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Old 01-28-2015, 05:38 AM   #1
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What part of Arizona (if any) will not have freezing cold weather plus not have burning up hot 100 degree weather?
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What time of year?
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The desert has a large temperature range in the winter. When I lived in Wickenburg (IMHO, best place in the state) my dog's water bowl would be frozen at sunrise, and afternoon temps would sometimes peak near 90 degrees on the same day. Microclimates are the rule, and you can find significantly different conditions just by moving a mile or two. The Tucson area is good for this type of climate "fine-tuning."
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What part of Arizona (if any) will not have freezing cold weather plus not have burning up hot 100 degree weather?
No single place, but isn't that the best part of having wheels on your house?
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Yes it is, but I am thinking of finding a location as a home base. Where I live at now the temps get into the below freezing some, but not a lot of them. The high temps are usually below the 100 mark most of the time.

We are unlimited on where we could move to. Being we have not ventured out West yet this area is appealing to us.
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You get used to the heat and you don't stay out in it any more that someone would if they were in sub zero temperatures.
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Tucson will have days in the 110s, but will be much cooler if you go to the top of Mt. Lemmon. Some people will go to Silver City, NM during the summer for relief. We do have some freezing nights, though it is usually in the 60s by mid-day.

Microclimates are common and sometimes surprising here. We regularly get frost on the windshields in the front yard, with an ambient temperature in the 50s in the back year. A friend a mile away had a slight snow flurry at mid-day a few weeks ago, with an air temperature near 60.

I think you will have to pick two locations to have the luxury you seek.

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Any place around 5000 feet. Payson, Prescott, Benson to name a few. A few days of below freezing and a few days of 100 are not bad. Besides, there's no humidity and the "feels like temperature" is usually lower in the summer and higher in the winter, than the actual temperature. Here in Central Texas and many other places in the south, with the humidity, it is just the opposite. I only chime in because I have spent a lot of time in AZ, and I have been actively searching for real estate in the Payson area for a couple years now, but I haven't found that perfect spot yet. I am willing to go a little higher than 5000, because I am more interested in a summer retreat.
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Rueben, the Sedona area is really nice as well and has a more moderate desert climate. There are several places in Arizona where the summer heat is not as bad, the winters may get a little cool but for the most part not snow type issues. Anything with a little elevation will be a more suitable all year climate for what you seem to be looking for. And remember the humidity is different in the western US compared to where you are currently. For the most part it is a dry heat which is much more comfortable than the heat with humidity you experience where you live now. About the only time there is uncomfortable humidity is during the monsoon season where you are getting thunderstorms in 100+ degree heat. They really cool things down during the storm, but the days following are much like where you live, only they do not last as long. The desert is beautiful both summer and winter in a lot of areas, just look for something with a little elevation.
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If wecrequired places to live, we would choose two.
1. Prescott
2. Yuma.
Good infrastructure in each place, reasonable living costs, fun places to see and do.
You can buy or rent park lots and move tween them to avoid the nasty stuff.
If you are not going to travel, Prescott and a park model would be best.
We are adventurers. More than a month in one spot would drive us batty. And our weather goal is never hot, never cold.
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The above-mentioned Sedona and Benson are VERY hot in the summer. Sedona has a definite winter - with snow. Benson has cold nights in winter and sometimes snow (teens and 20's) but warms up to 50's, 60's during the day.

For year-round, I would consider Prescott but it will get light snow occasionally. It's very nice in summer. Prescott is a very nice area. Prescott Valley is hotter in summer than Prescott town.

Now, if you'd like two places in Arizona you'd have a lot of choices. It's all about elevation. For summer you'd want to get at 6,000 ft. or higher - 7,000' and above is ideal and that would put you at Flagstaff or Show Low/Pinetop area. For winter you'd want to stay below 4,000 ft. - the greater Phoenix area, Tucson, Green Valley, Havasu, Yuma.

There's no one area in Arizona that has temps like you'd like year-round. Good luck finding the ideal place for you!
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We spent Christmas week in Phoenix. Daytime was 72, night got down to 30.

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I think in AZ you want to be in the 3-4,000 ft elevation range to have the best year around temps. Spent 40 + years in the Verde Valley. Hard to beat. It will be warmer than than you want to be sometimes, and colder than you want to be sometimes - but good almost all the time. You are 50 minutes to the pines and 7,000 ft. and 50 minutes to 1,500 ft and desert lakes.
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