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    Is CO really that sunny?

    I have no idea if this is a myth or not, but I remember hearing or reading a while ago that CO has the most sunny days in the US. I didn't have any luck searching for facts on google, but just wondering what you think.

    If it is true (or at least if it has more than the average sunny day), why? Because the clouds dissipate at the mountains?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    I have no idea if this is a myth or not, but I remember hearing or reading a while ago that CO has the most sunny days in the US. I didn't have any luck searching for facts on google, but just wondering what you think.

    If it is true (or at least if it has more than the average sunny day), why? Because the clouds dissipate at the mountains?

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    YEP. Colorado is said to usually have about 300 days a year of sunshine.
    I don't actually know if that's true or not, because I never have counted them, but I know it's sunny here alot. Colorado Rocks!

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    And it counts as a sunny day, even if it's sunny, but the high is -5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andychrysler
    And it counts as a sunny day, even if it's sunny, but the high is -5.
    haha. i know what you mean. it was -20 F here in chicago 6 weeks ago or so and it looked beautifully sunny out- sooo misleading!
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    Sucks here. I don't know where you are getting your info but it's similar to Seattle. Hardly any trails. (: (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blugrs71
    Sucks here. I don't know where you are getting your info but it's similar to Seattle. Hardly any trails. (: (:
    nice! same i hear about las vegas and it's no fun and no cute girls hanging out
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    if you want to know anything about any place, check out www.city-data.com look up Denver and scroll down to the weather graphs and compare them with any other city in the US and you'll get your answer.

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    Yeah... but it's a *dry* sunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raceface9465
    if you want to know anything about any place, check out www.city-data.com look up Denver and scroll down to the weather graphs and compare them with any other city in the US and you'll get your answer.
    perfect. i was looking for something like that. thanks!
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    I hear that we are second in the nation for sunny days, just behind Miami. Plus, I hear that with the altitude, the skin cancer comes along with it.

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    I moved to CO from portland about a year ago. There is a HUGE difference in blue skies, and attitudes. People appear much happier here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intenserider2
    I hear that we are second in the nation for sunny days, just behind Miami. Plus, I hear that with the altitude, the skin cancer comes along with it.
    It isn't just that, we have some of the higher levels of background radiation from our soils, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blugrs71
    Sucks here. I don't know where you are getting your info but it's similar to Seattle. Hardly any trails. (: (:
    +1 I don't know why anybody lives here I can only get out 5 days a week

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    Yes indeed

    I moved here from San Diego, CA two years ago. Denver has more days of sun than the beaches of Southern California.

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    Wouldn't a place like Death Valley have more sunny days? I guess no one lives there to count 'em :P

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    Depends on your definition of "sunny"

    See the second question/answer in the link below:

    http://ccc.atmos.colostate.edu/questions.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg
    I moved to CO from portland about a year ago. There is a HUGE difference in blue skies, and attitudes. People appear much happier here.

    I'll second that! I spent a year in Portland after living in Asheville for several years. I prefer the sun for sure.

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    ssssssssshhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! trails suck too! No t.i.t.s. here either!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me!
    ssssssssshhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
    It's true, though.

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    Less sunny days here than in AZ.

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    I think Eric meant to say "windy"

    Yes, the front strange has over 300 days of year of sun (based on some marketing thing that caught on), but it doesn't make it the sunniest place. I recall the month of May, 1995 solid clouds and rain for the entire month. I turned a job in Seattle down for the sun of CO.

    Based on this year, I think we have over 100 days of high wind a-year too---at least it seems that way.
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    It snowed today and then the sun came out. I guess you can count that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg
    I moved to CO from portland about a year ago. There is a HUGE difference in blue skies, and attitudes. People appear much happier here.
    You think Portland is bad? Try Detroit
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Based on this year, I think we have over 100 days of high wind a-year too---at least it seems that way.
    Amen brother Rich! That wind is enough to drive a man nuckin futs

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    I moved here from the Chicago area in October. Compared to what I remember of the damp, cold, and grey fall and winter days, this area is nice. Just look at this weeks forecast on weather.com and compare to there. It seems like everytime I talk to family back there they just complain about the cold. There might be better areas in the country to live, but I'm really happy with my move.

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    Hi all, yep it has been very windy this year, but the wind is the major reason why we have not had much of a winter. The jet stream has kept the prevailing winds out of the west which along the Front Range means downsloping or warming winds. This strong wind pattern has pushed the major storms system up and over the Front Range of Colorado, as the storm track has been locked in over the midwest and east for much of the winter. That said, even during our coldest winter, we still get our share of the sun which goes a long way towards making the winters bearable here. I have spent a little over two decades of forecasting weather, with the exception of a five year TV stint in WA, and this has been atypical as far as the windy conditions. I tell you what though, I will take this any day over the five years I spent in northern Washington State. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful there and having lived only 50 miles from gorgeous Vancouver, BC, I haven't seen much prettier countryside anywhere than that part of Canada. And still while I was there, I couldn't get my heart out of Colorado. This is HOME, and I'll take this weather anytime over anywhere else in the country. I live in Lyons now, and this is home for life. You want to see gorgeous typography, just check out my lyons cam at: http://www.lyonsrecorder.com/cam.html . That says it all as to why I wouldn't live anywhere else no matter what the weather is doing!

    So let the wind blow, as long as it leaves me where I belong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    I think Eric meant to say "windy"

    Yes, the front strange has over 300 days of year of sun (based on some marketing thing that caught on), but it doesn't make it the sunniest place. I recall the month of May, 1995 solid clouds and rain for the entire month. I turned a job in Seattle down for the sun of CO.

    Based on this year, I think we have over 100 days of high wind a-year too---at least it seems that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLP2002FH
    I moved here from the Chicago area in October. Compared to what I remember of the damp, cold, and grey fall and winter days, this area is nice. Just look at this weeks forecast on weather.com and compare to there. It seems like everytime I talk to family back there they just complain about the cold. There might be better areas in the country to live, but I'm really happy with my move.
    yeah, i can definitely see how the weather in the CO area is much more appealing to me than the chicago area. as i'm sure many can tell, i'm seriously thinking about making the move out west. obviously, there's a lot to consider since it's just not me (wife and 2-year old too). jobs are also a major factor. there's a possibility i can work virtually for my current job so that would be great! my wife is working on her masters in special education so we're seeing what the need is out in CO for special ed teachers.

    i am just sick of the weather in chicago! the city is great and people are wonderful, but why not just live in an area where there is so much outdoor life!

    okay, that's my rant or rave, or whatever you want to call it.

    thanks for all your input!
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    Hey EZ, best of luck in your decision. If you want it badly, you'll receive it. When I had my hiatus out in Washington State for five years, I lived right on the Bay, with 180 degree views of the San Juan Islands and the white capped mountains surrounding Vancouver, BC, yet I never stopped thinking about CO and moving back someday. Sure enough the opportunity presented itself and back came my wife and I.

    Something tells me you'll be riding the hills out here one of these days.

    Peace to you and your family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Z
    yeah, i can definitely see how the weather in the CO area is much more appealing to me than the chicago area. as i'm sure many can tell, i'm seriously thinking about making the move out west. obviously, there's a lot to consider since it's just not me (wife and 2-year old too). jobs are also a major factor. there's a possibility i can work virtually for my current job so that would be great! my wife is working on her masters in special education so we're seeing what the need is out in CO for special ed teachers.

    i am just sick of the weather in chicago! the city is great and people are wonderful, but why not just live in an area where there is so much outdoor life!

    okay, that's my rant or rave, or whatever you want to call it.

    thanks for all your input!
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    Colorado sucks. I would stay in California :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by weatherbe
    Hey EZ, best of luck in your decision. If you want it badly, you'll receive it. When I had my hiatus out in Washington State for five years, I lived right on the Bay, with 180 degree views of the San Juan Islands and the white capped mountains surrounding Vancouver, BC, yet I never stopped thinking about CO and moving back someday. Sure enough the opportunity presented itself and back came my wife and I.

    Something tells me you'll be riding the hills out here one of these days.

    Peace to you and your family!
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    thanks, man! yep, i see myself there sometime soon too. just so much more outdoorsy type stuff than the midwest!
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    Pray for snow/rain

    Along the Front Range this winter we have had sun, warm temps, wind, and almost no snow.

    It this continues, we can add massive forest fires to the list....It is so freaking dry in the foothills that unless we get a pretty normal March/April, we're going to be hurting come summer. I can't imagine what will happen if lightning hits one of those Clear Creek/Summit County mountainsides full of beetle kill.

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    .1 inches of snow for february... officially.

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    Eric, I would be sure you have a job lined up before moving.
    CO. sucks big time with no money and no job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleTrackLovr
    Eric, I would be sure you have a job lined up before moving.
    CO. sucks big time with no money and no job.
    no doubt about that. we will not move if either my wife or I don't have a job; I'm counting on my wife since she is studying to be a teacher. i am hoping i can work virtually for my current job, but if not, i'll be doing the job hunt before we buy or rent.

    with my son home now, i can take a "chance" on just finding something or just getting by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jake7
    You think Portland is bad? Try Detroit
    Hey, I'm from Detroit originally. I can tell you without a doubt that....yeah, detroit is worse than portland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slcdawg
    Hey, I'm from Detroit originally. I can tell you without a doubt that....yeah, detroit is worse than portland.
    Detroit is worse than [insert name of any city other than one in Ohio]...

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