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Climate change will force a new American migration - Life is becoming increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, which could cause millions of people to relocate

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    andre
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    People actually like heat? I've lived in Texas for nearly three decades, and summers are feeling noticeably hotter and longer. It's miserable here, and my fiancee and I are planning on moving...

    Similar patterns are evident across the country. Census data shows us how Americans move: toward heat, toward coastlines, toward drought, regardless of evidence of increasing storms and flooding and other disasters.

    People actually like heat? I've lived in Texas for nearly three decades, and summers are feeling noticeably hotter and longer. It's miserable here, and my fiancee and I are planning on moving north in the next couple of years - we like being outside, and it's just unpleasant for a large chunk of the year in both Dallas and Austin.

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      Rez
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      I like the heat. But I don't have to deal with the humidity or work outside. Humid heat is miserable. If it's just 100 F / 38 C out though, that's just dealing with temperature as your "weather"...

      I like the heat. But I don't have to deal with the humidity or work outside. Humid heat is miserable. If it's just 100 F / 38 C out though, that's just dealing with temperature as your "weather" which amounts to hydration and sunscreen, rather than dealing with any kind of stormy weather. You can still easily have a great day out in that case if other factors aren't at play.

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      1. vord
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        100 F with no humidity ain't no thing, our bodies regulate quite well with evaporating sweat. 100 F at 80%+ humidity is utter hell. Evaporation happens much slower, so you're not just hot, but...

        100 F with no humidity ain't no thing, our bodies regulate quite well with evaporating sweat.

        100 F at 80%+ humidity is utter hell. Evaporation happens much slower, so you're not just hot, but also wet and not cooling since the hot sweat is just accumulating on your skin.

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    2. Silbern
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      Definitely, yeah. I'm originally from New Hampshire, which I personally loved the climate of, but my mom in particular hated it, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of her mild arthritis...

      Definitely, yeah. I'm originally from New Hampshire, which I personally loved the climate of, but my mom in particular hated it, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because of her mild arthritis and because wet cold is extremely unpleasant to her. Currently we live in Hawaii, which I also love, but she likes it especially because she doesn't have any kind of pain or stiffness and she never needs to worry about freezing rain or sudden snowstorms. It's 84F all year long, just the precipitation that varies between the dry and rainy seasons. She would take living in the desert long before moving back to NH, because from her perspective it's not really comfortable to go outside in NH in the winter either.

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    3. suspended
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      My wife and I are originally from the southeast US. We got fed up with the heat and moved to Maine.

      My wife and I are originally from the southeast US. We got fed up with the heat and moved to Maine.

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