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Old 06-12-2006, 12:38 PM
 
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I currently live in the central valley in California but I am really considering moving to Springfield for a better way of life. My only main concern is the weather. I am not really a cold weather person and I was told by my father that Missouri is super cold (He spent a winter in Jefferson City while in the military and said it was the coldest place he had ever been too.) I was just wondering how cold Springfield gets and what the weather year round is like. I have been there in the early summer and it was wonderful. I did notice that the weather would change back and forth throughout the day. Is this normal? Any help would be appreaciated, especially from anyone who is not a cold weather fan. Thanks
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Old 06-13-2006, 12:15 AM
 
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Default Hey Wakelunatic

I originally come from Central California's San Joaquin Valley myself, born and raised in Merced and Modesto for the most part and I'm very familiar with Central California's weather. Springfield can indeed get cold in the winter. This past winter it was bitterly cold in both late November through about Christmas, then the month of February. By cold I mean lows hovering near zero at night and highs in the mid to high teens during the day. However, January had temps. in the 50's and 60's, and after another bitterly cold outbreak in February, it became pretty pleasant. Now it's very humid and hot. Springfield came in #1 in the nation for most variable weather, and it's true, it changes all the time and can fluctuate wildly. As for cold winters, Jefferson City is quite a bit farther north than Springfield is at a lower elevation. Springfield lies on the Ozark Plateau, a higher elevation than most of the state, which not only moderates summer heat making Springfield usually a bit cooler, but Springfield's location and altitude seem to moderate most of the arctic waves that can cause Kansas City and St. Louis to go into deep-freeze. I haven't lived here through a record cold winter yet, but those who know say that some winters go far below zero for weeks at a time along with abundant snowfall. These past few winters have been apparently a "warm" streak. Although I found a few weeks this past winter very cold and unpleasant, it's easy to dress for, and a wonderful excuse to pull out my Russian fur hat with the side flaps ! It looks awful, but darn, it does the trick I've lived all over the country at one point or another, LaGrande, Oregon (bitter winters), Chicago (you can imagine), Southeast Virginia (kind of like Central California in the winter except there's little icy Tule fog and they get bouts of arctic intrusions with snow occasionally), Las Vegas (unexpectedly cold in the winter I found..I froze my patootie off in Las Vegas during the winter, which I absolutely didn't expect), and now here. This area is so beautiful that a bit of bitter cold weather now and then is worth it. I bought my home here out in the country. My neighbor has a snowplow if needed, and I love this area! I'm watching lightning bugs outside the window as I write this.

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Old 06-14-2006, 02:42 AM
 
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If you want an idea how cold some wear gets ask how deep they have to bury the water mains. I am looking into this area from calif also. I did live in Idaho. The ex still dose darn it. It would get about the same there single to zero at night and teens in the day when cold. There water mains were at 4 feet for the ground freeze not to break them in a normal winter found it not bad as it was a dry cold . I will take some hot weather and cold for the 4 seasons of the year. Also I will take changing weather to months of 100 or better heat all summer with no real change. Yes the good old calif central valley Fresno area yuck
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Old 06-14-2006, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Default Poor you..

Oh... Fresno... I do have sympathy. Fresno and Bakersfield compete for the honor of armpit of California. I can understand your desire to get out of there!
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:03 AM
 
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Default Texas

Wakelunatic, since you mentioned you don't like cold weather, you might look into Texas, not the humid east part but more of the hill country like around Kerrville, Brownwood, San Angelo or Fredericksburg. They have mild winters but hot summers yet not as humid as east Texas.
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:52 AM
 
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Default Missouri weather-tornado's

Are tornado's an issue in your area? We want to move to Missouri, but do not want to get hit by tornados....
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Old 06-18-2006, 02:02 AM
 
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The whole area in the South and Midwest can have tornadoes. They don't seem to hit the Ozarks like they do in the Plains though but I can't tell you you are not going to get hit because it is possible. The main thing is to have a tornado shelter near you to get to and have insurance. Most of the US can have tornadoes. The Plains seem to can get the big ones like the one that hit in Norman, OK. If you see the ones in Missouri they seem like they are mostly on a smaller scale. Really any place seems to have something. Earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, fire, tornadoes. It seems there isn't any perfect place. If tornadoes are a real concern to you, the safest place in the US is the Durango, Colorado area. They don't have earthquakes, volcanoes or tornadoes. I really wouldn't worry about them too much though. Most people even in the high tornado alley zone wont see a tornado ever hit them.
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:48 AM
 
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Default tornados

thank you for your help! I appreciate it. this is such a giant decision, I am grateful for your input! M
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Old 06-19-2006, 09:24 AM
 
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You are welcome. Good Luck on your search and move!
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Old 06-19-2006, 07:41 PM
 
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Doing some looking on the web I came up with tornados in every state but Alaska. what I was wondering is not that they have them but what seams to be the normal f scale size and about how many a year normal do they get in the Springfield area say to Lebanon?
Doing some Property searches I find very few places say they have a storm shelters or basements is that normal they way they build now not to include them? Any one have an idea how much it cost to have one built? Also do most rebuild or just place a mobile home on the land to replace a home that was hit by a tornado?
Also what county(s) would Missouri people say is the best one around Springfield that is with in a commuting distance from Springfield?
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