There is no way I could handle that.
I grew up in Florida, fifteen minutes from the beach... with abundant sunshine and plenty of greenery that stayed green year-round. I didn't really 'do the beach thing' often at all, but it's easy to underestimate just how much a daily commute past the Bayfront, or being able to take a sunset walk on the beach, or walking/biking over the island bridges does for your mood.
Then I went to college in Maryland. HATED the gray dreariness of winter.... brown grass, leafless trees, and clouds for days on end. Spent the winter months depressed, homesick, and not wanting to leave my dorm room. Transferred home to a FL state school after a year and a half... the weather wasn't the only reason, but it was definitely a big factor.
After 7 more years in Florida (finishing college, working a bit, then grad school), I apparently forgot my hatred of winter and came to the foothills of NC. The first few years were tolerable due to the novelty, a schedule that allowed lots of mountain daytrips, etc but, after 10 years, the novelty has worn off. I hate winter with all my heart. It doesn't get that cold, but the gray skies and lack of green plants just kills me.
My husband grew up here and doesn't want to move, but has agreed to consider it in a few years. I started using a happy light and taking vitamin D this year.... I'm less suicidal than previous winters but still far from happy. Just trying to hang in there until spring.
So I check FL real estate listings at least once a day and hope that I can someday sucker him into moving. This year, we're spending a total of 3 weeks in Florida between various family visits (3/4 of my husband's vacation time!), so at least there's that to look forward to.
Gloomy weather seriously sucks.