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Where Minnesota Ranks for Miserable Winters Shouldn’t Surprise Us!

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It’s going to be another typical January week in Minnesota. Highs from tonight right into the weekend are going to be in the single digits. And the lows, well, they’re going to have a minus sign in front of them. But just how miserable are Minnesota winters compared to other states?

They’re miserable. It’s really that simple. According to a recent Thrillist post on the “States With the Worst Winters and Winter Weather Forecasts,” Minnesota is the top of the miserable list. That’s right. No other state in the entire country has winters as completely awful as we do here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

The reason they rated us as the most miserable is, in part due to these points. “Parts of Northern Minnesota see 170 inches of snow in a winter. One hundred seventy inches! That’s like two and a half times the height of Kent Hrbek!!”

The post goes on to mention, “It can get down to -60 degrees, a temperature at which frostbite can occur in fewer than five minutes.”

So, for those of us who live here, is it really that bad? I remember one winter evening many years ago, as I was pumping gas in Rochester, I was thinking to myself, “Man, it feels really cold out!” But it’s generally cold out on any given winter evening, so I didn’t think much more about it. Then, after getting back in my car I turned on the radio just in time to hear the DJ tell me that the temperature was -23 degrees, with a windchill of -56 degrees. All I could think after that was, “Well, I guess that explains why I felt so cold pumping gas…”

What’s the most miserable Minnesota winter moment you remember?

NEXT: Rochester Among the 10 Coldest Cities in the U.S.

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