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Old 11-17-2010, 11:46 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

We've been looking for a home with acreage in CDA, Sandpoint area but decided to expand our search to Washington. We are in Southern California now.

We are looking at a house in Newman Lake. The woman that owns the house said they get "pounded" by snow there and it gets to 90 degrees in the summer and you definetly need AC.

My question; Is the snow and heat in Newman Lake comparable to or way more than in Coeur d' alene?

I have another question, if anybody knows about wood burning stoves. Can a wood fireplace be converted or used to house a wood burning stove? We heard it needs an insert, what's that and how much would this conversion cost?

Thanks alot for the "living in snow" education,


Cliff
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Sage of Sagle gave good advice to you on the ID forum.

No matter where you live in the area, you will deal with snow.

As for summer, it can get hot anywhere in Spokane or Kootenai. It's usually just a smidgen cooler in Kootenai.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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My question; Is the snow and heat in Newman Lake comparable to or way more than in Coeur d' alene?

Pretty much the same...
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Spokane Valley, WA
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Quadra-Fire | Wood Inserts
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:34 AM
 
Location: NW Washington
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Well, there are some micro-climates around that lend to some variance. Generally speaking, if you're by or on a lake, you'll get more snow than if you're well away from a lake. One thing to look at is the trees around the area. If you see nothing but Ponderosa Pine, you're probably in a pretty dry acidic area and you're likely west of the HWY 2 / HWY 395 corridors (where 2 runs north/south). If you've got more thirsty trees like Larch, Douglas Fir, Lodgepole, birch, you're in a pretty wet area and can expect average to higher than average precip. If you're anywhere near a Cedar Tree, you're likely in an area that gets its fair share and then some. If the home is only getting up to 90 in the summer, that's not bad. I've seen it all the way up to 108 at our place in northern Stevens Co., and I've seen it as low as -30. We're at 2700 feet elevation. These extremes are not unusual in the area when you get out of the giant bowl that is Spokane. Especially CdA or points north on 95, as you get toward Priest River, the snow will get deeper. Weather.gov might have some data on micro-climates in the area.
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