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Old 01-20-2020, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I grew up in Phoenix and lived in Tucson for two years before relocating to the Seattle area for 15 years; Milwaukee, WI area for one year; and now Oklahoma City for ten years. My husband and I are here to be near his aging parents. Without sounding uncaring about my in-laws, we look forward to our responsibilities freeing up and our own retirement when we can get back to the beautiful Sonoran desert. I don’t care about the “unbearable” heat any more. I hated it when I was a kid and teenager. I thought the people who described the Arizona climate as a “dry heat” were complete idiots Now in my 50s, I cannot stand the humidity and extreme weather in the central United States. There is such a thing as “dry heat” (and it’s beautiful)! Power to you for relocating to such a wonderful area! Maybe we’ll see you there in about 10 years!
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Old 01-20-2020, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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I spent 50 years in Northern California, 12 in Hawaii, and now a bit over a year in Tucson.
I think there is no "ideal" climate.

Inland California has hot, dry summers and damp, foggy winters.
Coastal California can be foggy all year, and has waaaay too many people.

Hawaii is humid and cloudy on the windward side, humid and scrappy on the lee side. Poor infrastructure outside of Oahu. Very expensive power.

I'm loving the clear skies in Tucson, the crisp cool air in the winter, and balmy summer nights.
Yeah, summer is hot. Hang out in your air conditioned house, travel in your air conditioned car, and shop and walk at the air conditioned mall. Do outdoor activities early in the morning or after the sun goes down. Go on road trips in the summer.
I was warned that electric bills would be $300-400 in the summer. Our biggest bill was $165 for a 1300 sf older manufactured home. That's close to our average bill in Hawaii, where we had no heater or ac.

BTW, we're in the Tucson Mountains, on the southwest side. 2.5 acres, saguaros, views, and a red rock butte in our backyard. Lovely.

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