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Title: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: StormNine on February 01, 2019, 11:38:08 AM
This is a neat forum idea while we have a weather lull.  A lot of us complain about certain aspects of our mid-south climate (myself included).  Common complaints are we don't get a lot of snow and it is too humid. 

What would be an example of a place that has your ideal climate? 

For me, my ideal climate is a winter-leaning four-season climate with abundant snowfall. I don't like a whole lot of humidity but I also don't prefer desert dry.

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_City,_Utah
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flagstaff,_Arizona

These are two examples of climates that I would give an A+.   


Our climate in KY/TN border area (outside of significant elevation) I would give a B- or a C+.  I like our diverse weather but I wish our winters were snowier, a few less cloudy days, and less humid summers.  One thing about the humidity is that it makes our scenery nice and green. 
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Greyhound on February 01, 2019, 11:46:40 AM
If I had a house on the beach (Gulf Coast) and associated climate, and the Smoky Mountains within an hour drive of that location.....then that would be perfect for me.  I can handle heat/humidity better than I can cold. 
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: JayCee on February 01, 2019, 11:59:20 AM
I'm fond of the southern Appalachians, so for me, a simple increase in elevation would suffice.  Boone or Jefferson, North Carolina would be ideal for me.  Both are near or a little above 3,000 feet in elevation, so snowfall is much more frequent, yet there's none of the extreme, lasting cold of a northern climate.  Summers are humid, but temperatures are far cooler and more tolerable than the lower elevations.  Thunderstorms are frequent in the summer months, so there's usually plenty of rain to keep plants and trees green and lush.  Autumns are usually crisp, cool and colorful.  Lastly, there plenty of forests, trails for hiking, and an abundance of outdoor recreation available year round.  I actually hope to end up there someday.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Thundersnow on February 01, 2019, 12:27:24 PM
I think parts of the Great Plains would have interesting weather- four distinct seasons but with some extremes. Heat, cold, blizzards, storms- you have it all, but magnified in intensity over what we see.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Crockett on February 01, 2019, 01:29:07 PM
For the most part -- I like the climate here on the northern plateau. I like the 4 distinct seasons. We get hot without seeing the unbearable heat that is experienced in West Tennessee. We get more snow than most of Tennessee, outside the mountains. Spring and fall are nice.

Over the past 10 years, though, the trend is disturbing. Fall and spring are being eroded, while we're seeing more of a wet/chilly pattern in the winter.

I often complain, as I get older, that I don't like the cold -- even if there's snow -- and would rather have the heat. But every time I'm in Florida, I'm reminded just how old the relentless heat/humidity would get. Same with much of the rest of the Deep South.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: cgauxknox on February 01, 2019, 02:49:38 PM
My perfect climate is pretty much the one in Tennessee that I remember as a kid in the 80s.  All 4 seasons, beautiful crisp fall weather, long, warm springs, and even some snow every year in the winter.  That doesn't seem to be what we get any more and I miss it.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Icestorm on February 01, 2019, 02:57:19 PM
I miss the 70s and 80s when we had true winters in Middle Tennessee, could enjoy the summers then because you knew when winter came there would be snow for sledding again.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: schneitzeit on February 01, 2019, 03:00:48 PM
The alpine region of southern Appalachia is my favorite climate. Places like Erwin, Wise, Beckley. All four seasons, plenty of rain but not too much, beautiful scenery and biodiversity. Just perfect. Gets both hot and cold, but never for too long.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Coach B on February 01, 2019, 03:04:47 PM
I think almost exactly like Crockett. Our falls and springs are glorious, I enjoy some hot weather, and its plenty cold enough for me as I get older. I just wish we got about 30 inches of snow a year. Lord willing, if I ever make it to retirement healthy, I plan to travel to the snow for a bit.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: BRUCE on February 01, 2019, 03:34:56 PM
my perfect weather for me is... I like it around 78 night... near 90 day time with little or no humidity... I enjoy a good night swim in my pool... generally in the buff when my wifey is sleep... :D
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Dyersburg Weather on February 01, 2019, 04:18:44 PM
my perfect weather for me is... I like it around 78 night... near 90 day time with little or no humidity... I enjoy a good night swim in my pool... generally in the buff when my wifey is sleep... :D
Another reason to hate hot weather.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: schneitzeit on February 01, 2019, 04:36:29 PM
my perfect weather for me is... I like it around 78 night... near 90 day time with little or no humidity... I enjoy a good night swim in my pool... generally in the buff when my wifey is sleep... :D

TMI man ::rofl::
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: StormNine on February 01, 2019, 06:38:32 PM
my perfect weather for me is... I like it around 78 night... near 90 day time with little or no humidity... I enjoy a good night swim in my pool... generally in the buff when my wifey is sleep... :D

We all know that the I-44 corridor is really your ideal climate.   

Post Merge: February 01, 2019, 06:58:28 PM
The NE TN/NW NC area up towards the mountainous parts of Virginia/West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle(minus Snowshoe because Snowshoe really doesn't have much of a summer) is a pretty sweet climate for four-season lovers who don't like oppressive heat.  You still have the humidity but that humidity is what keeps that area so lush and beautiful so you cannot complain too much about that.   

The Carolinas have a pretty good setup as well. Charlotte, Greenville/Spartanburg, and Raleigh may not have A+ climates but you are an easy weekend trip from a favorable mountain climate for the cold-snow lovers and another easy weekend trip to areas like Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC which have very solid coastal subtropical climates.  There are not a lot of places where you have quick access to both of those environments.   
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: Charles L. on February 01, 2019, 08:11:16 PM
Des Moines, IA.

Get both winter wx and severe weather.
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: JayCee on February 02, 2019, 07:31:50 AM
We all know that the I-44 corridor is really your ideal climate.   

Post Merge: February 01, 2019, 06:58:28 PM
The NE TN/NW NC area up towards the mountainous parts of Virginia/West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle(minus Snowshoe because Snowshoe really doesn't have much of a summer) is a pretty sweet climate for four-season lovers who don't like oppressive heat.  You still have the humidity but that humidity is what keeps that area so lush and beautiful so you cannot complain too much about that.   

The Carolinas have a pretty good setup as well. Charlotte, Greenville/Spartanburg, and Raleigh may not have A+ climates but you are an easy weekend trip from a favorable mountain climate for the cold-snow lovers and another easy weekend trip to areas like Wilmington, NC and Charleston, SC which have very solid coastal subtropical climates.  There are not a lot of places where you have quick access to both of those environments.   

If you like four seasons, but not the extreme heat of the south, nor the bitter cold of the north, you can't beat the elevations above 2,500 feet in the southern Apps.  And one advantage of living in mountainous areas is: even during hot, dry spells in mid-summer, cooling thunderstorms tend to pop every afternoon, while valley areas bake in the sun. 
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: bugalou on April 13, 2019, 02:38:14 PM
I am a fan of the Ozarks assuming my house was in the Boston mountains on one of the higher peaks.  You get the heat of the summer (which I actually like in some situations like going to the lake/river) but its just a hair less humid than Memphis.  Its pretty in the fall, winter is cold and you get snow more often than Memphis, and finally there is a significant spring severe season.

I also like the idea of some weather systems creating Micro climates as the mountains there are just high enough to do this to some extent.  I visit there often and have seen it when fog is as thick as clouds at elevation, but in the valleys its clear and you can drive through the transition layer.  I have summer days where you get a 15 degree drop in temp at elevation.  I have also seen rain at elevation and icing in the sheltered valleys as well as the reverse of that.  I really dig that kind of stuff so that adds to it.

Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: BRUCE on April 13, 2019, 03:41:42 PM
Personally I like hot humid weather ... like good ole summers in the delta area...
Title: Re: What is your ideal (A+) climate?
Post by: gcbama on April 14, 2019, 09:11:38 PM
When I was a kid in Jersey and when going back for visits....nice summers in the mid 80's with low humidity sure were nice :)

However plenty of times up in the Philly to NYC metro it would get CRAZY hot/humid , Once in a while it will be 100 during the day and about 85-90 at night due to the concrete jungle effect