is less than an hour away, which was incredible to me. We also took little getaway trips to Cape Cod, Salem, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Berkshires, etc. What a beautiful area of the country! Even in the immediate Providence area, there is so much to see and do. I will forever miss all this.

North Carolina:
The weather is obviously better for a Floridian. The summers are just as hot as they are in Florida, but it does have four distinct seasons. I haven't been here for winter yet, but they get a few inches of snow a year. The cold is milder and shorter, but you still get a good taste of it.

I find North Carolina to be the happy medium between Rhode Island and Florida in practically every way, not just weather and location. Areas of Raleigh have experienced crazy Florida-like booms and are full of the cookie cutter subdivisions and strip malls you are already well acquainted with. There are plenty of areas in the Triangle, however, that are more established. Things are more open like in Florida, but there is history here too. You can find a little bit of everything here. It's not all one way or the other like it is in Florida or Rhode Island. I have liked that diversity and variety. I get all the modern conveniences my Florida roots yearn for with the authentic sense of place I grew to appreciate while living in Rhode Island.

In the end, Rhode Island was an awesome cultural experience for me, but it never felt like home. That is just me personally. If you are wanting a change, Rhode Island is really a great place. I was happy to move away, but I will always look back on it fondly and definitely plan on going back for visits when we can.
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