Having lived most of my life in the south, I always assumed the southern climate was healthier than farther north.
I guess that really depends on exactly how far north or south, and of course, everybody’s different—with different immune systems.
But as for us, moving from south Texas to southern Missouri was definitely a good move, health-wise. The allergies we dealt with are non-existent here. And the summers are not so stinking hot. I can actually work outside most of the day, comfortably. The Texas summer was insufferable! Errands were best run early in the morning, or after dark. And working outside required lots of water, frequent rests, and any shade available.
Winter has been delightful. It HAS been something of a challenge getting used to the colder temperatures, but we love the real change in seasons!
Texas was stinking hot from about the middle of April through September, just hot in October, warm till about Christmas, and then moderately cool January through the beginning of March. Then it got warm—changing to hot and then stinking hot really fast. And by stinking hot I mean 100 plus degrees—with lots of humidity. So the change of seasons was hardly noticeable.
It never got cold enough, long enough, to kill insects, so they were an issue.
Winter’s not over yet, but neither of us has had as much as a cold—or even a sniffle. And I no longer have a spleen, so my immune system should be somewhat compromised. And allergies haven’t been the least bit of an issue. Allergies in Texas, and back in Georgia and the Carolinas could make life miserable! New Mexico wasn’t bad, though. The dry climate there controlled allergies.
We did well, health wise, in the Chicago area. But we only lived there for seven months, leaving right after Christmas—before the bad winter weather. And the two years in the Cincinnati area were healthy, in spite of frequent snows and really cold spells.
So I have to say that northern climates are healthier—at least for us. And so far, the winter’s not severe. And we’re actually STAYING here! Yay! The nomads have settled.