Five things transplants should know about Colorado weather

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Brandon Marshall
In Colorado, we go nuts for just about any kind of weather.
It's October, which in Colorado means time for snow and 70-plus degree days. If you just moved here six months ago -- which is great! We're glad you did! -- there are some things you should know about Colorado. First, whatever clothes your brought from your home state, whether it was Hawaii or Wisconsin, you're set. We here in Colorado are famous for our inappropriate attire -- jeans with cowboy boots to fancy events, North Face jackets year-round and the CO-pride touting sleeveless puffy vest (or "idiot's jacket," as my native mom calls them) -- so if you want to rock board shorts and snow boots or flip flops and snow pants, just know we're fully supportive of that.

As we step into fall, one of our best mystery seasons -- along with the elusive idea of "spring," the season fall is often confused with -- we're offering these tips on how to brave and enjoy all that Colorado weather has to offer.

See also: Photos: Ten best places to see Colorado fall color

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Fall = temperature schizophrenia
Last weekend was a perfect example: Going from the 70s one day to the 40s the next, that's what fall means in Colorado. For all of you East Coast leaf-peepers, we have some color, too (especially in the mountains), but don't be surprised if snow shows up before the tree in front of your house has a chance to turn. Unlike fall in other states, where the weather cools evenly and you get a chance to acclimate your wardrobe, Colorado's version of fall insists that your bathing suit and snow boots are both a necessity until at least the end of October.

It's true: You can wash your car the same day that it snows
Speaking of swimsuits and snow boots, there's a saying in Colorado: It might snow in the morning, but you could be washing your car by the afternoon. This couldn't be a better description of the summer-to-winter and winter-to-summer seasons known as fall and spring. Seriously, next time it snows in the morning and is 50 degrees by 2 p.m., step outside. At least one of your neighbors is probably washing their SUV -- or four-wheeler, boat, motorcycle, etc.

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Chacos: the unofficial footwear of Colorado.
Footwear is not season-specific
My best friend grew up in Malibu and went to school in Queens, but swears Denver is the only place she sees people really letting their freak flag fly. This is definitely the case for footwear: Next time you're standing in line at Moe's Bagels on a Saturday morning or wandering through LoDo, look down. You'll see cowboy boots, flip-flops, high heels, Crocs, Uggs, wading boots, riding boots, barefoot sport shoes (aka the creepy shoes with built-in toes), Chacos (those extreme-sports adventurer sandals that R.E.I. has dutifully stocked the state with), clogs, water socks, whatever. Snow or no snow, Coloradans love their specific footwear, and weather be damned, they are going to wear it.

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48 comments
Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

unless if you're not of the "majority race," then it's essentially a death sentence by vigilantism.

Deena Duncan
Deena Duncan

Always keep a sweater or hoodie in your car, office, etc.

Andrew Emerton
Andrew Emerton

It's Coloradan. Not Coloradoan. That's helpful to know, right?

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Nobody who's actually from Colorado claims to know what the hell the weather's going to do.

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

sabes qué? todos los pendejos "nativos" necesitan comer a su propia mierda jajajajaja....

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

That -- along with several other supposed "Colorado grown" truisms -- originated elsewhere.

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

So you are going to be a dumb ass, as well? Misery loves company, apparently.

Stephen Dryver
Stephen Dryver

Transplants are the sole reason why this city is no longer a "fly over" cow town, lard ass. Otherwise, you'd be no better than Tex-Ass. LMFAO

Jill Pedroza
Jill Pedroza

Jake Pedroza and Mickey Freese our future transplants need to learn these.

Bob Knudsen
Bob Knudsen

I wore flip flops and cargo shorts today

Tylr Tre
Tylr Tre

Go back where you came from

GFTW
GFTW

OMG VID OF JENNINFURRS!! FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP!! Hey, how come she wasn't allowed to speak????

Stella Newman
Stella Newman

When I moved to Leadville, they always told me they had 2 seasons, winter and 4th of July.

Randy Schmuki
Randy Schmuki

If you are a transplant, just stay home if it snows. We know you don't know how to drive and we don't want you blocking traffic!

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

#6 Go home we know you are just here for the weed !

Ben Prange
Ben Prange

Proud native Rob? Your ability to exist in a certain place makes you superior. Congratulations!

Rob Baxter
Rob Baxter

Denver sucks.. Go back where you came from and tell all your friends.. Hurry! Hurry!

Sydney Vee
Sydney Vee

Someone commented on a friend's Facebook post once: "There's no actual Spring or Fall in Colorado, just times when Summer & Winter war with each other."

Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson

LAYER!!! Once you get THAT concept down, THEN worry about fashion. If you're wearing a tank top, short shorts (or similar) & your coat is on backwards when it's snowing and windy- and you're whimpering about the weather- get your head examined. Something just isn't right in there...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

How could you not remember where you were during the blizzard of '03, having been stuck there for three days? I'm somewhat glad I was working at home.

Jesse McGee
Jesse McGee

Work-canceling blizzards .... reason #534 I love that we live in the same neighborhood. Whiskey & movies all. damn. day.

Just Ben Travis
Just Ben Travis

Let me guess, all the people who said something along the lines of "Go back to where you came from" are white.. Unless you are Native American, STFU already. We all moved here from some place else.

A-stitch Saves Minds
A-stitch Saves Minds

If you Must live here, learn to drive on snow covered roads, hung up the damned phone while driving, Clean up after your dog poop & stay away from my wool.

Meredith Rogers
Meredith Rogers

If you don't like it now, wait 10 minutes and it will change...

Erich Gradle
Erich Gradle

I'd tell them to stay in whatever shithole they come from :)

Kaylyn Hunt
Kaylyn Hunt

There's no such thing as wardrobe transition in Colorado. There's only trying to fit your summer dresses in the closet with your snow gear.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

@Just Ben Travis I'll just settle for "Go move to somewhere that has water. That isn't here..."

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Rob Baxter When will you be returning to the womb?

Oh, and it's "Go back to whence you came," while we're at it.

kaymdir
kaymdir

@Sarah Elizabeth Korus When I lived in Woodland Park it once snowed on the 4th of July.

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