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What would it REALLY be like for me if I moved to a colder climate?

Asked by Yellowdog (5726points) 2 months ago

Some people get depressed in the winter cold and dark. I am the opposite. I get severely depressed in June, July, and August, with all the blaring summer light like a nuclear holocaust, here in Memphis, with humidity and heat index temperatures close to 110 degrees farriegnhiet for ten or more weeks straight. Summers here start in May and lingers through October.

How would someone like me find colder places, like eastern Canada, Scandinavia, or the Baltic? Some place where it never gets hot and humid. I look at pictures on the internet and dream of places where the summers are more like our mild, temperate winters, autumns, and early spring—and winters cold and dark, with bright auroras.

I really don’t think I can take another summer here, and am ready for a major change in my life in no less than two years from now, if I am financially solvent enough to move ahead and leave this all behind. Ties and too much stuff had prohibited me most of my life, but I am ready for a clean break. Not angry, not resentful, just needing to obliterate all of this and go someplace else.

Lets not get into politics. I currently get along well with people of all political persuasions in an academic setting. I just want to live someplace sane and cooler for the remainder of my time in this world.

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zenvelo's avatar

You’d like Denver. The winters aren’t as cold as some would have you beleive, the summers are warm (90 degree days, cool nights) but not uncomfortable, with low humidity. Plus Denver has a strong economy and lots going on.

Yellowdog's avatar

90 degrees doesn’t sound bad—without all the humidity, biting bugs and ants. Its the humidity as much as the heat, but I really love the cold. Truth is, even in the upper 80s abnd 90s I’d like gardening and country living if the air and temps weren’t so miserable in the summer..or if it didn’t go on for weeks and months,

Has anyone changed latitudes or climate, or would like to tell about the cooler places they live?

notnotnotnot's avatar

I spent a year in Isla Vista, CA (just north of Santa Barbara) when I was in my twenties. It’s possibly the most perfect weather. It hardly rains, and nearly every day you can choose to wear pants or shorts – either way, you’ll be completely comfortable. There might be plenty of sun, but it’s dry and amazing. Moving out west might allow you to enjoy the summer without the oppressive humidity.

Probably not the least bit affordable, however.

canidmajor's avatar

Another vote for Denver, I was near there for four years, the low humidity makes for a pretty ideal environment.
Billings, Montana is another (smaller by a bunch) nice city to live in, low humidity again, lots to offer for a small city.

zenvelo's avatar

@notnotnotnot I realized I lived in near paradise in Isla Vista when I wore t-shirt, shorts and flip flops to class in the second week of January.

But I have also lived through a foggy summer in IV, where the sun didn’t come out until noon each day.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Look at Boone, NC. Here’s the climate data. Elevation give cooler average temperatures.

gondwanalon's avatar

We love it here in Tacoma with the mild winters and cool summers. I especially like the typical cloud cover that helps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s like having free outside air conditioning. Fresh air and a good quality of life. You’ll love it here too.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Well, here’s the deal.
Everyone has their own physical recipe. Some go anywhere, and it doesn’t phase them a bit.
When I was a teenager I took a trip with my truckdriver dad. That was when I found altitudes are a problem for me.
Going from one climate to another can be exhilarating, or disastrous.
I have lived in Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, San Jose California, and plenty of other places.
I would recommend that you spend at least a week in any place you seriously consider moving to, so you can be certain it is a good fit.
I have known several women whose cycles were knocked out of whack by moving to a new environment. I am certain there are quite a few men who also experience noticeable changes.

I am betting if you found a place with seasons where humidity isn’t much, you would probably be happy.
Alaska is lovely this time of year, I’m told.
If you went there, and got a pilot’s license, you would eventually end up meeting nearly everyone in the state.
Also, I hear they have something which kind of makes up for their lack of pretty sunsets.

Do please let us know what you decide. :-)

Stache's avatar

Go north. Denver or Washington state are not what you want. You aren’t asking for a predictable tepid climate. NE Canada would be ideal for you.

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