One Reason Not To Move To Colorado – The Cold

It’s almost never warm at night between October and April in Colorado. 

I hear so many things about the great climate in Colorado. And I can’t disagree for one second. The last few days notwithstanding (the clouds have been hanging over us like wispy snow over a Rocky Moutain cornice in winter…), it’s dry, it’s sunny. It’s great. But it isn’t a warm climate.

Now, the degree to which it is cold depends on the year, and it depends on the amount of sun. So, even in January, we’ve enjoyed relatively warm days. I expect to be able to play outside most of the months of the year. Sure, I like the golf better in June than in February, but I have played golf in February.

But as soon as the sun goes away, be it because of clouds or because of nightfall, it is cold in Colorado. So when it gets dark at 4:30 p.m. because of the change of the clocks and the change of the season, get ready for it because it is coming.

It is cold in Colorado.

According to U.S. Climate Data’s website the annual average temperature is about 50 degrees fahrenheit. Not exactly a day on a Baja beach.

A lot of people move here from the south. We’ve got Texans and Floridians and Mississippians and all sorts of people from warmer climes that are the vertebrae in the backbone of this great state. So it surprises me when I hear them say “I like it here, but it’s too cold.”

What did you expect? Arizona? Going up in elevation means going down in temperature, and most of this state exists at 5,000 feet above sea level. They hear of the amazing recreational opportunities, about how we Coloradans are always outside. And it’s true. We spend more time outside than most. But we know that it is going to be the rugged outside. It’s not the beach. It’s the mountains. And mountains are cold.

So, before you relocate to our much sought after Shangri-La, consider this. It is cold in Colorado. And that’s just the way I like it!

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