Raised in Florida, ready to move....deciding to move to Arizona.....anyone have any thoughts on this?
You certainly know what "hot" means living in Florida, although Florida is a LOT more humid than Arizona could ever be. We have a saying here in Arizona - "It's a DRY heat," LOL, and yes, it is and very, very hot in the summer time. Temps in summer ALWAYS go well over 100 degrees, but look at the bright side - you go from an air conditioned home to an air conditioned car to an air conditioned store. If you decide to go up north to Sedona or Flagstaff, you can expect your summers to be a bit cooler than in Phoenix or it's surrounding areas. Up north, they get snow, so if you like to ski or like the change of weather, you might prefer it there. Phoenix has generally mild winters. We get a lot of "Snow birds" here in the winter time from places up north and Canada. For the most part, winters here have temperatures in the 50's or higher. I've celebrated many a Thanksgiving and Christmas with the doors open because it was actually in the 70's or 80's, LOL. On occasion, we do get a wicked winter. A couple of years back the temps dropped to the 20's as a low. People were scrambling to cover their bushes and trees from the frost. Of course, we have our "Monsoon" season, which brings a lot of rain in certain areas and I don't know if you're familiar with Haboobs (dust storms or sandstorms), but some of those could be pretty wicked, too. Here's an awesome video that a gentleman took from Gilbert, AZ as one of our more awesome Haboobs hit us:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Jrxb5209I
Arizona really doesn't lack for anything. There's restaurants, and shopping, and plenty of entertainment.