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(AZ Family)   As temperatures dip into the low 40s, people in Phoenix are wondering if they might be allergic to the cold   (azfamily.com) divider line 61
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2012-12-29 06:05:33 PM
My blood pressure gets crazy high when I'm cold.
 
2012-12-29 06:21:01 PM

Infobahn: I have stopped going to Mayo Scottsdale as they are a bunch of overhyped hacks.

I am a Phoenix native that lived in Minnesota for 10 years, and Northern Idaho for 5. I taunt anyone who wears a sweater when it is in the 60s here. Openly. Most of the complaints come from old people that lived elsewhere and now are snowbirds here, and keep their heat at 85*.


Yeah, I grew up in Utah and Idaho, and Az was a culture shock... That said, once I moved up to Flag, I acclimated perfectly, same with when we vacated that farking blast oven and I moved back to Utah.

Of course, the temperature gets below 40 all of the time in Central and Southern Az, there's even snow in the desert every winter at least once(usually at like 2 am for 10 minutes, although in '90, I watched it snow from like 3 in the afternoon until I went to bed at 3 am or so.)

So no, Az people can't handle the cold that we'll, but I know plenty of people who would keel over dead at 117 degrees, too.
 
2012-12-29 07:12:43 PM
Once upon a time people with this kind of thing would just drop dead as children. We are a weak species!

But since I'm one of those people who would probably be dead without great medical care, I guess this is ok. :)
 
2012-12-29 07:21:07 PM

Mikey1969: So no, Az people can't handle the cold that we'll, but I know plenty of people who would keel over dead at 117 degrees, too.


I'm one of those crazy people who will work in the yard mid-afternoon with temps in the low 110s. You get acclimated to it... you also learn to dress in long-sleeve loose fitting white shirts, wide brim hats and to work slowly.

What people from outside the area may not realize about the desert is that there is no temperature moderator, save for the urban heat bubble of downtown Phoenix. So in the winter, you can get wild swings of 40+ degrees between day and night. On the fringes of the metro area, it can occasionally get down to the mid-20s at night. A little farther out and it gets down to the low-20s. Those same cold fronts can bring near- or sub-zero temps to the high country (Phoenix is around 1000-1300ft in altitude, while Flagstaff is around 7000ft and Prescott is around 5200ft).

If you want cold wussies, look at San Diego and Miami. They're both zone 10b (35-40F min sustained winter temp) on the USDA plant hardiness map.
 
2012-12-29 11:19:23 PM
FTFA: With cold urticaria, exposure to cold temperatures causes redness, itching, swelling and hives on the skin that has been in contact with the cold. As much as possible, people with the allergy should try their best to avoid exposure to cold.

That's it. I'm going back to Florida. At least down there I only had to deal with mold and crotch rot.
 
2012-12-30 02:44:49 AM
I had this condition. It cropped up when I was nine or ten years old and went away on its own within a year or so. When the class went out for recess, I'd get hives. Fortunately, we lived in coastal California at the time, not in Vermont (where we'd lived for five years previously).
 
2012-12-30 10:52:30 AM
Fortunately we only have to deal with cold weather for a few weeks of the year here. I think most snow birds and non-native Phoenicians have lived in shiatty cold ass weather in the past...but temperature is all relative. I no longer have to deal with sub zero wind chill and commuting through ice banks to get to a public bus, so 40 degree weather is going to be supremely unpleasant (in Chicago this time of year, 40 degrees is shorts weather). Yay, 70 degrees and above is our norm! Even 60 degrees IS cold winter weather here.

I'm glad so many people are finding the link educational...but the takeaway message should be that our weather is better than yours.

/sorry FL, but mold, mosquitos and perpetually wet hair and bathtowels suck
 
2012-12-30 11:31:12 AM
(looks out window at thermometer)

-4f

/motherf
 
2012-12-30 04:43:40 PM

elysive: Fortunately we only have to deal with cold weather for a few weeks of the year here. I think most snow birds and non-native Phoenicians have lived in shiatty cold ass weather in the past...but temperature is all relative. I no longer have to deal with sub zero wind chill and commuting through ice banks to get to a public bus, so 40 degree weather is going to be supremely unpleasant (in Chicago this time of year, 40 degrees is shorts weather). Yay, 70 degrees and above is our norm! Even 60 degrees IS cold winter weather here.

I'm glad so many people are finding the link educational...but the takeaway message should be that our weather is better than yours.

/sorry FL, but mold, mosquitos and perpetually wet hair and bathtowels suck


The first winter I lived here, I wore shorts and t-shirts all the time. Now, in year eight, I have to wear my leather jacket in the morning when I leave for work. It's freaking cold at 6:30 am. My body got acclimated to warm weather very quickly. The summers no longer bother me, either.
 
2012-12-31 12:47:03 AM

StrandedInAZ: The first winter I lived here, I wore shorts and t-shirts all the time. Now, in year eight, I have to wear my leather jacket in the morning when I leave for work. It's freaking cold at 6:30 am. My body got acclimated to warm weather very quickly. The summers no longer bother me, either.


I respect that people acclimate to the climate here, and your blood it "thinner" now, I just hate when people make it seem like 50 degrees is frigid. People should know what is really cold and stop biatching about what isn't really an issue in Arizona.
 
2012-12-31 11:21:45 AM
None of the people in this thread should ever live in Missouri. There's a state that freezes in the winter and bakes in the summer, with a whole lot of humidity (when it's not a drought, that is). In July there were nine straight days of 100+ degrees and now we're edging on down towards the teens and it's snowing today. Not really the worst possible extremes in either case, but it's the switch between them is the killer.

/best part is when it happens in a week
//dec 1-8 - high of 75 on 12/3/12, low of 36 on 12/5/12 - 40 degree swing in 2 days.
 
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