Re: the weather ... it's pretty sweet, milder Summers and Winters and a lot less humidity. Of course, for all that, one sacrifices the lush greenery one has in Michigan.
Re: Southfield ... many moons ago, I was an LDS missionary and was stationed in Southfield for a few months. So you and I have actually resided in the same city, by just a little overlap.
You must not be too far from Frankenmuth ... one of my favorite places.