After a few years away from sub-zero winters, you get used to Florida summers. Besides, pretty soon it will be just as hot in Western NY during July and August as it is in Florida. Sure, it feels hotter when you have high humidity, but the old architecture in Western NY doesn’t have central air conditioning built-in.
I do miss the changing seasons in Western NY, but I know the lake effect snow is worst when Lake Erie is unfrozen, and it’s been freezing for shorter and shorter periods each year. That means Buffalo and the surrounding area are going to be getting the worst of both worlds.
…and the taxes! Don’t get me started on the high tax burden in Western NY. I’d fantasize about owning a summer home on Lake Erie or Lake Ontario if it wasn’t for the corruption and high taxes you people deal with. Florida doesn’t have taxes; we have user fees. (Seriously, we don’t have a state income tax and we tax the heck out of the tourists to pay for what we need.)
Growing up in Buffalo, I remember looking forward to summer by the end of every winter, and looking forward to winter by the end of every summer, but every season got old too soon, and when winter gets old, it’s not billowy pristine white snow that collects on the tree branches and sparkles in the sun, it’s dirty slush that hides a layer of slippery ice and bare dead-looking trees that dominate the view from your picture window. Frankly, it depresses me now to see it.
You’ve got a point though. From late May to early September, Florida is a miserable place to be outdoors during the hottest part of the day. We go from our air conditioned homes to our air conditioned cars to our air conditioned offices, etc. …but the rest of the year (on days like today), we have sunny blue skies and palm trees gently blowing in the breeze, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. It’s a sub-tropical paradise.
…and there are so many Western NY transplants living here that going to see the Bills play the Dolphins, Jaguars, or Buccaneers feels like going to a home game at Rich Stadium, but without the freezing cold.