Welcome from WA state.
I gotta agree. These gulf coast summers will beat you down. I need to live in a fall climate year round. LolI'm just the opposite. Yes, the winters can be tough, but there's no better place than Iowa from May to October. I lived in the Ft. Worth area for 12 years, and while I love TX, I hate summers that are so hot you can't even stand to be on the golf course.
Being from Lee County, and growing up traipsing the banks of the Skunk River, I'm familiar with New London.