Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
I'm at about a week of around 105, 20% humidity and am still alive.....but don't really need that....
That's a cake walk
Last year, around this time, we were setting records at 109 degrees with 112% humidity.
Once you decide which state has the most to offer, go to their climatology page and study the weather pattern. Each county in every state should also have their own climatology records you can research.
Albuquerque NEW MEXICO AND ALBUQUERQUE WEATHER INFORMATION
DFW DFW Weather - Climatology
I notice on the Albuquerque page, at the bottom, it mentions "Basin". I live in the Basin area of the Tennessee Valley. My ex cow vet refers to the Basin as "allergy purgatory".
When you live in a basin area, the stale air hangs around until a wind strong enough to blow a house down comes along and purges it. Two of my dogs ended up with terrible skin allergies after we moved here. One horse had environmental allergies surface, after we moved here. I have allergies I didn't know I had.
Do your darndest to avoid properties in low-lying areas. Those are the first to flood and you, no doubt, will be required by the bank to purchase flood insurance. We are situated on the second highest spot in the county. If we flood, there's not point trying to escape because the entire rest of the county is well under water.
We are also in sort a of "bowl", on that high spot. More than once I've watched wall clouds form, clouds swirling opposite directions come together, "tendrils" drop out of the clouds. It all stays above us or around us.
Meaning, check the climatology records for tornado activity in your prospective area then visit that area and look for physical signs. I have learned which end of my county is going to get hammered and which end of the county stands a good chance of getting missed by a tornado.
I lived in So Cal's Low Desert area five years. While the two shakers I went thru didn't phase me, I was petrified of the fires. I'll take tornadoes any day, over the fires.
That's the best I can offer up -- choose your property in a very weather-wise manner. Even if it means buying less land. There's very little you can do with low-lying land except curse it, if it's all you have - especially when the barn's under water and it's slowly inching (or quickly gushing) toward the house