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(KTAR Phoenix)   The rest of you can mock us for living in Arizona when it's 117 outside all you want, but it's still better than shoveling snow   (ktar.com) divider line 163
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2014-07-26 03:40:12 AM  
I can add as many layers as I need to to stay warm, but there are only so many one can (legally) remove to stay cool.  And at 117, being buck naked still isn't enough to stay cool.

I can still remember growing up in Anchorage and walking a half hour in each direction in -10F weather to watch a movie.  I had on 2 pairs of pants, a long down parka, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 shirts and a sweater, and two scarves.  It felt like victory.  but I was young and stupid.  Nowadays my fingers get really weird when they're cold.
 
2014-07-26 03:43:59 AM  
90 is better than snow
100 is about on par with snow
110+ is God's wrath for tormenting innocent Honduran kids.
 
2014-07-26 03:56:45 AM  

Ambivalence: I can still remember growing up in Anchorage and walking a half hour in each direction in -10F weather to watch a movie. I had on 2 pairs of pants, a long down parka, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 shirts and a sweater, and two scarves. It felt like victory. but I was young and stupid. Nowadays my fingers get really weird when they're cold.


This. (I also grew up in Anchorage. Represent, Home-boy.)
Just this afternoon, my mom and I were describing the affliction of Long-John Fever, incurred when you come in from playing outside in -10F weather all day and sit down by the fire with a cup of cocoa without removing your long-johns. After a while, you start to feel feverish and a little sick. Then you realize that you still have your long underwear on, so you take it off and miraculously feel like a new person.
 
2014-07-26 06:02:07 AM  
I may be a New Englander but I like having seasons other than hot, damn hot, OMG hot, and melting pavement hot.
 
2014-07-26 07:40:50 AM  
There are plenty of reasons to mock Arizona.
Weather is only one item on a long list.
 
2014-07-26 07:48:07 AM  
I'm with Ambivalence and Cheese.  You can put more stuff on, but you can't take more stuff off past a certain point.

I farking HATE the heat.  I don't do well in it at ALL.


After -20F, it's just cold.  Deal with it.  Wear the right gear.  That's all.

/also, that article was the most slapdash, poorly written piece of crap I've read today.
 
2014-07-26 07:49:32 AM  
Says you. I'd take 17 feet of snow over anything above say, 55 degrees any day.

The only reason I stay on the East Coast is there isn't really anywhere that accommodates the weather I like year-round and affords me anywhere to work, though I have to put up with the horrors of summer and spring in order to enjoy Autumn and Winter.  I suppose it's worth it, especially if we get a Winter like last year when it snowed almost weekly and never really got warm, but summer.... ugh. Hate. I want to wear my nice clothes and not constantly need sunblock, or have my makeup messed up because I dared go outside.
 
2014-07-26 07:51:53 AM  

Ambivalence: I can add as many layers as I need to to stay warm, but there are only so many one can (legally) remove to stay cool.  And at 117, being buck naked still isn't enough to stay cool.

I can still remember growing up in Anchorage and walking a half hour in each direction in -10F weather to watch a movie.  I had on 2 pairs of pants, a long down parka, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 shirts and a sweater, and two scarves.  It felt like victory.  but I was young and stupid.  Nowadays my fingers get really weird when they're cold.


Meanwhile I grew up in a South Carolina swamp and then worked in Georgia greenhouses. The thermometer frequently pegged at 120.

I'd break out a hoodie when it was 75. It's just all in what you're used to. Nowadays though when it gets over 90 I sweat my ass off.
 
2014-07-26 07:53:06 AM  
Yeah, I'll take snow over 117.

At least places with regular snow don't freak out when it happens. Salt, all wheel drive, and slowing the fark down become fairly normal.
 
2014-07-26 07:54:46 AM  
As in degrees. Never mind I was on my way to a baseball game, where first pitch was at 5:30 p.m., and NO, it wasn't outside.

From the rest of the article it sounds like what the author meant to say is "NO, it wasn't inside."

If you're gonna put a word in all caps for emphasis, I suggest not getting the sentence wrong.
 
2014-07-26 07:54:54 AM  
The women also dress better:

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2014-07-26 07:56:09 AM  

serpent_sky: Says you. I'd take 17 feet of snow over anything above say, 55 degrees any day.

The only reason I stay on the East Coast is there isn't really anywhere that accommodates the weather I like year-round and affords me anywhere to work, though I have to put up with the horrors of summer and spring in order to enjoy Autumn and Winter.  I suppose it's worth it, especially if we get a Winter like last year when it snowed almost weekly and never really got warm, but summer.... ugh. Hate. I want to wear my nice clothes and not constantly need sunblock, or have my makeup messed up because I dared go outside.


Heh, oddly even though I prefer hot weather I have better fashion sense for cold. The only good things about winter are peacoats, sweaters, and dark earth tones.
 
2014-07-26 07:57:46 AM  
Phoenix continues to be a monument to man's arrogance.
 
2014-07-26 07:57:52 AM  
The older I get the more I agree with subby. Fark farking snow in its godfarking snow hole.
 
2014-07-26 08:00:12 AM  
The weather doesn't even make the Top 10 List of things to mock Arizona about.
 
2014-07-26 08:01:14 AM  
Here's the thing: you don't stick around for the 117 degree part of the year. That's when you turn off the AC, empty and shut off the fridge, and let mother nature sterilize your house. Meanwhile you can visit someplace you'd never go in the winter, and use a weekly hotel to reside until October.
 
2014-07-26 08:03:13 AM  
Phoenixians are a little devious. Once you get past the Chicago accent when they say "shoveling snow" then comes the part about Flagstaff being just a drive away in the summer, where the weather is just fine. They leave out the part about the ski resort and the snow reaching the roof there in the winter.
 
2014-07-26 08:04:27 AM  
No, it's not.
 
2014-07-26 08:05:30 AM  
As long as it's not humid the heat is tolerable. But I've also lived here almost 30 years.
 
2014-07-26 08:06:01 AM  
All the politics of the south and all the heat of hell? Sounds like a fab place.
 
2014-07-26 08:07:28 AM  
What a timely article. Summer is always the best time for an article about shoveling snow. Any black Friday articles out there yet?
 
2014-07-26 08:09:51 AM  
That's for damn sure.
 
2014-07-26 08:09:52 AM  
Shoveling snow makes for good exercise.
 
2014-07-26 08:10:05 AM  
As a gardener, I like being able to grow plants other than cacti and rocks.
 
2014-07-26 08:10:25 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Heh, oddly even though I prefer hot weather I have better fashion sense for cold. The only good things about winter are peacoats, sweaters, and dark earth tones.


I wear the same clothes year-round, but really miss tights, thigh-highs, boots, hoodies, scarves (thin ones that match my clothes), gloves (fingerless that match my clothes), and sweaters in the summer.  It just ties my look together better.  I finally admitted that I could not wear the 15 or so bracelets on each arm that I usually do, as well, since it has been so damned consistently hot this summer.

That said, I hate artificial heat, so I usually end up in a tank top indoors even if there are two feet of snow outside. (Speaking of: we have to move before Winter because we don't control the heat in this godforsaken hellhole we rent and whoever does blasts it the second the weather gets nice and I am going to put a fork in their eye.  Artificial heat is a waste of the good seasons. And it hurts my sinuses as much as my allergies do this time of year.)
 
2014-07-26 08:10:44 AM  
That's a false dichotomy. There are places where both 30° and 90° temperatures are unusual.
 
2014-07-26 08:13:40 AM  

BitwiseShift: Phoenixians are a little devious. Once you get past the Chicago accent when they say "shoveling snow" then comes the part about Flagstaff being just a drive away in the summer, where the weather is just fine. They leave out the part about the ski resort and the snow reaching the roof there in the winter.


Ha! My neighbors here in MI is from Chicago, they spend the summers here and live in Phoenix during the school year. School starts on August 10th, so they're leaving next week.

Yes, they mention Flagstaff when I ask why they willingly live somewhere so hot.

I don't go outside if it's over 80, but I'll gladly ski or skate in -10. This last snowy winter was wonderful.
 
2014-07-26 08:14:51 AM  
Are. Neighbors ARE from Chicago.

/out of coffee, brain no work good
 
2014-07-26 08:15:05 AM  
Lie to yourself all you want, subby. Your state - and it's climate - sucks
 
2014-07-26 08:16:32 AM  

profplump: That's a false dichotomy. There are places where both 30° and 90° temperatures are unusual.


And since everyone wants to live there, most people can't afford to
 
2014-07-26 08:18:06 AM  
We're not mocking you because of the weather.
 
2014-07-26 08:19:27 AM  
Now that was a hard-hitting, insightful, relevant bit of reporting, instead of the usual inane, useless babbling
 
2014-07-26 08:22:19 AM  

enry: I may be a New Englander but I like having seasons other than hot, damn hot, OMG hot, and melting pavement hot.


This New Englander agrees. Weather that's too hot (or too cold) sucks, but I'd rather be able to put more layers of clothes on to deal with the cold.
 
2014-07-26 08:22:29 AM  

sir_nose: As a gardener, I like being able to grow plants other than cacti and rocks.


How, exactly, do you grow rocks?
 
2014-07-26 08:23:28 AM  
I fail to see how a half hour inconvenience on average is as bad as melting in your chair for 12 hours.
 
2014-07-26 08:24:47 AM  
www.drinkingclass.org

Well, at least we never have to worry about warm beer.
 
2014-07-26 08:25:19 AM  
Fun fact: While I lived in Arizona, I was called up for jury duty for a case where parents sued a mental institution for wrongful death, which resulted when a young man checked himself out of a voluntary addiction program, rented a car, got lost, and froze to death. The case was sad, because the young man was from Sweden, and was sent to Phoenix to live with relatives, because he'd gotten into trouble for a gambling addiction, and really liked his weed. Out here, he pretty much continued his pattern, being given money by his parents, and not working, and in close proximity to the gambling center of America, only a hop, skip, and a jump from Vegas, it shows a sort of gap in his parents' idea of keeping safe. They also apparently thought that a voluntary gambling and addiction treatment center was going to involuntarily commit someone for weed and gambling. It was a sad case of a young man who'd been given everything, and without a lot of structure, and without a lot of direction, he sort of pissed his days away, and got into some trouble, and parents who blamed everything else for their son's problems. I didn't leave the trial with any feelings like justice being done, and felt bad for the treatment facility who really couldn't help someone who didn't want treatment, who had too much access to money, and who was an irresponsible man-child with poor decision making skills, but who was legally and adult, and who used that freedom to do some really dumb things.

It still gets cold in Arizona. And this young man discovered this the hard way, and you'd think that someone from Sweden might respect the cold a bit more. You'd think, but he left his car when he got lost, and wandered around in the high desert, and wound up running around in his underwear and quietly froze to death not too far from his car.

While it rarely snows, and certainly doesn't get the loads of snow that a lot of the rest of the country gets, every year folks freeze to death, because they simply don't take precautions. Yeah, the summers can be brutal, and the winters are mild in comparison, but if you don't respect the weather on both ends of the spectrum, it'll do a number on you.
 
2014-07-26 08:27:43 AM  
Also, when winter Satan comes to us snowy states, we get a day off. When summer Satan comes along, we get a dealwithit.jpg and told not to be slackers.

/life is different when you work outside
//cold any day of the week
 
2014-07-26 08:29:58 AM  

Kibbler: Now that was a hard-hitting, insightful, relevant bit of reporting, instead of the usual inane, useless babbling


I would say that was some of the usual inane, useless babbling I've come to expect from that state and most journalists.
 
2014-07-26 08:30:23 AM  
Live most of my life in central and eastern NY, and lived in the south for a year.  While the weather was beautiful, I missed the change of seasons--actually, they didn't have much in the way of seasons.  I actually missed the hell out of Fall and Winter.  When a job opportunity came along back in NY, I took it.

/ they also didn't have pizza
// or taxes, as I realize now
 
2014-07-26 08:31:29 AM  

Ambivalence: I can add as many layers as I need to to stay warm, but there are only so many one can (legally) remove to stay cool.  And at 117, being buck naked still isn't enough to stay cool.

I can still remember growing up in Anchorage and walking a half hour in each direction in -10F weather to watch a movie.  I had on 2 pairs of pants, a long down parka, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 shirts and a sweater, and two scarves.  It felt like victory.  but I was young and stupid.  Nowadays my fingers get really weird when they're cold.


Once it's above 98.6 you are actually better off wearing more clothes.
 
2014-07-26 08:33:12 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: Also, when winter Satan comes to us snowy states, we get a day off. When summer Satan comes along, we get a dealwithit.jpg and told not to be slackers.

/life is different when you work outside
//cold any day of the week


Yep, I feel bad for my boyfriend who works in a warehouse and comes home half-dead in the summer. I may biatch about just existing in summer (and I hate the sun (smelling like sunblock all the time sucks)  and long days (I thrive at night) but at least I work in air conditioned environments since I do office-type work.

The best thing that came about this summer was discovering a laundromat with air conditioning.  That keeps Steve from having to do our laundry, as the alternative would be "we have no clean clothes" since I refuse to be out in a hot laundromat in the summer.  (Otherwise, I am entirely domestic... I actually did the hands and knees with a bucket and sponge floor scrubbing yesterday. With the air conditioner on, of course.)
 
2014-07-26 08:34:04 AM  

hasty ambush: The women also dress better:


You make a very persuasive argument.
 
2014-07-26 08:35:15 AM  
serpent_sky: Yep, I feel bad for my boyfriend who works in a warehouse and comes home half-dead in the summer. I may biatch about just existing in summer (and I hate the sun (smelling like sunblock all the time sucks)  and long days (I thrive at night) but at least I work in air conditioned environments since I do office-type work.

The best thing that came about this summer was discovering a laundromat with air conditioning.  That keeps Steve from having to do our laundry, as the alternative would be "we have no clean clothes" since I refuse to be out in a hot laundromat in the summer.  (Otherwise, I am entirely domestic... I actually did the hands and knees with a bucket and sponge floor scrubbing yesterday. With the air conditioner on, of course.)


)
 
2014-07-26 08:36:36 AM  

BlueDWarrior: Phoenix continues to be a monument to man's arrogance.


I think you mean Vegas, baby...
 
2014-07-26 08:36:47 AM  
Rather have the cold than the heat. Here in the desert, it gets cold sometimes, almost to -20. Can deal with that. Heat is a bit of an issue.
Went to get a haircut yesterday, they had numerous swamp fans going, felt like a tropical jungle in there.Sure we pay higher bills for refrigerated A/C, but it's worth it. When temps get over 90, swamp fans do little good, except move damp air around.
There's a reason why the desert is comparatively sparesly populated, mainly due to the weather.
 Remember one summer, vacationing in Phoenix, rental car, after being outside, almost felt like lava, getting in to that car.
Makes me wonder about the homeless in that climate. Not care, but wonder.
 
2014-07-26 08:38:36 AM  

serpent_sky: Says you. I'd take 17 feet of snow over anything above say, 55 degrees any day.

The only reason I stay on the East Coast is there isn't really anywhere that accommodates the weather I like year-round and affords me anywhere to work, though I have to put up with the horrors of summer and spring in order to enjoy Autumn and Winter.  I suppose it's worth it, especially if we get a Winter like last year when it snowed almost weekly and never really got warm, but summer.... ugh. Hate. I want to wear my nice clothes and not constantly need sunblock, or have my makeup messed up because I dared go outside.


I despise summer. The hot temperatures added with the high humidity and you are sweating up a storm just sitting there. The sun starts burning you more quickly so you constantly need to find shade. Then there's the hourly warnings of rain that never happens until late at night which turns into severe weather with thunder, lightning, heavy winds and flooding. So you can't enjoy the outside as its either disgustingly uncomfortable due to the heat and humidity or dangerous due to the sudden lightning storms. Add to the fact that there are constant warnings about heat stroke and exhaustion and how you need several breaks to do your work as the heat makes it harder.

Winter gets a bad rap because of snow. Temperature wise if its cold you add more layers. Plus working outside helps your body keep you warm. You have more energy to do things in winter while summer drains you. You can at least shovel the snow from your driveway. You can't shovel the flooding waters in summer. You don't need to constantly worry of power outages in winter as summer, and even if it does, you just move your food outside.

So yea, summer is overhyped and sucks. Give me fall, winter, spring any day.
 
2014-07-26 08:38:40 AM  
It is not as hot here as it is cold where you live.

/back in Phoenix (native)
//lived in Minnesota for ten years
 
2014-07-26 08:39:01 AM  
Grew up in Wisconsin, live in south Florida...Fark the winter! I'll take gladly trade gloom of winter for these hot summers.
 
2014-07-26 08:39:02 AM  
Snow is awesome. It's beautiful, you can make snow-men and have snowball fights, you can hike in it, ski and snowboard on it, go snowmobiling, tubing, sledding, etc... And snowblowing only takes a few minutes. The heat is miserable, you can't do anything in it except run from one air conditioned location to another while hoping you don't pass out and die melting on the pavement in the process.
 
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