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(Some Guy)   This Farker is moving to Spring Lake Michigan mid-December. How much lake-effect hell can I expect? Will I drink myself to death, or just straight up kill myself before April? I'm a Jayhawk, this isn't right, but I don't know what I can do   (cherryrepublic.com) divider line
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2020-11-27 8:35:57 PM  
80 inches of hell, annually.
 
2020-11-27 8:38:39 PM  
Drop everything, move to the Caribbean and work at a bar and sleep on the beach.

If it's that or suicide, take the Caribbean every time
 
2020-11-27 8:42:35 PM  
OK look, I don't mean to sound like a total jackass, but why not embrace the change and have some damn fun with it? What are you so afraid of missing out on? What if a life-affirming, empowering change awaits you in Spring Lake? What I mean is, you're coming from Kansas for f*ck sake.
 
2020-11-27 8:46:47 PM  
A car with heated seats helps. A lot.
 
2020-11-27 8:46:50 PM  
The winters are brutal, no question. The lake effect snow is pretty darn deep for anyone within 5 miles of the coast. But that area is gorgeous, the summers are one big party. In the balance, you're going to love living there.
 
2020-11-27 8:47:28 PM  
Not the part of Michigan I would want to be, but I'm not a Trump supporter.
 
2020-11-27 8:52:39 PM  
Weather aside, I'd take reasonable proximity to a major city over middle of nowhere any day.
 
2020-11-27 9:26:34 PM  

leviosaurus: The winters are brutal, no question. The lake effect snow is pretty darn deep for anyone within 5 miles of the coast. But that area is gorgeous, the summers are one big party. In the balance, you're going to love living there.


How do you feel about overbering christians?
And yes... There will be snow.
 
2020-11-27 9:31:34 PM  
"We got so high, Michigan looked just like a mitten." -- Sweet Payne, The Hold Steady
 
2020-11-27 9:33:16 PM  
I grew up there.  It isn't so bad.  They do a good job of clearing the snow and keeping the roads driveable.  Learn to keep an ice scraper and a pair of boots in your trunk and you will be fine.  The summer tourists are waaay worse than the snow.

A better question is why are you moving there. There is not a whole lot there outside of the touristy stuff.
 
2020-11-27 9:35:37 PM  

Im_Gumby: leviosaurus: The winters are brutal, no question. The lake effect snow is pretty darn deep for anyone within 5 miles of the coast. But that area is gorgeous, the summers are one big party. In the balance, you're going to love living there.

How do you feel about overbering christians?
And yes... There will be snow.


I guess I'm used to dealing with that. I've never dealt with any that were violent, all the overbearing christians I interacted with just really wanted to save my soul. The local pastors have their daughters dress up all hot and try to get you to talk about Jesus, the ol' "Flirt to Convert". I would have fun with them, tell one group I was a Buddhist, try to sell them on the Eightfold Path, then I'd tell the next I was a Mormon and try to sell them on Joseph Smith's golden plates. They would always walk away with a confused look on their faces. After a while they started avoiding me. I do wish they wouldn't vote, though.

While the winters are brutal, there are also a lot of cool winter activities. If you embrace it, you'll have a lot of fun.
 
2020-11-27 9:48:05 PM  
At least it's not the U.P.

/brr
 
2020-11-27 11:33:40 PM  
You get outside and enjoy the beauty of winter there.
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/Missourian turned Great Lakesian turned Missourian and I'd move back tomorrow if I could
 
2020-11-27 11:39:09 PM  

yohohogreengiant: Drop everything, move to the Caribbean and work at a bar and sleep on the beach.

If it's that or suicide, take the Caribbean every time


I lived in the Caribbean for four years. I prefer Michigan.

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2020-11-28 5:24:10 AM  
Get a 24" 2 stage snowblower or hire a service that you research thoroughly. Do NOT mess with anything smaller or you will hate life the first big snow dump. I bought an MTD with an 8HP engine and electric start 17 years ago and have never regretted it.
 
2020-11-28 5:38:22 AM  
That's pretty close to the water; you might get away with less seasonal snow than a few miles further inland, due to the moderating influence of the warmer water (which in itself is why the snow occurs).  Also, you won't get Buffalo-like amounts because you'll be on a short-fetch side of the lake.

If the winter is cold enough to get the lake to substantially ice over, that will mean less snow.

In any case, Michigan is pretty quick to get the streets clear, so you'll just have to worry about clearing you sidewalks and car(s).
 
2020-11-28 6:13:25 AM  

ytterbium: yohohogreengiant: Drop everything, move to the Caribbean and work at a bar and sleep on the beach.

If it's that or suicide, take the Caribbean every time

I lived in the Caribbean for four years. I prefer Michigan.

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What time of year is this picture taken?
 
2020-11-28 6:14:22 AM  
The only thing I've ever feared is getting stuck in the snow somewhere off the beaten path. I'm one of these always warm people so I underdress for the weather. (I went out today in shorts) So if I end up in a ditch somewhere I'll probably be more in trouble than most. I've done things like put a winter jacket in my trunk and I have this fold up travel blanket in my car just in case.

But I stick to the city more often now so I am not cruising the back roads like I did in the past.

Yeah the snow is a nuisance, but it really isn't so bad once you get used to it. I can clean 6 inches off my car in less than 15 minutes these days I've had so much practice.

Get someone to plow your driveway and generally the cities in michigan are pretty good about the roads.
 
2020-11-28 6:23:09 AM  

GregoryD: The only thing I've ever feared is getting stuck in the snow somewhere off the beaten path. I'm one of these always warm people so I underdress for the weather. (I went out today in shorts) So if I end up in a ditch somewhere I'll probably be more in trouble than most. I've done things like put a winter jacket in my trunk and I have this fold up travel blanket in my car just in case.

But I stick to the city more often now so I am not cruising the back roads like I did in the past.

Yeah the snow is a nuisance, but it really isn't so bad once you get used to it. I can clean 6 inches off my car in less than 15 minutes these days I've had so much practice.

Get someone to plow your driveway and generally the cities in michigan are pretty good about the roads.


Starting about late October I have fleece lined pants, calf length wool socks, a fleece top, and fleece lined gloves in my car. I also have a few blankets and one space blanket per seat in all of my vehicles. If you live in snow country it just make sense to assume at some point you'll have a winter accident and it might not be when and where help is immediately available so be prepared to hunker down or self rescue.
 
2020-11-28 9:42:35 AM  
Make friends with someone who has a place in the UP and a snowmobile ("sled").  The rest will sort itself out.

You'll get used to the lake effect snow soon enough.  We don't get as much on the wi side of lake michigan but it's really just semi daily snowfalls of a few inches.  Depending on the year and how warm the lake is will dictate the frequency and depth.  Most of the time it'll be easy shoveling but 100% agree on getting an oversize snowblower for the big dumps.

Unless you like cold water swimming don't plan on jumping in the lake no matter what time of year.  Even in the height of summer it's still mighty cold.
 
2020-11-28 10:03:08 AM  

yohohogreengiant: ytterbium: yohohogreengiant: Drop everything, move to the Caribbean and work at a bar and sleep on the beach.

If it's that or suicide, take the Caribbean every time

I lived in the Caribbean for four years. I prefer Michigan.

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What time of year is this picture taken?


That was September 5th, the water and  shallow water were about 78F.

I had a very nice slide down the dune and swim.
 
2020-11-29 12:29:26 PM  
Keep boots and an ice scraper in your car. Even if it's not bad out in the morning, you could get a lot of snow during the day and you don't want to be without basics. A bag of kitty litter in the trunk doesn't hurt either. If you find yourself somewhere without the traction to get moving, apply the litter liberally around and under the tires.

You'll get used to the snow, and driving in it. People slow down, and people make allowances - after the first one. First snow of the year people are idiots on the road. Also, watch your corners if there has been a lot of snow. Intersections get cleared and snow gets piled on all 4 corners. Makes it hard to see cross traffic.

It's a beautiful state. I love it here. Summer is great. If you're into nature, there's a ton to do. Hiking, camping, sailing, kayaking, skiing... If not, it's still nice to sit on a beach and read. Winter can suck, but we're all in it together. Welcome!
 
2020-11-29 1:07:35 PM  

PoweredByIrony: Keep boots and an ice scraper in your car. Even if it's not bad out in the morning, you could get a lot of snow during the day and you don't want to be without basics. A bag of kitty litter in the trunk doesn't hurt either. If you find yourself somewhere without the traction to get moving, apply the litter liberally around and under the tires.

You'll get used to the snow, and driving in it. People slow down, and people make allowances - after the first one. First snow of the year people are idiots on the road. Also, watch your corners if there has been a lot of snow. Intersections get cleared and snow gets piled on all 4 corners. Makes it hard to see cross traffic.

It's a beautiful state. I love it here. Summer is great. If you're into nature, there's a ton to do. Hiking, camping, sailing, kayaking, skiing... If not, it's still nice to sit on a beach and read. Winter can suck, but we're all in it together. Welcome!


Research the kitty litter, some are made with clay which actually becomes slicker than snow when wet and ground up by tires.

/Learned that lesson the hard way
 
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