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Old 01-24-2019, 05:04 AM   #91
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5. It's much easier to buy many types of firearms and obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Texas than in California, this could leave someone thinking Texans are weird or kindle an interest in firearms.
Fair point.

The PC, Alice Talbot, actually did obtain a Texas Concealed Handgun License almost as soon as she moved there. She'd never owned a gun (or even touched one) in California, but bought a Glock 26 shortly after she started school in Houston.

Of course, the fact that she was just out of the hospital after a bad experience with a cult may have had more to do with it than geographic location.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:51 AM   #92
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One thing a native Californian will notice in Texas, or for that matter virtually anyplace in the broad central stripe of the US sometimes called "Tornado Alley" - humidity. What a local calls "fine summer weather", someone from the West Coast will find unbearably hot, and smotheringly, thickly humid. (I did Basic at Lackland AFB, just outside San Antonio, TX, in late June and early July. There were days when the weather was literally so miserably humid they weren't allowed to have us work outside during the day until at least the third week. I was certain I could cut the air into chunks for easy storage. Turned out in the end not to be quite as bad as my duty station in Omaha, NE, but pretty harsh for this coastal boy in any event.)

There was a comedian back in the '80s who did a routine about her Scandinavian ancestors who populated the upper Midwest (she was from Minnesota). "And they came to this new world, and they trekked across the continent until they found the one place that was just as damned miserable as the one they'd left."

Weather in the Pacific Northwest is actually not as uniform as most people think, because most people think of Seattle and maybe Portland. There's this long chain of volcanic mountains running down the middle of Washington and Oregon, though, and the northern reaches of California as well; east of these mountains, you get scrub desert, because the mountains stop a lot of the oceanic moisture blowing in from the west. (There's a US Army testing range near Yakima, WA, that currently also serves as a training area for troops facing deployment to the Middle East; the soldiers call it "Yakistan".) On the west side, you can get some heavy rains, and even a few temperate rain forests. (Note that for the past decade or so, summer rains have fallen off dramatically, and winter weather has tended to be much less cold.)
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:02 PM   #93
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And even in the Southeast, we can see altitude influenced weather. Midday in July, I needed a sweater on top of Clingmans Dome. Though the Gulf Coast, not so much.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:05 PM   #94
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And even in the Southeast, we can see altitude influenced weather. Midday in July, I needed a sweater on top of Clingmans Dome. Though the Gulf Coast, not so much.
There are parts of the southeast where the local geography does not believe in altitude. Florida and Louisiana for example.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:20 AM   #95
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There are parts of the southeast where the local geography does not believe in altitude. Florida and Louisiana for example.
Nonsense, there are places here in Florida a good 100 meters high, that's enough to get almost a full degree C of adiabatic lapse. That's plenty to make a difference right? It drives the occasional rain showers inside the Vehicle Assembly Building after all.
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