The worst of Denver area blizzard are much worse than anything OKC has ever had and by a lot.
They’re really bad blizzards are far more life threating.
On balance I will take OKC weather.
Some of us have flexibility on where we can work with our jobs, and if I have a choice between 100 days with 100+ temps or occasional snow then its a easy choice for us.
With that said after being raised in oklahoma for my entire childhood i can remember when my parents wouldnt turn on our a/c until mid june and a few times until july. It just seems crazy that this year we already had our a/c on in early april.
Mother Nature is such that there will be another dust bowl on the high plains.
Over the centuries there have been many.
I moved up here at the end of October, we had some snow storms come through at the end of the year and by New Year we had more snow in Denver than the mountains had to that point. In all those storms it never once kept me from getting to work in LoDo and I have a BMW Z4 convertible, not a 4x4 or AWD vehicle with ground clearance. Most of the time it was warm enough to have the top down a few days after a snowfall, most days I could've ridden my motorcycle except for the sand put down. Most of the time I had no more coat on than a fleece jacket. Yesterday I rode out to the motorcycle races east of Denver and had my mesh jacket on, a front blew through last night and it is around 50 right now. My friend moved up here 21 years ago from OKC, he said he lost a few more "riding days" in OKC because of weather/temps than he has living in Denver all those years. There is rarely ice to snarl things, mostly snow and the wind is not as constant as it is in OKC. One thing my wife noticed up here during the winter is that even though the thermometer reads pretty cold (in the teens) it didn't feel as cold as temps in the low 30's in Austin and she is much, much more cold natured than I am and she grew up in West Texas and went to college in Lubbock.
Overall, Denver is a much better climate for us than Central Texas.
The weather is a big reason I'm in Denver now too. That combined with proximity to mountains/outdoor activities and an urban big city feel. I'll take the occasional snow storm and drier weather over 4 solid months of high heat and humidity.
"There is no weather either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so."--variation on a theme by Shakespeare
It's not a weakness to consider weather when thinking about where to settle. I find heat terribly oppressive, especially when it persists throughout the night and the only relief is found through artificial means. Weather is one of the main things I miss the most about the PacNW, along with the mountains, coast, forests, culture, and city life in Portland. We'd occasionally get a 100+ day, but in most cases it was followed up by a 40 degree temperature drop. Rarely are the evenings hot and nasty up there.
During Summer here in OKC, I live within buildings and the bulk of my outdoor experience is the time it takes to go between the car and whatever building I need to be in (work, home, store). And you may not have to shovel heat, but you damn near need a machete to cut through the humid air. The ability to comfortably enjoy your city of residence year round is a great thing to consider when pondering relocation. I'm kinda bound here now, having bought a house and having a kid on the way, but if I were still in single-and-renting mode, it wouldn't be long before I made the trek back to the Northwest. Now it's more of a long term goal for us.
I'm a bit torn on the issue. I grew up back in the Great Lakes and did like seeing various seasons. Shoveling snow just goes with the territory and for areas that are prepared for it, really doesn't mean anything. Up there a 6+ inch snow fall are usually cleared off the highways in a couple of hours. Down here it shuts things down for awhile. It is all perspective and the experience that area has with dealing with certain types of weather. I personally enjoy cooler weather better than the insane heat of last year. Does that make me weak? Eh, that is more so a pompous bullying statement used to attempt to thrust ones superiority over another - so whatever to it. I'll wave it off as a momentary lapse of common sense and a flashback to a high school mentality. LOL
As far as the forecast outlook are we heading there already? Not yet. So that is a good thing. I just wish I had better news on rain chances however as they don't look amazing for the next 2 weeks.
If you look at ou48A post history its pretty easy to tell that he is the resident idiot.
Back on topic, Its amazing how refreshing yesterday and today have felt. Moderate winds, temps in the 60-70's, and for me atleast it gives me a huge burst of energy and i get so much more accomplished afterwork.
As far as the cooler temps...I do enjoys these and I'm right there with you. The nice breeze, cool temps, really helps get things going.
Maybe we can have a nice summer filled with tropical systems (not bad hurricanes, just you know, "waves") that come up through Texas and hang out for a little while to keep it cloudy and cool. I fondly remember a summer after 7th grade in So. Ok. when a bunch of weak tropical storms made their way up and stayed, keeping June and early July temps in the 70s and low 80s with clouds and occasional rain. It was lovely.
Still corrupting young minds
I think part of this discussion centers around the generational differences in how we perceive temperatures.
When I was growing up in the mid-70's, 100-degree summers in Oklahoma were no big deal; they were the norm, you just endured it, and you didn't realize you were enduring anything. It just was. Just like my mom before me grew up with no A/C whatsoever, kept the doors open, and were hot in the summer, but didn't know they were "hot." These days, however, watch the evening news, and they generate the impression that people are dropping like flies from heat stroke if the temp hits 85, and I personally think that's silly. We've become so inundated with "heat index values" and the notion that even modest "heat" is unpleasant, sure enough, modest heat becomes unpleasant.
The year I moved back here from Portland (2007), the rain followed me. I believe that was the wettest year on record. It rained nearly every day in July and it kept temperatures down. August was nasty, but all in all it was a much more tolerable summer.
I don't see how last summer could repeat with La Nina ending.
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