I moved to LA 8 months after Northridge, so I missed it. I've felt a few quakes since I've moved here, and must say, coming from a part of the country that doesn't have them (Maine) - it's truly unnerving. You grow up with the basic knowledge that the ground is the ground and it doesn't move. When it starts shaking on it's own, it's a really helpless feeling. Over the past nine years, I've finally gotten to the point where it doesn't freak me too much anymore, but then again, I've not felt anything like Northridge yet either.
As far as the weather in the Norhteast...it SUCKS. You have about 2-3 months of enjoyable weather each year. The rest of the year simply bites. Freezing cold from Dec-Mar (with snow starting as early as November, and lasting as late as April routinely). Then from late June - late August it's high 80's-100 with humidity you can drink with a straw. Sucks, sucks, sucks.... I'll take a little ground rumbling over that anyday.
72 and sunny - EVERYDAY.