<Can anybody compare a 105-110 degree day in
AZ to a 90-95 degree day with 100% humidity in MD?>
is more uncomfortable, but dry heat is more dangerous. That is, you can
become dehydrated quickly if you're not familiar with the symptoms. If
you're going to be outside for extended periods of time, keep water with
you. Access to liquids will become second nature, so you won't even think
about it after some time.
<Also what's this I hear about
monsoons? Are they really dangerous or just an inconvenience?>
you're watching them from the comfort of your own home, then you're generally
safe except for the occasional power outages.
Try to stay off
the road when visibility gets low, but this goes for any storm. I'm native
here, and I while I always thought they were more exciting than dangerous,
I have had to pull off the road a few times and let it settle down a bit.
there scorpions and stuff going to be crawling on me when I'm asleep?>
depends on where you live. The closer to the city you live, the less likely
you are to see wildlife. The further out you live where there is still
a lot of natural desert, the more likely you will see coyotes, snakes,
and yes, scorpions.
But to put this into perspective, I saw
my first wild (not in the zoo) rattlesnake just last weekend.. and as I
mentioned, I've lived here my whole life.
<And lastly, what
are some of the cooler parts of AZ that are still within reach of the tech
Arizona probably has some of the most varying climates
on the planet. In Phoenix, it often goes above 120F in the summer. On the
other hand, I've been in Flagstaff in 14F winters (and it gets much colder
half an hour north of Flagstaff).
What specific type of tech
work do you do? There are computer retail and service centers opening up
all over the state, and many of them in places that are 5000+ feet in elevation
(nice cool weather). If you need to be in or near a city, then Flagstaff
may be your best bet.. the average temperature is 20-30 lower than Phoenix.
if your job is going to be in the Phoenix Valley, then you may consider
Carefree at about 2500 feet.. though your average one-way commute to work
will probably be 30-60 minutes.
Good luck! Let us know what
other questions you might have.. Arizona's a great place to live.