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Old 10-20-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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If you're looking for an arid climate with less than 12 inches of snow than you can rule out Oklahoma because all of the arid portion of our state sees between a foot and two of snow a year.

As for where Oklahoma is? I'm sick and tired of these debates. It's in it's own region. One could argue the eastern portion is in the South, the western portion is in the Southwest and the northern portion is in the Midwest and that the Panhandle might as well be called Colorado. But, regardless of all those definitions Oklahoma is much easier defined as simply, Oklahoma.
OP doesn't want arid, I suggested it as I (wrongly) assumed it had lighter amounts of all kinds of precipitation. Interesting, but I myself would not like a climate where most of its precipitation needs to be shovelled. Gotta stink for those who like to grow things outdoors. Is that why there no big cities west of OKC?

OP wants a "4-season" climate with low annual snowfall, under 1 foot for the annual average.
Doesn't Tulsa or OKC fit that?
It may not be Midwestern, but at least they might be a short drive from the Midwest.

Interesting comment on Oklahoma, btw.
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
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OKC and Tulsa do both fit that bill. I was mistaken in thinking they wanted an arid climate.

Now for a few suggestions near the midwest with a touch of snowfall (no place right in the midwest sees under a foot)

Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock, NW Ark, OKC, Tulsa: those are about the only cities with that weather close to the midwest.
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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Thanks, all, for the input to my original post. Perhaps I was going too far to hope for less than a foot of snow per winter anywhere in the midwest. We've considered both Missouri and Texas, but even lower Michigan or southern Wisconsin or Minnesota would be better than we have here, snowfall-wise. Gardening and outdoor activities are our major reason for wanting milder winters. Here in the U.P., the snow is like a prison by the time January rolls around - you have to stick to the plowed areas or else wear snowshoes!
I'll amend my desire for less snow. Even 100 inches annually would be less than half what we're used to.
Based on that - any suggestions?
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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US2, it's kind of funny~I had just asked you where you're moving to in a previous thread. I hadn't seen this one yet.

I don't know where Ok. is classified as being, but it doesn't matter. It has a lot of the "midwestern feel" to it even if it's not in our region. The people are friendly there and there is employment and the cost of living isn't outrageous. Check out the Tulsa averages. It has well below a foot of snow a year for an average.

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It appears that they get in the area of 6 to 8 inches of snow per year. If you notice the temp of their days, the snow won't linger long either.
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
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Except last year that is, haha! The winter Oklahoma resembled more of Nebraska.
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:26 AM
 
Location: IN
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If you are looking for a mild 4 season climate location with low amounts of snowfall I would highly recommend the Cumberland Plateau region in Tennessee. Towns in that region include Crossville and Cookeville. The landscape is hilly with a lot of smaller farms mixed in with woodlands. The summer temperatures cool off nicely at night because of the plateau climate. Housing prices would also be much cheaper compared with other areas of the country. Also, the towns on the Plateau are only about a 1 hour drive to the outskirts of the Nashville metro area.
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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If you are looking for a mild 4 season climate location with low amounts of snowfall I would highly recommend the Cumberland Plateau region in Tennessee. Towns in that region include Crossville and Cookeville. The landscape is hilly with a lot of smaller farms mixed in with woodlands. The summer temperatures cool off nicely at night because of the plateau climate. Housing prices would also be much cheaper compared with other areas of the country. Also, the towns on the Plateau are only about a 1 hour drive to the outskirts of the Nashville metro area.
A lot of people like Tennessee
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:52 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Except last year that is, haha! The winter Oklahoma resembled more of Nebraska.
YES, I follow your weather and was shocked at your winter. Grove got something like 10 inches of snow at one time. Just glad to hear that isn't the norm.

Plains, that's another good suggestion. People do seem to really like Tn. It does look beautiful there and it's definitely warmer then it is up in our areas.
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Bourbonnais, IL
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One thing about Tennessee is many people living there seem to like it but most outsiders frown upon it for being backwards, woodsy, etc, etc.
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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One thing about Tennessee is many people living there seem to like it but most outsiders frown upon it for being backwards, woodsy, etc, etc.
Those very reasons are reasons I would like it there, but I have a prejudice against the state because an ex lives there. Really don't want to be in the same hemisphere as him, let alone the same state.

Real estate seems to be unusually cheap in Missouri - does anyone know why that is? Even property taxes seem very reasonable. I know there isn't a surplus of jobs there, but we're looking for a place to retire so that doesn't matter. Missouri definately interests me. Any opinions?
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