moving to Florida
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2012 8:10 AM Last Post By: psw
Apr 7, 2012 8:09 AM
moving to FloridaI'm planning to move to Florida for several years, but keeping my home in Vermont. I'll be living somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. My question is this: what kind of winter clothes do I need to bring with me and what can I put in storage in Vermont? Obviously I won't need my down parka and insulated boots and gloves (I hope) but what about woolen sweaters and stuff like that? I'll be taking an SUV, not a moving van so less volume is desirable.
Apr 7, 2012 5:23 PM
1Record lows for Palm Beach, FL for Dec - Mar range from 22 - 27 degrees. Weather graph here Check mark the record lows box for a dose of reality - averages don't tell the true tale. Take your sweaters, gloves and your mid-weight parka. I've never been as cold as the Christmas we visited the in-laws at their FL home and temperatures dropped to freezing. We've got photos of us in heavy jackets and gloves next to FL tropical foliage.
Edited by: Midwesterner
Apr 8, 2012 2:21 AM
Apr 8, 2012 6:24 AM
3Vermonter to Vermonter. Born and raised in South Burlington. Went to Middlebury College. I moved to Miami 15 years ago. You don't need any winter clothes. It doesn't get cold here. No offense to the Midwesterner, but they don't understand what cold is having never lived in Vermont. We don't call it cold until it gets below 0. In addition, the temperatures that Midwesterner listed are "record lows." In 15 years in South Florida, It has never gotten into the 20's.
I've lived here since 1996 and I've worn a "winter" hat maybe 5-6 times, and that's because my blood has thinned and I now think that 40 degrees is freezing. In the winter, I wear sweatshirts on the few days that it is actually cold enough to do so. I've worn my NorthFace Fleece maybe 3-4 times during the winter; although not once this winter. Leave boots/winter shoes/gloves at home. I'd say you're safe bringing a fleece jacket and a couple of sweaters/sweatshirts; and the only time you may wear them would be during the 2-3 day cold snap that we might get in January or February. You will wear nothing but shorts from April - November, and mostly shorts the rest of the year with a few jean days thrown in.
Apr 8, 2012 7:55 AM
4#3 - Laughing about definitions of cold, since I live in MN and have accumulated a coat for every 10 degrees of temperature change, including the down parka that only comes out when it's zero or below -- it's why I said to bring the mid-weight coat and gloves, since I'm sure OP owns them. As you say, probably will only need a few days each year, but no point in being uncomfortable or having to buy extra when it's easy enough to take items with them. FL homes and power grids are not set up to handle the 32 and below temps, which is why that Christmas was so memorable. The rotating brown-outs/black-outs left homes and businesses VERY chilly, unlike our snugly insulated Midwestern buildings.
Apr 8, 2012 8:06 AM
Average January low in xMinneapolis: 7 F.
I think they understand.
I went down to Miami a few years back expecting "warm" temps in winter. They had a record cold snap.
It happens, and it's better to be prepared than not.
Apr 8, 2012 8:10 AM
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