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Don’t judge a state by its weather

Years ago when I was getting ready to move to Maine, my grandmother said to me “oh well at least you don’t need a bathing suit when you move there.” Umm I did and enjoyed many days of swimming in the lakes, but must admit, never the ocean (too cold!).

While I was living in Maine, a friend of mine moved to Arizona — Flagstaff. We would call each other and compare winter storms — she won.

Last week I went to Minnesota for work. I packed a warm scarf and hemmed and hawed on whether I should pack an additional sweater or not. Now most of the time I was inside, but when I did venture out, my coat was more than enough to keep me warm (it was a balmy 32-35 degrees F). Who knew Minneapolis wouldn’t be that cold, in February (well at least for the few days I was there)?

I grew up in New Jersey and remember winters being more white and full of snow. Now unlike Maine and Minnesota, the snow in NJ, then and now, never lasts quite as long as it does in those states, but we did have snow. Today I almost feel like NJ experiences snowfall as Virginia did when I was growing up — some but nothing major.

But then again, remember Snowmageddon, the February 5-6, 2010, blizzard that dumped 20-35 inches of snow across southern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey? And last week’s historic blizzard that hit Texas, and before that Kansas? Or the major ice storm in Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2011?

I guess it’s hard to really judge the state by its weather, especially since weather recently has been so …weird.

What are your preconceived notions about weather in certain states? I mean Florida always sounds warm and nice, but they too experience some cold temperatures… share your thoughts here.

5 comments

1 jtminahan { 03.28.13 at 5:47 pm }

We had some temps in the twenties the last 3 days, here in Pace, Florida, and it took out the tops of the potatoes that had come up ( they’ll come back though because I had snow on ‘em back in the 90′s and they did allright) – at the same time the onions, carrots, broccoli and cabbage are doing just fine, and in a few weeks I’ll plant corn, beans, squash, etc. Have peach, aplle, and plums trees in bloom, also. Really getting into gardening now that I’m semi-retired.

2 Kay Kuykendall { 03.06.13 at 7:15 pm }

We are on a mountain between Johnstown and Altoona,PA, in a snow belt, so we expect a long winter. This year we were not disappointed, sorry Phil!. I must say, though, I would rather get it over with and then spring into SPRING, rather than have early warm temps followed by killer frosts that wipe out early frosts that wipe out early buds and blooms.No snow and cold in April….my ruling!

3 Par Loomis { 03.06.13 at 1:55 pm }

It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside in Minnesota since it is the residents that
keep it friendly and warm year round!

4 Benjamin { 03.06.13 at 8:21 am }

Well it snowed in downtown Phoenix and 5 days later was 86. Go figure!

5 Denise Ginther { 03.05.13 at 4:09 pm }

Last Saturday the high in Daytona Beach, FL was only at 47 F.. combined with gusty winds, which kept wind chills placed in the upper 30s!! Nope this wasent at night, during the heat of the day. Heading north into central Virginia, I know old man winter all too well. The harsh winters of the 70s, blizzard of March 1993, 29 inches of snow in January 1996 (my son was born the night it was snowing) APRIL ICE STORM, Blizzard of 2003, March 2009 we had more than a foot of snow, 2010 we had 4 huge snowstorms that put us at 50″ of snow for the year. Now we’re expecting 4-8″ of snow tonight into Wednesday. Where I am, our normal snowfall sits at 18″ so we get our fair share of white.
I was actually in Maine last summer and was told to bring a jacket but did I need it? No, It was 90 degrees & we went swimming. Did you know I actually layed out in the sun… in Maine? I think I might have gotten sun burnt too. We learn something new about every states weather every year!

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