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Bobby Cruz

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Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:32:04 PM »
So I'm considering moving from Indiana after I retire to somewhere the skies are generally clearer with less light pollution.
Of course I've considered Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, but I am concerned that I'm not going to like the warmer summer temperatures that come with the territory.

Are there locations that I have not considered (in the US) that are more temperate and still have clear unpolluted skies? There are several retirement financial considerations that need to be addressed, but if I just consider temperature and clear skies, what other places are there that I am not considering?

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 03:06:51 AM »
The coastal range in California above the fog has tempered summer climate,, and lovely dark views. But remoteness, real estate prices, and protective 420 growers might be a minus considering retirement.

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 04:58:19 AM »
The higher elevation areas in AZ, NM and Texas would not be as warm. I live in Flagstaff, AZ at 7000 and we rarely get into the 90's. You will have to deal with snow. Then there is Prescott and Sedona which do not get much snow but are a little warmer in the summer. Or get 2 homes like many do and enjoy the best of both

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 09:53:02 PM »
I used to go to Star Hill Inn which is 20 miles north of Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the east edge of the Sangre de Christo mountains.  IIRC winter evenings will sometimes get below freezing but not very far. Spring, summer and fall are very pleasant day and night. Dark skies, too.... And not expensive real estate either....

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 03:30:22 AM »
Here in Alaska we can meet your dark skies needs ( at least in the winter!), but probably not your temperature window! Great Northern Lights though....☺☺☺

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2018, 11:58:14 AM »
I've seen the advertisements for Star Hill and have read articles concerning. I agree it is remote and dark skies. I had forgotten about that area in New Mexico.

Maybe what I need to do is take the wife there and spend a few days there to see what its like! We went to Santa Fe and didn't think it was quite the location we would want to retire in.

Bruce

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 08:23:56 AM »
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I used to go to Star Hill Inn which is 20 miles north of Las Vegas, New Mexico, on the east edge of the Sangre de Christo mountains.  IIRC winter evenings will sometimes get below freezing but not very far. Spring, summer and fall are very pleasant day and night. Dark skies, too.... And not expensive real estate either....

Dave

Sounded interesting enough that I googled it, and got this:

http://www.city-data...r-hill-inn.html

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 05:05:29 AM »
Antarctica

Michael Presley

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 01:55:51 PM »
Well epee, how about Georgia? as opposed to Antarctica??
I have a relative that retired there and understand the economy is pretty "retirement friendly"
Are the skies like Indiana in the respect of average clear skies? Dark sites?

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2018, 11:11:41 PM »
One of the questions would be how rural is too rural for you? I remember the sitcom "Green Acres" and the country life is not for everyone. I live near Prescott and about 10 miles/ 15 minutes from the shopping district in Prescott Valley. There is some light pollution still, maybe dark yellow zone early evening, and light green after midnight. Northwest of Prescott about 25 miles are some very dark skies west of the road between Chino Valley and Paulden. Your probably a minimum of 40 minutes from their to the better shopping and major medical centers. The Prescott area is very hard to beat for year round weather. Right now it is hot during the day at close to 100, which is unusual, but it cooled down to the mid 60's last night. I am able to golf nearly year round. A few storms in the winter will keep me inside near the fireplace. Compared to most of Arizona this is not redneck heaven. You can say your a Democrat here and not get in a fist fight  .

Hope you find a nice place a little warmer then Antarctica.

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 01:47:18 PM »
Gipht,

That is going to be a point of contention with the wife. I was raised on a farm in rural Indiana and am just fine with not being too close to civilization. The wife on the other hand prefers to live nearer the city life.

Right now I have to travel over an hour to my dark site and would prefer it to be closer. Ideally it would be my back yard, but realistically a half hour away would be manageable.

The weather has been unusually warm out west, hopefully its just an anomaly.

Bruce

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 04:03:13 PM »
Consider Colorado then....a couple of good sized cities.....and lots of dark skies.....and mountains.....and the Broncos...with 2 great weather systems....pick your poison, 5000 ft plains to the East, a bit higher and the high desert around the Colorado/Utah border. While the seeing is usually average, our transpareny is to die for....we even have fairly decent weather....can get cold at night though. And the scenery, the kind that give you that same feeling when you saw Saturn for the first time.....and we're also known for our sunsets. I was born, raised, escaped Indiana.

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 06:10:40 AM »
a coworker suggested looking at Colorado.. It should certainly be on the list!
I appreciate the candid and serious responses I have gotten!

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 11:37:14 AM »
Well brother Bruce, you can pretty much write off anywhere east of the Mississippi right off the bat, It suffers from mediocre skies, at best, and steadily declining clear skies year by year. Much the same is true of the Pacific Northwest which probably has the country's least favorable weather patterns. That leaves you with the American Southwest as largely your only choice. But the druthers of your wife to live within convenient driving distance of a city is going to put a real crimp in your selection of locales. It is going to be very difficult to attempt to located an area unlikely to see significant population growth over your remaining years given that the U.S. population is projected to grow very significantly as the health of our economy returns while that of much of the Third World continues to decline and growing mass migration reaches our shores. More people, more lights...everywhere.

BrooksObs

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Re: Locations with generally clear skies and cooler temperatures
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 06:15:15 PM »
BrooksObs,

You certainly can see my dilemma then, can't you!?

I'm Scottish by descent and don't handle the hotter temps as well as I would like.