Living in warmer states – what's it like?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

it’s 75 degrees where I am currently. Tonight they are calling for 1-2 inches of snow and low 30s temps tomorrow. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. Ready for real Spring. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

Carolsays:  I live in Georgia and love the weather here.  Right now it’s 70 degrees and I got the start of my summer tan this past weekend.  It occasionally snows, but usually just a couple inches and it’s gone in a couple days.  June, July, and August are hot and humid, but I’ve never found it unbearable, just better for the swimming pool.  March, April, some of May, September, October, and November have mild weather.  We don’t get hurricanes or tornados here and don’t really have a cockroach problem, though South Georgia might.  

I can’t stand the cold or dealing with snow.  I’m originally from Ohio and would never think of moving back due to the weather.  I get annoyed having to scrap ice off my winshied let alone have to shovel my way through the snow to my car.  I also have seasonal depression during the winter so I’m super glad ours is very short.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Southern California – blue skies all around. I absolutely love it here.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I lived in N Florida for awhile.  Winters were mild (typically 40s-lower 60s) from about later Nov-mid February.  Generally really nice in October, February, March.  Started getting hot by early April and would stay hot and humid through the end of September/early October.  It’s nice that there are more warmer months so I guess there is more to do throughout the year (go to the beach)….if you don’t mind the humdity.  I’ve been to Disney World quite a few times and the best time by far was in February because of the weather, I would avoid it at all costs during the summer. 

I live in the midwest and I don’t mind the cold or snow, it’s just that there isn’t much to do in it around here.  I’d love to live in Colorado since I don’t mind the snow…when there is something to do in it (I love to ski and hike).  Summers there can be goregous (like I said, I’m a big fan of hiking…but I need real mountains).  I hate the humidity.

I’ve never lived in the North!

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I have lived in NC for 19 years.  My family moved from upstate NY when I was 8.  Winters are usually very mild.  Many seasons, I can count the number of days with highs below freezing in one hand.  This winter is an exception to that, but I think that’s true for people up north as well.  When we do get snow and ice, it sucks big time.  Having roads plowed is a luxury because the DOT and our small fleet of snow plows often can’t clear roads quickly enough.  If there is even a chance of snow and freezing rain, my boss makes us stay home.  The drivers are as much of a hazard as the snow itself.  People down here do not know how to drive in bad conditions.  I’m one of those people, but I at least know to stay indoors when the roads are bad.

Springs and falls are amazing.  Today, we have highs in the 70’s and beautiful sunny skies.  I personally love the summers here, but I have a lot of northern friends who hate it.  I am used to 90-degree temps and high humidity levels and I have no problem going hiking, running, or doing yardwork in those conditions.  My FI is from PA and he pretty much cannot do any activity outdoors if the temps are higher than 85-ish.  He says that he gets more tolerant of it every year, though.  But if it’s too hot outside, we can drive 4 hours west and go hiking in the mountains where it’s cooler.  

Hurricanes can be bad if you live in a coastal area.  We live about 3-4 hours inland from the coast.  Most times, we get some rain and heavier winds and we turn out okay.  Every once in a while, there will be a very bad hurricane season with one that makes it inland.  Hurricane Fran was the worst one I lived through – we lost power for several days, but it was September and we didn’t have to rely on heat or AC to get by.

FI and I really don’t miss the north at all.  The summers can get bad but it definitely beats dealing with mountains of snow every winter.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love in Florida and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I absolutely hate cold weather. I know people say that they couldn’t live in Florida due to the hot summers but most places are hot in the summer and I’ll take a humidity any day over the cold weather!

I have a convertifle and get to enjoy it pretty much all year except a couple of months where it is just too hot. There is something about the sunshine that just overall makes me happy! Love love it here in Florida

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

the pacific northwest is magic. best weather ever (moved from NH/upstate NY).

(from Sunday)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Carolsays:  I live in lower Alabama, and love it; I will say yes, it is humid…but if you take the proper steps to keep looking fabulous despite the humidity, you’re golden! It’s nothing that some breezy sundresses and a good coat of a hairspray won’t help! 🙂

The winters are usually what I consider mild: between 30 and 50 degrees, no snow, occasional rain. Of course this year we had the Arctic Vortex from hell, so it was reallllyyyy cold and snowy/icy, but that’s not typical. You’ll probably find a lot of Southerners who hate winter, just like you–the older they are, the more they’ll bitch about it with ya!

Hurricanes happen, but 9 times out of 10 they’re just a really heavy storm. Advice on that: if you live on the water, get a house on stilts and evacuate if you’re called to. But for most people living above the coastline, you’ll be just fine.

As far as the heat: it’s hot as all get out, but I promise it’s doable. Gives you an excuse to have afternoon margaritas in the summer! Plus, you can go to the beach almost all year. Love it!

 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I lived in Arizona all my life up until a few weeks ago. I particularly love Tucson, and if I ever return, that’s where I’d go.

Winter is mild. It’s usually in the 60s, or 50s at the coldest. It’s the desert though, so when the temperature does make a dive in the night, hovering in the 30s and 40s. It doesn’t warm up until noon. I liked that though. And this year we hardly had a winter. It was in the 70s through most of January!

Summers are brutal though… but you simply don’t go outside. You go from your air conditioned house to your air conditioned car to your air conditioned work or shop. It also lasts a long time, and you get sick of it. The temps only start to go down around Halloween. Pools are awesome though! Most pools are outdoor and I find them comfortable from May-September.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

South Louisiana resident here! It rains a lot, it can be super hot, but thats what air conditioning is for. Hurricanes can get crazy, but as long as you have insurance, or live a good ways from the coast, its not so bad. You cant really expect your hair to look nice, ever, in the summer because of the humidity. But i swear, id never live anywhere else. Especially not where it snows! I hear its miserable! My favorite weather by far is southern California for sure. Went there in June one year for vacation- holy crap I couldnt believe how perfect it was! On the cold days we have, and the hot ones- I daydream about that week spent in SoCal.

Oh & if it happens to get super cold/icy/snowy around here- all the roads close. Our tires & roads arent made for that stuff!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Carolsays:  I live in Texas and right now, we’re in patio season. However, the early spring is very fickle. We have freezing temps one day, 80 degrees the next. By April, we’ll end up with temps in the 70s & 80s then climbing to 90s & 100s in the summer. 

I still remember the summer a couple years ago when we had a drought and the temperature exceeded 100 degrees every day for over a month. During the day, it might drop to the mid-90s. It was miserable.

At least, in the north, you can bundle up against the cold, in the South, you can’t escape the heat. There are only so many clothes you can take off.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I live in Dallas and it’s pretty flip-floppy here. Winter absolute lows tend to be in the teens at night, and sometimes we have a stretch of several days before we get back up above freezing during the day at all. At the same time, cold fronts don’t “last” long, usually, so after we get some snow and ice we’ll have beautiful days in the 60s-70s two days later. Only to be blown back into well-below freezing territory the next day! Also a point to remember is that when it ices over, we don’t have the equipment to get the streets drivable. And most of the population doesn’t know how to drive on ice – some people go 10mph, and some drive like normal 70mph+ and end up crashing into ditches, trees, or other cars. It doesn’t help that all of the highways are like 100% bridges, so they’re especially dangerous.

In the summers the average highs are in the 90s, but getting up near 110 is not unheard of. Your air conditioning will be running 24/7 for months at a time, and your electric bills will be ridiculous. It even gets to the point that you don’t want to go swimming to cool off, because the pool waters are too warm.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m in Central Alabama, and like most places it has pros and cons. I was born and raised here so I can’t really compare it to other places, but I love it. This week the weather is sunny, breezy and 75. It’s beautiful. But tomorrow our temps drop down to about 35, so it’s crazy. We don’t really get a winter, not a real one. Our weather is usually cool, warm, hot hot hot.

I love that we don’t have to deal with snow (ok, once every 10 years we get a couple of inches and our state shuts down). But, in the summer it’s blazing hot, and it’s hard to be cute when you’re sweating off your make-up and getting boob sweat stains on your t-shirts. But, I’d be miserable going somewhere with cold weather and a lot of snow. No thanks!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Carolsays:  I live in Florida and we really only have two seasons: warm and hot.  We occasionally get a few days of cold weather (under 60 degrees) but they are usually interpersed with warm days (over 70 degrees).  The summers can be unbearably hot and humid, even for native Floridians like myself.  It also rains pretty much every afternoon for a few months of the year (especially June, July, and August).  But as much as we complain about the heat, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere it snows.  It’s nice to visit the cold but after a few days I crave my balmy, sunny Florida.

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