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5 Worst Winter Weather Cities

by Caleb Weatherbee

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The idea of perfect weather is as crazy as the idea of a perfect world or a perfect anything. One person’s ideal weather is another’s worst day. The funny thing about weather is that some people enjoy what most of us consider the worst weather (snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes). We’ve had people ask us where to move to for the best place to see tornadoes, believe it or not. To help us answer the question of  “perfect” weather, we polled our Facebook fans. The consensus seemed to be for clear blue skies, low humidity, temperatures around 75°F, and a light wind. Yet others said snow and lots of it. So instead of picking perfect weather we’re picking far-from-perfect or “worst” weather.

In the 2002 Farmers’ Almanac, we decided to offer our picks for the 10 best and ten worst weather cities. The response was amazing. Many agreed, some disagreed, and others suggested cities we should have included on the list. To compile this list, we looked at temperatures, sky conditions, precipitation, humidity, and wind. This year we’re doing it again, but with a twist–we are looking at which cities have the worst winter weather and which have the worst summer weather.

The following list took a number of meteorological factors into consideration, as well as the population size of the cities. We set a limit of a population of at least 50,000 people. Interestingly, from our original “10 Worst” list of 2002, two cities, Syracuse and New Orleans, made it onto our Worst Weather lists this year. Here are our listings for the ten cities, five each with the worst winter and worst summer weather in the United States.

Worst Winter Cities

5. DETROIT, MICHIGAN The hardest thing to adjust to in a Motor City winter is not so much the cold or wintry precipitation, it is the lack of sunshine. Winter days in Detroit mean an abundance of cloudy, gloomy days. The sky seems to be perpetually gray. During the winter season, two out of every three days are overcast. Clear, sunny days occur, on average, just 13 percent of the time.

4. CLEVELAND, OHIO The earmarks of Cleveland winters are cold and snow. Typically, there are an average of five days with subzero temperatures. Mean annual snowfall increases, from west to east in Cuyahoga County, from 45 to 90 inches. Winds generally blow across Lake Erie from the west and cause localized snow squalls in the city’s eastern suburbs.

3. CASPER, WYOMING Snow is common in this town and has occurred as early as September and as late as early June. The average daily winter temperature is 22°F, and on average, 181 days of the year have temperatures at or below 32°F. Casper is among the top five most windiest spots in the nation. The prevailing winter wind blows from the southwest, with the emphasis on “blows.” Some wind gusts have been clocked at over 60 m.p.h. The wind has knocked tractor-trailers off interstates. As one native put it: “In the winter we have snow followed by wind, wind followed by snow, and wind and snow together. In some places the snow never hits the ground but gets worn out by the wind.” And the late Jean Shepherd wrote: “Let me tell you, you’ve never been in a blizzard until you’ve been in a real Wyoming screamer. The snow was coming down so fast and hard that I felt I was driving through a white tunnel. It got colder and colder, and my windshield was freezing up faster than the defrosters could blow it off.

2. DULUTH, MINNESOTA “Frigid” is how many describe Duluth. During the winter, it’s second only to International Falls (“The Icebox of the Nation”) in terms of rank among the nation’s coldest cities. The transition to bitter winter weather is dramatic. In October, the average high temperature is a comfortable 53°F. But by December, it has fallen to 22°F, and by January (the coldest month), it’s only 16°F. An example of how extreme the cold can get here is “The Great Cold Snap of 1996” (January 29 through February 5). During that time, Duluth recorded 164 consecutive hours of below zero (°F) temperatures. On February 2, the low temperature was minus 39°F and the high temperature was minus 21°F. Duluth receives nearly 80 inches of snow, much of it as a result of cold easterly winds flowing over the western tip of Lake Superior, producing local lake-effect snowfalls. But it’s the frigid cold that gets Duluth a spot on our Top 5 list.

1. SYRACUSE, NEW YORK “Cold,” “clammy,” “snowy” are three great ways to describe Syracuse weather–from October through April. Winter starts very early and lasts late, with plenty of snow and extremely cold temperatures. Winter daytime temperatures average in the lower 30s, with nighttime lows in the teens, but temperatures as low as minus 25°F have been recorded. Snow also makes winter uncomfortable in Syracuse, averaging almost 120 inches per season. During the winter of 2009—2010, Syracuse was again the winner of the prestigious “Golden Snowball Award,” celebrating the city with most snowfall for the winter in upstate New York, beating out such snowy cities as Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and Binghamton. Syracuse also made our Farmers’ Almanac “10 Worst” list in 2002. Another reason why this city makes the worst winter weather list — December, January, and February are typically gloomy, with Syracuse receiving only one third of the sunshine possible, because of considerable cloud cover.

Check out what cities made our Worst Summer Cities

Do you have a worst winter weather city that should make the list? Tell us about it.

296 Responses

  1. Seriously, NYer’s need to be quiet. It’s not very cold there. You’re a bunch of girly girls.

    by Jon Y on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply

  2. I remember in Mishicot, Wisconsin minus 65 ferriheight bundled up in 5 layers of clothes, grabbing the wheelbarrow to go to the barn to get wood for the house, and my dad would stay in the barn to check on our animals! That Lake Michigan cold wind from the North including Lake Superior!!! That wind would just swirl and cut right through you!

    by Mike Kaderabek on Aug 21, 2016 at 1:39 am Reply

  3. Lived in Minot, ND for several years in the 70’s and remember a neighbor walking 2 blocks to work and freezing to death. Temp was about -45° but with the windchill was about -85°F.
    Have seen -41°F in Casper, WY where I live now. (Not including windchill)

    by Mel K on Aug 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply

  4. This list looks to be almost 6 yrs old. I have lived in Casper, WY for 21 years (Southern California was home) I got a real eye opener for what cold and wind were all about. Never felt my lungs burn before…was crazy. We generally get the first snow and last snows in the US (early Sept. to early June is no joke). We don’t get the extreme temps. ( -35 F without wind chill is the coldest I’ve experienced) like places in Minnesota or North Dakota or the snow like the North East, but we do get cold early and it doesn’t begin to warm up until mid to late May. You cannot plant flowers or start a garden until about June. Having said that…..our wind is harsh and brutal….especially to the skin…..put even a 20 F day with a 35-40 mph wind and it’s damn cold! I know people from Alaska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana…Colorado ….they all know what cold is about but agree the wind makes it almost unbearable to live here. They say, ” All take the cold, just get me out of this wind”. The sparse population also makes winter life in Wyoming very dangerous if you get yourself on a wrong road or stuck in a snow drift…..you can die……cell phone service isn’t the greatest! We always (all year round) carry some sort of warm clothing in our vehicles…..just in case.

    by Mike on Aug 20, 2016 at 11:58 am Reply

  5. 21. Ottawa, ON (Canada) – 22. Toronto,ON (Canada)
    whoever decided that these 2 cities have the coldest winters have clearly never spent a winter in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – our city’s been nicknamed “Winterpeg” – pretty much says it all – one of the coldest in Canada…..
    “Winnipeg, Manitoba has the coldest winter weather of any major Canadian city. It ranks first for the lowest average temperatures. Winnipeg also is Canada’s city that most often drops to -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit) or below and it is least likely to have a day above freezing during winter.”

    by M Loreque on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

  6. 21. Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    22. Toronto,ON (Canada)

    these 2 listed as cold??!! You’ve GOT to be kidding me!!! Clearly you have never experienced a Winnipeg, Manitoba winter!!!

    by M Loreque on Aug 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply

  7. Barrow, Alaska, farthest north city in the country. Fairbanks, Alaska. Temperatures below 0 to -75 for months. Complete darkness, wind chill.

    by Joan Haskell on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm Reply

  8. How about any place in northern Maine? Presque Isle? Its snowy and cold until May.

    by Mainer on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:23 am Reply

  9. Here is a list of worst places to live in, or to be in when a polar Vortex occurs during winter:

    1. Albany,NY
    2. Buffalo,NY
    3. Syracuse,NY
    4. Boston,MA
    5. New York City,NY
    6. Hartford and New Haven,CT
    7. Philadelphia,PA
    8. Pittsburgh,PA
    9. Baltimore,MD
    10. Atlanta,GA
    11. Dallas and Fort Worth,TX
    12. Denver, CO
    13. Cheyenne, WY
    14. Chicago, IL
    15. Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN
    16. Duluth, MN
    17. Washington DC
    18. Detroit, MI
    19. Nashville, TN
    20. Memphis, TN
    21. Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    22. Toronto,ON (Canada)

    If you don’t like being out in a frigid cold, thanks to the polar vortex, my advice is to stay away from (or avoid) those cities that I mentioned above.

    Here are a list of cities to be in if you don’t like the frigid cold air, thanks to the Polar Vortex:

    1. Los Angeles, CA
    2. San Francisco, CA
    3. San Diego, CA
    4. Honolulu, Hi
    5. Orlando, Fla.
    6. San Juan, PR
    7. Mexico City, Mexico

    by Walter Clark on Apr 5, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply

  10. Check the snowfall for Valdez 1989, bring your shovel.

    by Mark Allen on Jan 11, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply

  11. […] New York, which topped our list as one of the Nation’s worst weather cities, also tops the list of snowy cities, with an average of 126.3 inches per […]

    by 5 Snowiest Places in the U.S.: | redlegagenda on Dec 2, 2015 at 10:50 am Reply

  12. I have to agree with some of the others .. Oswego and Watertown even worse than Syracuse

    by MaryAnn on Oct 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm Reply

  13. Just moved from Syracuse, lived in Baldwinsville. Left there this passed August. Worst winters ever. As beautiful as it is up there just not worth the brutal winters. Enjoying the warmer weather in FL now.

    by MaryAnn on Oct 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm Reply

    • I just relocated to Florida from Connecticut also. I can’t wait for winter 😎

      by Lori M on Aug 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

  14. I have lived in Casper since the late seventies. Yes, we have wind, but as to snow I witnessed a blizzard while attending the University of Wyoming in 1978 that still makes me stop in wonder. As i recall the professionals said the true snowfall was only 11 inch, stating the wind carried the rest of what occurred off of the Laramie plains. As I sat in Crane Dorm I watched the handlebars of the bikes disappear. Then the cars in the parking lot, every one of them, disappeared. By morning the only thing visible in the lot was the top few inches of the walls of a home made pickup camper. In the dorm lobby we found truckers sleeping as they had left their rigs abandoned in the roads near the campus. I still recall how angry the student body was when the university refused to feed the truckers in the cafateria that served both Crane and Hill dorms. A friend and I made some good money when he and I were asked by the stranded drivers to visit a nearby “mom and Pop” grocery for supplies. God bless my Vermont Tubbs snowshoes and his cross-country skis. (As to the year it was either 77 or 78. Old timers you know.

    by william frazey on Oct 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm Reply

    • We got about 4 feet in Casper Palm Sunday weekend in 1973. My husband grew up in Casper & remembers it snowing on his birthday sleepover June 24th in the ’60’s.

      by Sharon on Aug 20, 2016 at 5:13 pm

  15. I was born in upper Michigan. Awesome place to live. 2 months of summer and 10 months of snow. …:)

    by Alina Vincent on Sep 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm Reply

  16. Why the hell does everyone skip Northern New York!!!???? The Tug Hill gets snowfalls in may over feet and feet!!! Syracuse is nothing. The thousand islands gets pounded with snow off lake Ontario and the cooollllddd northern winds from Canada that is only 10 miles away. Winter of 2014 the windchills were averaging -40 snow fell to about 12 feet on the tug hill why no one pays attention to the real northern new York!!??? We top the snowfall and cold. Everyone needs to research northern new Yorks winter weather. Plus it was proved Copenhagen New York top the snowfall this year on the tug hill with over 25 feet!!!! Syracuse and buffalo have nothing on us

    by David Morgan on Jun 14, 2015 at 12:27 am Reply

    • Because there are no cities in the north country with a pop of 50000 or greater. If you read the article that was the cutoff.

      by Et on Aug 17, 2016 at 4:25 am

  17. Why didn’t the snowiest city of the past 5 years or so make the cut?

    by Erie PA on Apr 21, 2015 at 6:58 pm Reply

    • You were not. Syraucse edged out worchester ma a winter back and took the golden snowball trophy for at least a decade back. This past winter was no snow at all. Never saw that in over 50 yrs in syracuse. Close but not cigar. Tust me why would you want that award? Cant wait to move to florida in my retirement

      by Et on Aug 17, 2016 at 4:27 am

  18. The winter of 2013/2014 was the coldest I’ve ever experienced in Duluth Minnesota..my car wouldn’t start,The heat was on 90 degrees and had the oven on 500..I still was was wearing two hoosies,winter hat ect..inside the house.Many people I talked to said their pipes burst in the house and there were cases of people who got hypothermia,one case of a umd college student who actually was outside all night and almost died..That was a brutal winter indeed.

    by James on Mar 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm Reply

  19. I didn’t see to much about Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the fair share of Lake Effect snow that Lake Michigan never does freeze over either due to it’s depths. Just as Cheez Head had said, “What about Green Bay WI?” The Frozen Tundra. However I KNOW Milwaukee is highly populated and does get it’s fair share of snow right into Waukesha County where I live with an estimated population over 100,00 now. Last year we were in such a cold winter I actually heard for the very first time in my life the word “Polar Vortex” in which right under Lake Michigan a great big hole opened up under the lake so big that you could actually drive buses through it. And they sure did! It was totally safe with that type of cold weather that we haven’t seen since the 1970’s. And I sure remember back then we had so much snow that even the dining room window had been totally covered. Now this window was very long and I’m not talking horizontially either. And that day I remember for the first time ever my Dad had to call into work and tell them he was totally snowed in. But as a kid, my best friend was dropped off by her Mom and we kept warm out side by digging tunnels through the entire yard and making all of these really neat mazes and small little rooms here and there. But we stayed out of the wind and that is what kept us warm, plus my Mom would have all her hand knitted mittens all ready to go as we switched them our every hour or so for nice warm and dry ones made of this very soft type of wool yarn she would get just for mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. But now that I’m older, and have some medical issues of some pretty major and auto immune varieties. I am and have been thinking of where I want to live out the rest of my life somewhere that is nice a mild but not humid at all! Just warm and dry and in the winter time I can handle temps of 50’s or even down to 40’s, but this very bitter cold has to go now. And I have been to AZ and yeah, it’s a dry heat and all, but as soon as you get into the A/C, you begin just dripping like all get up! And I had even been mentioned about Hawaii and even though it’s beautiful there. I don’t like bugs! Not at all! And when I hear stories of these huge centipedes that actually are as big as a snake with a bunch of arms that have pinchers on then, and then they will stand up on part of their body and hiss and spit at you! NO THANK YOU! And every home has COCKROACHES??!!??!! Are you kidding me? Well I guess, since it is the most tropical state out of all of them. But that’s one thing, and the humidity, but I hear with the ocean surrounding it, it’s really not that bad, all depending on where you live. And Florida is so out! Been there and done that too many times to count, when my Son was younger and did the whole theme park vacations. Now I could handle some of that humidity, but again it would not be that bad if I lived right in the ocean in a hut in Bora Bora, that would be my dream and I would die there with a smile on my face. That would be my very first choice, if I could afford it. But that’s one of the most expensive places to go out of all of the places to live and move. So, my choices would have to be either California or somewhere in Colorado where it’s mostly sunny all of the time. I really do not fancy being anywhere SE even though I do have family in NC. And would have a place to stay until I found my own. And would not be any hurry, because it’s a double wide trailer all furnished with everything I would need. So, I still have time, I’m not going anywhere while my Mom is still here! That’s the only thing keeping me here. My Son’s wife is and airline attendant, going for her pilots degree. So they can come and visit me any time. And my siblings for the most part have the money to visit as well. Ugh! Just cannot tolerate these very cold sub zero temps. And then to follow, the really hot and humid summers and the springs that cause so much flooding here, especially since I live near the Fox River and many lakes here in Wisconsin. I do and will admit, the fall is just breathtaking and the temps are utterly perfect with very mild weather and only a light jacket, like my CK short slicker is perfect and I wear it often in both the fall and the spring time. But by far, the fall is my favorite! And the colors is what I will miss in nature here. Other than that, there would be nothing else keeping me here any longer than my Mom right now. And I feel so blessed she is with me every day, no matter how badly I want to leave. That just won’t happen and I’m not even going to think of it in terms of setting that date while she’s still here. And when she want to talk about it, I just let her know I DON’T! I don’t know if and how I’m going to handle that very difficult day. And I’m going to stop right here, I want to get it out and off of my mind now. And @Cheez Head, I WILL ALWAYS be a true Packer Fan for the rest of my life! Have been since I was 7 years old. Was my Dad’s little Packer Buddy, had season tickets when he was alive, and even in Milwaukee! I don’t know how he did it, but there were many times he would get tickets @ The Vikings, @ The Lions, @ Da Bears (We used to have a standard Poodle named “Pretty Boy” and he would say to Pretty Boy, “What do the Bears do? Pretty Boy would lay down and play dead, lol! We would say “What do the Packers do? Pretty Boy would tackle you! Lol! He was a very smart dog! And my Dad was so allergic to other types of dogs and cats, so we always had poodles, until I was 16, he got me a German Shepherd! AND went in for these shots to desensitse himself from being allergic to him. And he trained him as my guard dog, and he surely was my dog in every way. but he did love my Dad only! Besides me of course. And one very special trip we did have was when we say the Packers play @ The Cowboys and they won that game. I knew everything there was to know about the game when I was so young. Both my Dad and my Brother’s would teach me, and once I got it down, I was hooked! Now I’m going through my yearly football with drawls 😛 . I wish Stadium Football would have taken off much better than it did, and was on the T.V. when it did. I have no idea what happened with that! But they are forever my team. Win or loose, I am fan no matter what. Just wanted you know that.

    by Jodi on Feb 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm Reply

  20. the wind in Casper, is so bad you cant even go too the store, without the wind ripping off your car door..

    by michael on Jan 19, 2015 at 7:59 am Reply

  21. Let me settle the debate once and for all. 1st, let me state that I live in buffalo, ny. While buffalo can definitely get pounded by lake effect snow, it doesn’t get pounded like Syracuse. The main reason why is buffalo gets its lake effect from lake Erie while Syracuse gets it from lake Ontario. Since lake Erie is much more shallow that Ontario, it allows the lake to freeze over. Once lake Erie is frozen, no more lake effect snow develops. So, while buffalo does get pounded in late December and January, it pretty much stops snowing after that. However, because lake Ontario never freezes, due to it depth, Syracuse gets a constant of lake effect snow all winter.

    by dave l on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm Reply

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  24. Watertown, NY aka Snowtown, USA should have made this list!!!! Watertown is north of Cuse!

    by Angel on Oct 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm Reply

  25. I’m surprised Buffalo, N.Y. isn’t on this list hmmmm I wonder why ?

    by Debbie 479 on Oct 26, 2014 at 7:34 am Reply

  26. Im from Duluth but live in Buffalo. Buffalo doesnt compare to Duluth with cold temps and snow. It doesnt help that Duluth is on a huge hill.

    by Jacob on Oct 26, 2014 at 6:14 am Reply

  27. I am celebrating Buffalo’s absence from the list because Western New Yorkers know how to turn winter into a positive. We ski … we skate … we sled and yes, we can conquer the worst snows Mother Nature sends us with good humor. Some comics and night show hosts might choose to mock the City of Good Neighbors but I will take a Buffalo winter any time …

    by Dave on Oct 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm Reply

  28. Why is Buffalo, NY not on the list? We have the worst winter weather, more than Syracuse, NY.

    by collene on Oct 25, 2014 at 9:41 am Reply

  29. Why do these stories always skip northern WI? I have been in WI 54 years. Central and northern for 15 of those years. This year I will be in a community that regularly experiences 8 feet of snow and temps down as cold as -35. I would much rather have snow and cold than the ice storms of the southern states. You can control travel on snow. On ice it is impossible. The cold doesn’t bother me – Marshfield experienced 12 days of wind chills at or below -70 in the late 1990’s. Yet we still had open schools and businesses. Here’s to my new home town of Mercer and their promise of last year’s May snow day with 11″ of snow.

    by Teacher Extraordinaire on Oct 25, 2014 at 6:49 am Reply

  30. I grew up in Buffalo and lived in Detroit for 12 years. Detroit winters are far more depressing, the total lack of sunshine. Combine the weather with the City of Detroit, and you’ve got a place that is most like Gotham City in the darkest of the Batman films.

    by Dan on Oct 25, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply

  31. sad premonition’s by Florida Orange grower’s!!!

    by JDF on Oct 25, 2014 at 12:36 am Reply

  32. Buffalo by far!!! We get all the lake effect right off the lake!

    by Emilye Rybarczyk on Oct 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm Reply

  33. How on Earth did we (Buffalo, NY) NOT make this list?

    by Diana on Oct 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply

  34. Buffalo NY. Blizzard of 77’… Snow storm of 00′ (7ft)… October Storm of 06′. Not to mention that the only seasons we experience are construction and winter. Living right off Lake Erie sure has its “perks”. & not even a top 5 spot?

    by Will on Oct 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm Reply

  35. Winter 2013-14 in Duluth, Minnesota was total unreal. We had 73 days of below zero temps, with many days not getting above zero. I however did enjoy the snow falls as Duluth is a amazing beauty. Skiers love it, and the Lake Superior nearly froze over. Bring on winter again it is awesome up here.

    by Robert Flick on Oct 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm Reply

  36. I lived in Siberacuse for 30 years. I has two seasons. The fourth of July and winter.

    by dave hunt on Oct 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm Reply

  37. There are only 2 Canadian cities (population over 100,000) that beat out Syracuse in snowfall. St. John’s, Newfoundland (1981-2010): 131.9 inches. Saguenay, Quebec: 126.6. Syracuse: 123.8.

    by RB on Oct 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm Reply

  38. There is only one city in Alaska (population over 50,000) and that is Anchorage (291,000). It’s average snowfall (1981-2010) is only 74.5 inches. The next largest Alaskan cities Fairbanks (31,000) & Juneau (31,000) averaged 65.0 and 69.8 inches respectively. Syracuse (population 144,000) averaged 123.8 inches (1981-2010), the most of any city in the USA not just the continental USA. Go ‘cuse!

    by RB on Oct 21, 2014 at 11:06 pm Reply

  39. On top of the cold and frigid temps in Duluth, MN, because of it’s hilly terrain, Duluth uses more salt on its roads per mile than any other city in the US, making for very rusty cars. I once had a 4 year old car with large rust holes through it. Any car over 15 years old has to be carefully checked underneath to make sure chunks of the frame aren’t missing from rust.

    by Jon on Oct 21, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply

  40. The study was for cities of 50,000 people or more. That qualifies Syracuse. Not Mexico, Oswego, and Oneonta.

    by Andrew on Oct 20, 2014 at 7:56 pm Reply

  41. Lol, Syracuse get’s 5″ of snow and they’re in a state of emergency… Certainly NOT the snowiest city, 40 miles north, here in Mexico, NY, we get about 5″ in a few hours. Oswego is the same way. What a joke, do your research!

    by AstoSoup on Oct 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm Reply

  42. I grew up and live in East Syracuse, so I have seen snow and cold, until I worked in Camden NY(the Tug Hill), I was working in Camden in the winter, when I noticed pick-up trucks with snowmobiles in the bed of the trucks, not on trailers. I asked the locals why they were doing that, the response was due to the snow, you drive in in the morning in your truck, the only way home the same day after work is by snowmobile! I’ve seen, what was a 45 min drive from East Syracuse in the am, turn into a 3 hr drive home in a white-out! Crazy!!!

    by Tom Sweeney on Oct 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm Reply

  43. For all of those speaking of Alaska, Minneapolis is colder than Anchorage, where most of the population lives. Fairbanks is the only colder major city.

    by Matt Sjerven on Oct 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm Reply

  44. Syracuse try living off the lake near oswego ny Syracuse gets 120 we are less than 30 miles from there we get over 300 every year called snow belt !!!!

    by Dana on Oct 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

  45. Haha, Duluthian here, those temperatures listed were very gracious high end numbers, pretty far from an actual average, this last winter was almost entirely below zero weather, got so cold the moisture from my breath froze my hair… like, coated in ice and breaking off, completely frozen

    by john on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm Reply

  46. Casper Wy wind is so so so bad!!! (Snow=Bad) (Wind=Evil) (Casper Wy=Hell!!!!!!!) Holy FUCK Just for fun I jumped off the back of my truck with an umbrella and took off 30 ft. No shit.

    by Jessie on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm Reply

  47. Try anywhere in North Dakota, last winter we were lucky to see positive temperatures, none of those descriptions seemed near that cold

    by Jonah D. Moore on Oct 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm Reply

  48. Casper wyoming is really not that bad. It maybe has one or two bad bad snow storms a year. And the temp is way different than what that thing says. But yeah. Windy as hell.

    by Aaron on Oct 19, 2014 at 8:16 pm Reply

  49. Was Alaska even considered here or do you not include us in the “United” States?

    by Marti on Oct 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm Reply

  50. Ever since the winter of 2009-2010, we have had either an usually snowy or snowless winter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In winter of 2014-2015, I hope this streak ends. The Norteast has already had its snowiest decade on record, which broke the record set back in the 1960s. The time that record was broken in the timeframe of December 2013-January 2014. Due to a Weak El Niño, the Southern Jet Stream gets suppressed instead of lime drawn up like in the Moderate or Strong El Niño. I have found historical trends that a Weak El Niño winter leads to more of a dry, and most oftenly, not as much of a snowy winter.

    by Peter Kane on Oct 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm Reply

  51. Oswego blizzard of 66 , 102 inches

    by ed on Oct 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm Reply

  52. if your checking upstate N Y you should list OSWEGO, N Y

    by Joe Rucynski on Oct 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply

  53. Live in South Park Co. Wonderful place to live. It’s not that cold here. It’s a banana belt so to speak. Not that much snow. Endless sunshine. It is cold in winter & some wind. Never more than minus 20 at night & always above zero in daytime. Cold is a dry cold so you don’t feel it as much. I grow my own food just fine & dandy. Strange that no one ever mentions much west of the Mississippi. Not so much traffic like it is in the East.

    by LyNel Gross on Oct 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm Reply

  54. Erie PA has led the nation in snowfall the past couple years. Not on the list.

    by Kevin on Oct 19, 2014 at 11:40 am Reply

  55. Live and Cleveland and Glad to see we made the list. The worst Winter I remember was the blizzard of 78. Have pictures somewhere of snow piled up on tree lawn 10 feet high.

    by Paul on Oct 19, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

  56. dads from saranac lake although I grew up in tennessee. I love visiting upstae NY- “Gods Country” and everyone is nice and congenial.
    After reading lots of posts about Syracuse I wonder, and for the record- I dispiise Al gore, it seems as though your fine city/state is exempt from global warming- I mean climate change.
    Lol ps: send some snow down this way!

    by Mike on Oct 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

  57. In a recent competition Tabernash CO and International Falls duked it out for title “Icebox of the Nation” and Tabernash CO is the official holder of that title, based on historical temperatures.

    by Thomas A Tompkins Sr on Oct 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply

  58. Obviously this is “Big Cities” because they didn’t include one of the worst. Ashtabula Ohio. March of 2004, we had green grass in Cleveland while Ashtabula had 47 inches of snow over night. Same goes for Buffalo that year and most, they had the same.

    by Kevin Dondrea on Oct 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm Reply

  59. At least some of the info on Casper WY is FALSE! Although it may snow at odd times. it doesn’t last. And I question the “average daily winter temperature”. One thing I love about Casper is that snow doesn’t last. The wind is usually a chinook, bringing above freezing temperatures. Yes, it snowed in September this year, but it was melting the next day and we’re back in the 70’s now, middle of October. I know climate change is a joke, because the climate is always changing everywhere!!!

    by captiria on Oct 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

  60. Casper has nothing on Laramie

    by Naheta on Oct 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm Reply

  61. we live in Indiana on the southern tip of Lake Michigan, when the jet stream blows down from Canada, there is NOTHING to slow it down, picks up moisture from the lake, and dumps on us, in more ways than one

    by Don on Oct 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm Reply

  62. Grew up in Port Byron and Auburn NY moved to S Fl in ’70’s. Back then, Fl was a nice place to live. Moved to Orlando area in ’90’s, big mistake. I now live in the mountains of NC but am moving back to Upstate next spring. Left Fl because of intense heat and humidity all year round now….there is no longer a balmy, cooler period for 5-6 months as there was in past. Leaving NC due to State becoming next Fl…..it’s much hotter here than Inthought in summer and way too humid….’70’s feels like ’80’s, etc…also tired of everything Southern….people, at least neighbors, are not friendly except to wave at you. The NC myth is alive and well! If I lived on coast or around Winston Salem, may be different but mountain towns are strange. I do love the fresh produce and rivers and preservation of faith and patriotism but it’s just not enough……very low paying jobs as well. Streets do not get plowed if they are not priority and last winter was very icey so at least I got a taste of winter driving again.

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  65. Here’s a scary story. In the 1991 Duluth was in the Halloween Megastorm where we had a 36.9 Minnesota record one time snow fall over a few days. A friend, my girlfriend and her dog, and I jumped in my 3/4 ton Ford and started off to visit my sister about 20 miles north on the highway. We stopped for fuel and I made the mistake of taking a strip of frontage road to get back on the highway and got buried. I told the two to stay in the truck and that I would walk the 3/4 mile or so remaining to my sisters to get a ride. The snow was coming down so hard I could not see the dirt road off the highway that my sister lived on, or barely make out the highway, but I knew I must have been close. At that point an SUV stopped with my girlfriend, friend and the dog. My friend and the dog jumped out, but the truck started taking off with my girlfriend and luckily I was able to grab her arm and pull her out as the truck sped away. We then realized we were right at the road my sister lived on and started the 1/4 mile or so walk to her house. It was getting dark and after several minutes we heard a snowmobile coming towards us fast from ahead. I. We were to the right shoulder but the dog was wandering. My girlfriend went to grab the dog and I again grabbed her and pulled her back and the snowmobile ran right over the dog who was about 9 years old. I picked up the poor limp thing and we walked the rest of the way through about 26″ of snow. Finally at my sister’s, we laid the dog down where it stayed motionless for many hours. The next day however, it stood up wobbling and eventually made a full recovery. We were snowed for 2 or three days. I learned it’s much better to stay home in a megastorm.

    by tyomies on Apr 16, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

  66. I’m on the hill in Duluth, at the tip of Lake Superior. The neighbor across the street had about 4-1/2 feet of dense compacted snow on her somewhat shallow pitched roof. I saw she had one fellow take a good swing at shoveling it off, he gave up, then another…and another. I’m in town and have a Case skid steer, lots of snow this year too, and another 6-11″ coming today, still in the +20’s, April 16.

    by tyomies on Apr 16, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

  67. Moved from central FL back to Baldwinsville (Syracuse) three times finally realizing that this is where my husband and I want to live and raise our kids. There is no perfect place but as crazy as it may seem to some, we’ll take Syracuse over Orlando any day of the week. There are a lot of great things to experience in Central NY.

    by MaryAnn on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm Reply

  68. Originally from Long Island, moved to FL. Met my husband in FL where we moved our family back and fourth three times from central FL (Orlando) to Syracuse. Took us a few times to know for sure but we realized Syracuse (Baldwinsville), is where we want to be raising our kids. Yea the winters are long and hard but is there any perfect place? NO. I’ll take Syracuse over Central Fl any day of the week.

    by MaryAnn on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm Reply

  69. I live in !Milwaukee these days, and I have to say that I am rather disappointed with the winter here. Sure it is cold and snowy(ish), but it never snows more than 5-6″ at a time so far. I used to live in Casper, WY and it used to really drop around there. I know that this article is little more than a peeing contest about who has it worse, but I can tell you than Wisconsin is not very bad at all. I am starting to miss the 10″ days, when the world gets all soft and quiet when the snow plows hang it up for the night. I used to love driving around in the deep snow late at night after everyone else had gone to bed. Everyone here is complaining about the snow today, and it stopped at 4.5″. I have just come to the conclusion that the Germans and Vikings that settled here were the complainers of the bunch, and their ancestors simply kicked them out of their old countries.

    by Tyler on Mar 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm Reply

  70. I live across the bay from Duluth in Superior, Wi. You cannot appreciate seeing a man with facial hair who has been working outside in the winter. Is it moisture or something else frozen under his nose. Shovel the sidewalk today and again in two days and again and again. Where are all of the kids that used to want to shovel your sidewalk for a few dollars. When the wife retires, Arizona here we come.

    by Dennis on Feb 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm Reply

  71. From what data there is on snowfall I can find, there’s three spots that stick out a lot: the western face of the Rainer mountain range in WA state (which looks to be really steep and not a place you can park a car), a relatively small spot on the western slopes of Mount Washington in NH (sort of the same situation), and even smaller spot about 40 miles northeast of Syracuse, NY on the Tug Hill Plateau (where some people actually live). I live about 25 miles north of Syracuse and I count on a “driving experience” every day I go to work in the winter. It seems that you tend to get better at it each year.

    by SteveCNY on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm Reply

  72. Thom from Duluth! You are absolutely right! But I’m not above leaving once a month in the winter. hahahaha.

    by Jo Ellen on Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply

  73. Oswego should definitely be número uno! 😉 We live in GA now due to work transfer, although I do miss the beauty of the snow falling. I love not having to shovel heavy snow, scraping ice off our windshields and bundling up with all those hats and coats for months! But it will always be home!

    by CBatemanWyatt on Jan 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply

  74. Lake Ontario controls the snow fall in upstate NY. The wind blows from the northwest to the south east 90 % of the winter. If you look at a map you will see that this directional path runs the length of Lake Ontario! On the eastern shore of Lake Ontario the Salmon river enters the lake at this point. Lake affect snow is incredible! It can drop five 6 feet of snow in a 24 hour period! And it has the ability to do this on a daily schedule! Thank God that it does not! ANyone that has never experienced a full snow winter season living in the snow belt of lake Ontario just cannot understand on how this constant dily snowfall can beat you down! Most winters the snow fall is not bad and the winters are ok, for the years that are above average the snow fall of 150, 175 , 200 inches of seasonable snowfall will wear you out! It will crush your spirit! I was born there and spent the first 40+ years of my life living in and around Pulaski NY and I grew to hate the snow! I left there in 1998 and I do not miss it a bit! I have many great friends living there along with my family! I visit them in the summer! I have experienced the cold of winter in the north west plains above the Dakotas and it is real cold there! There isn’t a lot of snow accumaltion as the constant wind keeps blowing it away! I just have grown to dislike the cold! For all of you that likes it, Go ahead and enjoy it! The snow belt of upstate NY is the worst place to spend winters period! So debate away!

    by JerryL. on Dec 27, 2013 at 6:39 am Reply

  75. most of you didnt read the article i see….people from oswego ny complaining about not being on the list or tug hill not being on the list….this is only for cities with a population over 50,000!! if they did every city in the US then no syracuse wouldnt even be on the list!! probably somewhere on tug hill would take the number 1 spot….im from phoenix NY and we get more snow than syracuse also….but with a very small population we cant be included either. Syracuse is just the city representing upstate new yorkers!! just as im sure there is windier cities than casper or colder cities than duluth but once again this survey is only for cities with a population over 50,000….using every city in the country would just be impossible…or at least take a ton of research!! lol and if alaska was used then this survey would only list cites in alaska!!! thats the coldest windiest snowiest place on earth!!

    by Corey on Dec 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

  76. I’m from Baldwinsville NY coach hockey and we play the snowbelt so I’m always playing our kids in Oswego, Clayton, Salmon River, Thousand Islands, Plattsburg, Clinton, Rome, etc, etc. It’s all the same to me Central NY East, West, and North of the Thruway. It is all snow and cold. Directly East of Lake Ontario usually gets the Brunt of the snowfall. Some years the wind blows NW to SE and then Syracuse does get more than the cities north of it. But it is mostly the eastern end of Ontario that gets the worst of it. And I’m driving in it every weekend, and love it. besides my 4 car driveway becomes a six car driveway after I get done shoveling.

    by ran on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:13 am Reply

  77. I am proud to be a Syracusan since birth . I would rather be here- than Hawaii, no offense. Nothing like skiing at Song Mountain, listening to Irish music at Colemans on a cold blustery night- or ice skating at Clinton Square, or taking a sleigh ride at Hyland forest- Go Cuse!!!

    by Eileen Popp on Dec 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

  78. As a true northern new yorker[BARNES CORNERS], Syracuse is a breeze compared to 300 inches plus We averaged when kids-50-60’s plus 54 below.Had snow on my b-day-july 2,1963. My brother already has 6 ft of snow this year and winter hasn’t set in yet. OFFICIALLY!

    by Harold Mundstock on Dec 18, 2013 at 2:02 am Reply

  79. Living in Buffalo NY. We are losing our image to other cities
    No more images of the imfamous blizzard of 1977
    Still cold. Snow belts south of me
    But to Duluth Syracuse and Motown we are now following their white path to oblivion

    by Jimmie on Dec 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm Reply

  80. All of the people asking about Alaska, the reason there are no cities from Alaska on this list or our Five Coldest Cities list is because the Farmers’ Almanac does not cover Alaska or Hawaii. All of these lists are for the continental U.S. If we included Alaska then Alaska would dominate all of both lists.

    by Jaime McLeod on Dec 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm Reply

  81. I live in a Syracuse suburb. For our population our weather is pretty harsh. We don’t have the cold of the Midwest though. I had to work outside in Monticello, Mn. with the temperature at -40° . Our diesel engine stopped working because the fuel gelled and clogged the filters. That was on a hydro laser that had trickling water freezing solid as it ran. That was far worse than the 36″ snow storms upstate N.Y. has on occasion.

    by Brianfromsyr on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm Reply

  82. I will take Syracuse winter and the AWESOME 4 seasons over stupid southern accents,bad schools,bugs,heat,humidity,tornados,hurricanes,floods,mudslides,droughts,forrest fires,lack of fresh water and HEAT any day.Gotta be hard nosed to live in these parts.Good riddens to the sissies that moved that couldn’t hack it.

    by CUSEBASKETBALL on Dec 17, 2013 at 4:00 am Reply

  83. So glad the nancy’s left Syracuse because they can’t hack it.Just weeding out the soft and weak.The people that fled the GREAT city of Syracuse will not be missed.I was born here and i will die here.No place i rather be.Jim Boeheim once was asked where he would love to retire to.He said Syracuse.Said Hawaii is Syracuse in the summer.LETS GO SYRACUSE BASKETBALL!!!PS:I. am proud we are number 1.

    by CUSEBASKETBALL on Dec 17, 2013 at 3:53 am Reply

  84. I drive from Potsdam through Syracuse and south almost monthly. The north country is freezing I’ll give you that but the winter storms are always worst around Syracuse. It was so bad you couldn’t see the obnoxious lights on the plows unless you were 10ft from them

    by Clarkson Student on Dec 16, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply

  85. I just left casper Wyoming about 5 months ago to Fort Collins Colorado. lived in Casper my whole life 20+ yrs.the wind and windchill there is more than you can even understand it cuts threw u like a knife

    by written on Dec 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

  86. Syracuse? Lol…must have been a writer from there…

    by bob on Dec 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm Reply

  87. To anyone who says where they live in Upstate New York is worse than Syracuse, you’re probably right! I live in Syracuse (yay… number one…) and I know that north of the NYS Thruway is far snowier; from my understanding, the Thruway acts as a “natural” barrier due to all of the heat it gives off. Regardless of the weather other New York communities may experience, these lists are usually comprised of cities with 100,000 or more residents. Oswego has 18,000; Fulton has not quite 12,000; and, if you want to talk about bad weather, Saranac Lake has only 5,000 residents. Syracuse, on the other hand, is home to 145,000, which is why Syracuse represents the Upstate New York as the city with the worst weather.

    by Cindy on Dec 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply

  88. I grew up in Syracuse. Spent a lot of time in Casper and lived in Williston, ND for a few years. Simply no place colder than NoDak or winder than Wyoming. I mean ridiculous windy. People have no idea how relentless it is. But Syracuse has the snow and lots of it. What Wyoming and North Dakota residents may not realize is how much worse it is when the humidity is as high as it is. Bottom line is we’re splitting hairs IMHO. I wouldn’t want to live in any of these places because the weather really is harsh. The responses that “we live here because it’s beautiful” seem a tad defensive because if it’s beauty you’re after there is so much beauty in this fine country, you simply need to get in the car and head out on a road trip. I live in Denver and as far as the weather goes I don’t think there is a better place anywhere. My caveat is I need to have 4 real seasons. Certainly eliminates the south as well as most of California.

    by Jim on Dec 15, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

  89. Syracuse only gets the recognition as it is the only city in upstate that is most recognizable to the rest of the States, why SU Sports. I moved from Upstate 7 years ago due to weather and work conditions, but trust me when I say that as a past resident of Fulton NY, Syracuse has nothing on many other cities within the Upstate area, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Pulaski, Minetto, Phoenix, and many more. But thanks anyway Syracuse for giving Upstate the recognition it deserves.

    by Tom Vono on Dec 15, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

  90. 40 miles north of Syracuse we average 250 inches of snow a year

    by joshski on Dec 15, 2013 at 5:04 am Reply

  91. Um has nobody been to Minot ND? LOL we haven’t been in the positives for quite some time now and last snow season (November-May) we had like 63″ of snowfall. -40 isn’t good enough to make the top 5? Haha

    by chelsey on Dec 15, 2013 at 2:57 am Reply

  92. People, catch a grip. If you live in a 50 mile radius of syracuse, you are getting ponded with snow. Oswego, baldwinsville, your getting it. Better yet, you live in Ny get the f over it! Its not a competition, this happens every year. Stop whining.

    by c walt on Dec 15, 2013 at 12:30 am Reply

  93. @Jaie johnson… sounds like you’re the whiner here… let’s make this a contest for who has the shittiest weather. -_- Syracuse is terrible, but some places are worse than others at times. Overall… Syracuse is clearly the top choice when it comes to bad weather.

    by heather on Dec 15, 2013 at 12:28 am Reply

  94. I live outside Toronto Ontario
    Canada. It has been snowing since last night and there us no end in sight.

    by Ashley on Dec 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm Reply

  95. I live just outside of Watertown, NY and we got a few feet of snow last night, which is average for us. Way more snow and gloom than Syracuse ever gets!

    by Amber on Dec 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

  96. Nashville, Tn. Not bitter cold, not much snow, but 33 degree temperature and rain downpour means misery. About every 2-3 days at a time.

    by john on Dec 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm Reply

  97. Syracuse is snowy but no one seems to mind it, s u basketball takes care of passing the time …Oswego is nice but the wind off the lake makes you shutter… I also lived in Watertown and it was as I recall really cold less snow but freaking cold…. People are nice upstate and seasons change in a flash…. Summers were humid and little sunshine…. I moved to Long Island 40 years ago during the winter and thought I moved to Florida if it snows 2 inches here it’s a calamity almost like when I lived in Georgia ….

    by Marty on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply

  98. Casper is not the snowiest city in Wyoming.. Try LANDER WY….
    ABOUT 100 IN A YEAR AVG. RIGHT AT THE FOOT OF
    THE ROCKIES !!!

    by plainswarrior on Dec 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm Reply

  99. Do you guys ever consider Alaska in these things? If you’re going to consider Detroit because its lack of daylight, you need to reconsider. Up here in Fairbanks, we have about 4 hours of non-darkness, right now. Plus, we get down to -50 sometimes -60. 😉

    by Christyn Vincent on Dec 14, 2013 at 4:23 pm Reply

  100. I grew up around fargo north dakota and am now living in Bismarck. You wanna talk about cold? Just a couple days ago we had negative 20s with 50 below wind chill. We get a ton of snow. It may not b as much as some places but the wind here is horrible. I love it here though. Its beautiful and the people r very friendly. I have met so many people from other places with crazy winters but even they say up here with the wind chill it is the worst and coldest they have expirienced. If you arent ready for it its a shocker. One downer is our springs which have been filled with floods from the melting snow. I still will never leave though.

    by Brittany on Dec 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm Reply

  101. Minnesota is the most bewitchingly beautiful state in the United States. Winter in Duluth is an absolute joy, and if you have never experienced it, you really haven’t lived.

    by Thom on Dec 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

  102. I moved south and would not go back. Its the grey and gloom that gets me not the snow and cold. put a sun belt over syracuse and I would come back.

    by Dave on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

  103. Sorry, but Oswego, about 45 minutes NORTH of Syracuse is also a city, and gets far worse than Syracuse, they’re just bigger whiners. Watertown NY, also a city, gets far worse than Syracuse. Try again.

    by Jaie Johnson on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

  104. CNY and NNY def deserve that recognition…. (When you walk through the freshly fallen show and have to hold your arms up because the snow is up to your chest and you are 5′ 10″) Yup, that’s Winter here in CNY!! That’s the definition of “snowbelt”!!

    by Dina on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

  105. I grew up in Syracuse and moved to the great state of Texas in 1979. No regrets. Great weather, pro-business, no income taxes warm weather, liberals are in the minority not the majority, attractive women. God Bless Texas! NY sucks!

    by Mike Males on Dec 14, 2013 at 10:38 am Reply

  106. Syracuse, NY weather describes ALL of upstate NY!!!! Tug Hill NY is MUCH WORSE than Syracuse! They just got 5 ft dumped on them!

    by Amanda on Dec 14, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

  107. Duluth….I love it here and will never leave. Yeah it gets cold, but you learn to adapt.

    by Dawn Johnson on Dec 14, 2013 at 8:38 am Reply

  108. I understand the population rule for 50,000+, problem is Syracuse get’s all the fame of being the snowiest city in New York and it’s a joke. Born and raised in Oswego, New York population 18,500 – 42 miles north of Syracuse, and we easily get 150 + inches of snow each winter. On occasion we’ve topped 200+ inches of snow. We get record breaking snow storms thanks to lake effect. Syracuse doesn’t. I worked for 3 years as a bus driver in the city of Syracuse and the drive to work from Oswego was hell, up until you reach Clay, then it’s sunny skies and little to no snow. If you wanna see a real snow storm, visit Oswego in January.

    by T.Cahill on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:46 am Reply

  109. I live in Oswego NY and yes we get a ton of snow but there is nothing more mesmerizing than fluffy lake effect snow flakes. It’s like living in a snow globe. If you love it you stay and if you hate it you leave. It’s not for everyone but it’s definitely for me. There is nothing better than a homemade ice rink or going sledding with a bonfire to keep you warm. Hot chocolate wouldn’t go well on the beach. Nope, I’ll stay right here!

    by Michele O on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:45 am Reply

  110. Syracuse sucks all the way around !!!

    by tv on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:26 am Reply

  111. North of Syracuse like Tug Hill, Redfield aka the snow belt gets more than us. So why don’t these cities get the recognition they deserve. We get about the 117-120 per winter on average but these cities get more

    by bill on Dec 14, 2013 at 12:01 am Reply

  112. I’ll tell ya what. I was born in raised in Syracuse..when I was 20 I moved to central Florida. I think the 4 seasons beats out the one green season of Florida. No hurricanes, bugs, or the most uncomfortable humidty. Palm trees are nice. But there is NOTHiING as beautiful as the fall foliage and the fresh air. Upstate new York is absoloutely beautiful. And as for the snow part, I never remember winters being that long. It comes and it melts. Not to mention everything in the spring time. God why don’t I just move back already ha ha

    by lala on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm Reply

  113. I’ll take the snow any day over hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, wildfires or tornadoes. CLEVELAND ROCKS!!!!!!!!

    by Shawn on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm Reply

  114. Sorry to say but 9 months out of the year new York is the most beautiful place to live..the other 3 months we have Syracuse basketball

    by Matt G on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply

  115. I live where the yearly average is 72 with over 300 sunny days 🙂
    The mountains live in harmony with Palm trees. Never snows but I could drive to world class skiing in under 3 hours. No snakes roaches or even Mosquitos.
    Rains in winter a bit.
    Lived all over before I found a heaven I never knew existed in the US.
    Good luck friends <3

    by Roxy on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm Reply

  116. Did anyone from the Farmer’s Almanac actually visit Syracuse. Winter does not last from October until April. Most of the snow hits north of the Thruway, not in Syracuse. But, we do get snow, we handle it well and it eventually melts. What we don’t get are tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and forest fires.

    by Nancy on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm Reply

  117. I have lived in Duluth for 5 years now, and it’s hands down, by far the best place i’ve ever lived! The winters can be brutal, but you just have to know how to dress for them and drive in them. One thing I love about it is the abundance of natural beauty, living so close to the water, and having so many outdoor activities to do, year round. I even love the hills, it’s gives the town character, and has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets i’ve seen. The unemployment rate is currently less than the state and national average, and our mayor is just another joe-schmo when you see him out and about. LOVE THIS CITY!

    by DulHtr on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

  118. Syracuse is a really nice place to be from.

    by Little Joe on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm Reply

  119. Smiling… In Wyoming only Cheyenne & Casper have a population of over 50,000. The cold & the snow depth is not as much as many places in Wyoming. The frequent wind is a big factor as then there are more ground blizzards. When WYDOT advises no light truck trailers & high profile vehicles there is a good reason because they are prone to blowing over & it happens often. Big Wonderful Wyoming is God’s Country & a great state. Please don’t move here but visit often!

    by Wyoming Lady on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply

  120. Yeah for Syracuse! Number 1 in everything!

    by Sheila Goodfellow Vester on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm Reply

  121. live in east syracuse ,ny .went to florida with husband ,when he died came back to enjoy the snow ,no hurricanes no air conditioning all year long, no bugs that bite you like red ants do ,freindly people, when i get real old i will have a choice of living here or going back to fl where other son lives in my right mind i pick syracuse every time

    by sharon johnson on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm Reply

  122. I was born and raised in Syracuse, N,Y.and as a child I loved the winter and the snow. It was during the blizzard of 1993 that I realized I didn’t have to live like this any more. I have since moved south and love the heat and sunshine

    by Debbie on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply

  123. I lived in Casper for years. While yes the wind is HORRENDOUS– adding to the intensity of snow and cold, Casper has everything in it’s soul, people, and beauty to make up for it! Beautiful, historic, friendly, up and coming–you can ski closebym or go enjoy music and arts through the college. Here’s to Casper Wyoming!!

    by cyndie on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm Reply

  124. I lived in Casper for 5 years and agree the winters are terrible. The wind blows ALL the time. However, I love the summer months! Best summers of anywhere I have ever lived, and it was almost worth having to put up with the winters.

    by Rhonda on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

  125. I will take snowy winters over tornadoes, and earthquakes any day. At least I know my home will still be there when I get home. I’ll have to shovel, but, it will still be standing.

    by cmc on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm Reply

  126. Cortland NY. It’s redic here.

    by Megan on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm Reply

  127. P.S did i mention lake affect dumped over 6 feet of snow in my yard in 4 days a few years back lol

    by syr ny chad on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm Reply

  128. I have lived in and around Syracuse NY all my life . Right now i live about 30 min north of syr in Fulton NY. Syracuse gets 120 inches of snow but up this way it is more like 150 to 200 inches. all things considered, i hate winter !!! i move snow from October to the end of April, but i must admit the summers here are beautiful. The northeaster snow storms are cake compared to the lake affect snow. lake affect snow is relentless, we even get lake affect rain at times threw the year. Ontario and lake Erie hammer us constantly. there is definitely a lot of fun in the snow here. unfortunately i rather look at it than play in it now. im getting older it hurts my bones. Well gotta go shovel and snow blow . take care.

    by syr ny chad on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:05 pm Reply

  129. Come on people Casper is not nearly as bad other places in Wyoming or a lot of areas around the country. Have lived here most of my life. Yes it blows but the sky is blue most of the time and we only get 12 to 14 inches of moisture per year.

    by Ron j on Dec 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply

  130. Moved from Syracuse 3 months ago to Maryland for husbands job. I’d go back to Syracuse in a heartbeat!

    by Gianine on Dec 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm Reply

  131. Who ever said casper should be #1 has not lived in syracuse, ny. It’s gloomy, cold (5 degrees.tonight) and windy. Granted not windy like I hear casper is, but it makes up with snow. Lots and lots of snow. Icky, slippery, cold snow. I’d rather deal with wind!

    by jp on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply

  132. looks like it took 3 years for this story to make it to Syracuse. Who says CNY is behind the times.

    by Finky on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply

  133. I live near Syracuse, and if you don’t like snow you will be miserable here. But the changing seasons keep me here. I know I appreciate the summer months with longer days where I can actually go outside, as opposed to some of my southern family members who stay indoors when the days are long…. but, my comment is to Tom Brady , comment#15: Being next to the lake would make you warmer, not colder. That is why there is lake effect there and east of Lake Ontario as the wind blows. But you are right, you do tend to get more snow in Oswego and through the snow belt, but none of those towns exceed 50,000 people , and is why Syracuse receives the #1 spot in this article.

    by NetJD on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm Reply

  134. I think the rest of the country looks at Syracuse as an area rather than the actual city. So I would take in consideration the upstate areas near and around Syracuse as being part of the survey. It is definitely agreed that the areas north of Syracuse are definitely worse in the winter.

    by STaylor on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply

  135. It’s snowing as I write this. I live in Syracuse. I don’t mind if we’re #1 in basketball, but I hate snow. After this school year, I’m heading south in search of sun and warmth. I never want to bundle up again nor do I want to shovel. I’m am already looking into places to work in Florida. My mother says every place has it’s weather problems, but I’ll take too much heat over too much snow anyway.

    by Susan M. on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

  136. A balmy 15 degrees my windows down the crisp fresh air filling my lungs as I drive home from work, Yes you can never feel any more alive, I love Syracuse. And remember Zombies cant move in freezing temperatures.

    by Celt on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm Reply

  137. Gotta love being number 1

    by Linda osborne on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply

  138. I moved to Oswego in 71 in Feb. The first 3 days it snowed 88 inches. They asked ‘How can you live in Ca with earthquakes?’ I reached for the sky and asked them ‘How can you live in snow 7 feet deep?’ When given the opportunity, I moved back to CA and said never again will I live where snow accumulates. 40 years later. I now live in the mountains near Yosemite.And yes we get snow. Go figure. Love where you live and live where yiu love!

    by Sam P on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm Reply

  139. I LOVE Duluth, but as one of the commenters above said, it’s really the hill that kills you. Cold temps and lake effect snow aside, even the typical thaw and freeze of winter is scary when you are going down a hill that makes a Black Diamond at a ski resort look easy. Especially when you are trying to drive up it in a car. Sliding back down in reverse is even scarier when you hit the brakes and your car just keeps on sliding. I actually lived on the hill with the largest grade in Duluth for a year. Every morning we would pray that there wasn’t someone at the intersection at the bottom of the hill just in case we slid through, which we did a lot. Here’s an article about some of the worst hills in Duluth. http://attic.areavoices.com/2012/04/09/the-steepest-streets-in-duluth/

    by Georgie Girl on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm Reply

  140. Myself and my whole family has been born and raised in north Osceola New York talk about snow take a drive up there and u will see some snow I have seen many times with snow up to the telephone wires no lie talk about snow storms cold frigged days and nights if U have never been up to north Osceola ny then u have never seen anything like it before take a drive up there if u really want to see what winter is all about

    by Maci on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm Reply

  141. Lived there for Many years go cuse but always loved hot weather loved it growing up but had to mover to a hotter climate and wow I did sc

    by r coufal on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

  142. To Michelle & comment #9. Go ahead & please leave. Duluth is one of the best cities in the nation. The quality of life here is second to none. Taxes? Yawn, there are far worse places to live tax-wise. City streets? Get over it, what do you expect from a city on the side of hill where most streets have to be built on bed rock? How can city government be a failure while the Mayor has an 87% approval rating?

    With the parks & trails, quality of life, safe drinking water, safe neighborhoods, happy & friendly neighbors, good schools, top rate hospitals, and some of the cleanest air in the world you cannot beat this town – so what if its a little chilly at times, the only way you can hate this town is if you hate the outdoors – in which case you should have left a long time ago.

    by JCBT on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm Reply

  143. Syracuse, New York has the SU Orange basketball team to watch all winter long.

    GO SU ORANGE!
    GO BUFFALO BILLS!

    by SUOrangeBuffaloBills on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

  144. I see some of you didn’t read the article very well. It says with a population of OVER 50,000. We (Syracuse) are over 50,000 and we are well aware of the snowfall accumulations of our neighbors north of us (Tug hill and Oswego) however, they are very small compared to us.

    by Debbie Clemeno on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm Reply

  145. Living in Syracuse all my life, this comes as no suprise..It is pretty the first few times it snows that it just get boring..

    by stacey Fitzgerald on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply

  146. I’ve moved a lot. Born and raised in Syracuse (Go Orange!), then Boston, New York, Philly, Denver, and now Santa Cruz, CA. Syracuse was a great place to grow up, at least in part because I didn’t know any better. If you like a winter with lots of sun but also a lot of snow, Denver is the place. On the other hand, now I wake up to “another day in paradise” every day. No snow ever, mild temperature, some fog, and yes, the occasional earthquake. But it’s worth it,

    by steves on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

  147. Have lived all my life in Syracuse and the weather is worse than ever even the summers are mostly cloudy. I agree is many grumpy people here asap my fsmily will be heading south and never looking back!!!!! Travelling has helped make iv bearable but enough is enough!

    by Shelley on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

  148. Born & raised in Cuse, went to college there… And then promptly moved out to Los Angeles. I have to say, I’d much rather have three occasional 30-second earthquake than months and months of snow and cold, and mudslides aren’t a problem unless you live in Malibu or the hills (ie, Bel Air), which you have to be very rich to do. And the only fires that threaten property inside the city can only happen in the hills, too. (seriously, rich people. I will never understand why they have the money to live anywhere but decide to go live in the most disaster prone locations in the county) That said, the driving conditions in LA in the witter can get pretty tough because despite the fact that we get several months of rain a year, the locals completely forget how to drive in it after only a couple weeks of nice weather. And upstate NY has all those little, cheap ski resorts – a single day lift ticket to big bear or mammoth costs as much as an entire season pass to one of those places!

    by Rachel M Noble on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm Reply

  149. It’s funny that Syracuse takes the first. Syracuse isn’t bad. Oswego New York is worse, but Syracuse steals it because they are bigger than Oswego. Oswego gets more snow and the temperatures are muh colder because they are right on the lake. Syracuse is just a big bully an steals it from Oswego!!!!!!

    by Tom Brady on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply

  150. cant touch syracuse we get on avg 120in oswego blows us out of the water but they dont fit the description need to have atleast 100k population

    by PHIL on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

  151. I live in Duluth. …. it is AWFUL. born and raised here still doesn’t make it easy or tolerable. Taxes are horrid, roads are not maintained and city government is a failure. I stay for my daughter or I would be gone! Seasons change and are beautiful no matter where you live.

    by michelle on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

  152. for those who think Oswego is worse the Syr, the poll was taken for Worst Winter Weather…NOT most snow fall or what not. Syr can go weeks in gray and no sun. Oswego actually only goes days. (if I remember right) would I ‘want’ to go to SUNY-O?…I think NOT. i spent some time playing there w friends in college, worst asthma attack I had was walking from the dorms back to parking lot, in a lake affect blizzard…FOR MY INHALER!

    by Teri on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:42 am Reply

  153. Moved away moved back in ’06 and now I moved again to a warmer area. Its not the cold and snow it’s the grey and glom that will get you. My good friend is a pharmacist, and told me cny has the highest level of people on anti depressant medications. Go figure !! Get out while you can

    by Dave on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:20 am Reply

  154. Actually the Tug Hill area is NY gets it the worst in the winter. They get snow first and they get a ton of it. Although Fulton and Oswego get it really bad. Syracuse doesn’t get it nearly as bad as these other areas. Just something to consider.

    by Jeri on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

  155. Born and raised in Duluth MN. Winters here always beautiful. They are also very dangerous with the windchills plummeting to 40 degrees below zero and winds that cut through your coat right to the bone. When I was a kid,(many years ago) the snowfalls measured by the foot, not inches like nowadays. They would pile up past the big picture window of the house. After shoveling off the roof, you could just step up onto the roof from the snow banks. The snow plows would leave banks 1/2 way up the telephone poles. Truly amazing “Frozen Northland” great for Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Snowmobiling, Sledding, etc…just have fun and dress appropriately.

    by Lisa on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:14 am Reply

  156. Syracuse is a great place to live even in the winter. You get used to the snow and cold, no earthquakes tornadoes or mudslides. The driving is good if you take your time and not speed. Syracuse is a great place to raise a family, lots of winter sports available for everyone. The spring, summer and autumn are awesome. So if you are considering a move to Syracuse do not let the winter be a concern to you or your family.

    by Patrick Cregan on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:13 am Reply

  157. Oswego does not have a population over 50,000. Read the article!

    by mike d on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:06 am Reply

  158. HELLO, the City of Syracuse,NY doesn’t get half as much as the city and county of Oswego,NY. Let’s put us on that list! Not that I’m bragging, I only like snow for Christmas.

    by Deb Carroll Joice on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

  159. are you kidding Alaska and Montana did even get on the list,go live in -67 then put this list together….

    by Debbie Hall on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:55 am Reply

  160. Live in Syracuse, and like the winter. But for the record, it’s not colder than other places like Pittsburgh or Chicago. We’re planting zone 5A, which is the same as Des Moines, Iowa, and warmer than a ton of Midwestern cities. Our thing is just Lake Effect snow. Light fluffy stuff produced by the humidifier to the north and west, Lake Ontario. It’s much easier to shovel than the Nor’easter snows that hit the east coast, and almost always miss us. Others have traffic, earthquakes, droughts. We have snow — I’ll take it.

    by Cmruddy on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

  161. I have lived in Syracuse almost my whole life, and we look at winter differently than most. The picture at the top of the page, for instance. Here, we would just consider that a “dusting” of snow. Many cities would be paralyzed by it.

    by Brian on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

  162. Hello, Syracuse,NY doesn’t get it half as bad as the City and County of Oswego, NY. We need to be put on that list!

    by Deb Carroll Joice on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

  163. Been to all of the above and live in Fairbanks, Alaska you have no idea…

    by Maddy on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

  164. I live in “Number 2”, Duluth, Minnesota. The thrust of your article is ALL wrong. We love and embrace Winter in northeastern Minnesota. I’ve been Nordic skiing every day this week on beautiful snow trails that twist through snow encrusted pines. After a ski if conditions are right, I head down to the shores of Lake Superior to photograph the Northern Lights flickering out over the lake. Worst … No! Best … Absolutely Yes! If interested, you can link to my blog and see some pictures I recently took along the North Shore. http://www.northstarnerd.org/

    by Rich Hoeg on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

  165. Duluth winters are beautiful. Cold & snowy, yes, but beautiful. Spring is dismal, cold, windy, snowy. Summer temps are about 10 degrees cooler than Mpls. Some people like that, I don’t like the cooler summers. The Duluth area is so beautiful, that it’s an ok trade off to have cooler weather, and a bad spring. Autumn is out of this world beautiful, as is winter.

    by Ann on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

  166. Born and raised in Syracuse and the winters are precisely why I moved to Florida in 97. I was at the beach last weekend, will be at the beach this weekend and almost every weekend all year long! Don’t miss the sliding, shoveling, scraping or bundling at all. Snow is beautiful on TV.

    by Sandy on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

  167. i was born and raised here in Syracuse, NY and have lived in Oswego ny and other places just moved back here from Chattanooga tn cause i missed the winters up here Chattanooga has nothing as far as winter goes they get a dusting and the whole city shuts down unlike us cuse clan we are a hardy bunch and can take anything the winter throws at us

    by chris gordon on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

  168. Watertown, NY. 8 months of winter. 4 months of poor ski conditions.

    by RJ on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

  169. Living in MN for 12 years (and Chicago for 5 yrs before that) taught me to LOVE winter.

    by The Warming House on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

  170. Well, I was born and raised in Syracuse and as I type this on December 12 it is about 20 degrees and gloomy and snowing and with the windchill it feels a lot colder….I know this because I just walked the dog and froze! By mid January everyone is pretty grumpy, we haven’t seen much sun in almost 3 months and it is only going to get worse and everyone knows it!! It’s called light-deprivation therapy folks and I think it was invented just for Syracusans…..

    by Ellen Obrist on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:39 am Reply

  171. How about going 2 and 1/2 hours directly north of Syracuse, Oswego and literally any other town you could think of in New York. Yes, Plattsburgh included. Basically, Canada. Much more worse than Syracuse since its not really plowed.. the easiest way of transportation are snowmobiles.

    by NOCO on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:38 am Reply

  172. home town is syracuse ny,,moved away in 84,,sure i may miss the snow,,lol naw i dont,,i do miss the fall tho,,i have been home a few times during the winter,,loved it,,but i sure dont miss it,,ya’ll stay warm

    by terrie van slyke on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

  173. I got one word for you all “OSWEGO” haha.. it trumps all

    by Greg on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

  174. Syracuse New York is where I live and Been rasied most of all my life.I lovvvvvvvvvve when it snows.I just don’t like my NationGrid Bill.lol If you no what I mean.Be Bless….

    by Lisa m johnson on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07 am Reply

  175. Grew up in Syracuse and hated it. Precisely the reason I moved to the best and most underrated city in the country, Pittsburgh. We get all four seasons and limited snow. Absolutely love it here and would never go back to the snow capital.

    by Timmy on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

  176. It’s your attitude that makes or breaks whether you like something. I love Casper. In general the wind blows in the winter mostly when the warmer temps are moving in or have moved in. Give me 20 degrees and no wind in winter. I accept the wind and deal with it cuz I like other things about Casper. Change your attitude and everything around you changes!

    by Sarah on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

  177. I now live in Albany, grew up in Pulaski, then moved to Buffalo to go to school. I’ll take Albany’s winters thank you

    by starr on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

  178. I live in Oswego, about 45 north of Syracuse. Our “snow birds” over winter in Syracuse, famed for its relatively mild and almost snow free winters.(Compared to Oswego, Buffalo gets the fame and we get the snow.)

    by Jimnpat Cavell on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:59 am Reply

  179. Syracuse… where the leaves are off the trees longer than they are on.

    by Sandy on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

  180. Lived in Cleveland for 7 years and played golf 11 months out of the year multiple years. Currently live in Syracuse, which has been home on and off for me since 1979 and we never get more than 8 months of golf. Cleveland’s worst winter days are common in Syracuse. Also flew in and out of Duluth to work in northern MN for a year. Uh, Syracuse, you don’t want any of that.

    by theultrarev on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

  181. Unfortunately, I have lived in many of the Northeast places you described above, born and raised in Syracuse, lived in Albany, now live in Saratoga and went to school in Cleveland. Nothing compares to a Syracuse winter, and I mean that in the worst way possible. We typically average more snowfall per year than Anchorage, Alaska and it is cloudy almost every day in the winter, cue seasonal depression. My first winter in Cleveland I remember thinking to myself, it’s so much sunnier here in the winter, this is great. My parents call me in Saratoga to tell me about the foot of snow they just got while I scoff and say, no snow here. The only upside to this snow nonsense is that 1. I can out-drive any non-CNYer in any blizzard 2. NY state is VERY proactive about their snow removal, something Ohio and PA were awful at (I-90 Erie corridor of death, anyone?), and 3. Lake Effect, b*tch. There was a reason they chose to set the movie Snowday in Syracuse, because it is the epitome of winter, something I personally dispise from January through the beginning of May.

    by Kate on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:28 am Reply

  182. I currently live in Syracuse born and raised here. I have in the past moved several times. I have lived in Las Vegas , Holbrook Long Island, New Orleans. Well let me tell you I would rather live with the Winter here than to deal with the Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Water droughts, the nasty insects (ones I have never even seen or heard of before), Alligators, Scorpions, Red ants….etc ! There is nothing like “The Four Seasons” here. Totally beautiful !!! There is from my travels no place quite like Syracuse NY. I “LOVE” it here …it is “HOME” ! The weather truthfully is not that bad we do not get all of that snow overnight it mostly comes in little spurts melts and goes away. Every city I have lived in has had their weather problems that you choose to live with and Syracuse has the least amount of weather related problems ! That is why I choose Syracuse NY to live in !!!!!

    by Elisa C. on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:27 am Reply

  183. I live in Syracuse but have been to all the cities listed at different times of winter. All have terrible weather but the worst was Duluth. Living in Syracuse, yes we have 125 0r so inches of snow a year but I grew up in the mountains of .where that was normal and it stayed on the ground there where here it comes and goes. Syracuse is rarely white from December to March. Dismal and gray yes, cold yes, but in Duluth you have cold with a wet lake wind that will absolutely go through your body and every you are wearing. is.cold and miserable up there. Syracuse has become my home and it is nice a city but as for miserable winter just go north of it 30 miles and you then have total snow misery. I have seen 9 feet of snow in peoples front yard and friends have had to use second story windows to get out of their houses. And this happened one year three times.

    by bob on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

  184. Born in Syracuse raised in many places but returned to the Cuse for High School years. Yes Syracuse has earned their number one ranking. Loved my time there and now as I reside in the city of Baltimore all it takes is the threat of snow to freak the people here out and Lord help you if the weather man is actually right when he calls for snow. It only took one snowfall here to see why people call them Baltimorons when they drive in the snow

    by Fredd Garvinn on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

  185. Nobody mentioned North Pole ALASKA!!!

    I guess they were to afraid to come here as well!

    You don’t even want to know how much our fuel bill or electric bill are in a year with sometimes 9 months of Winter! Compared to temps sometimes as low as -50 or -60, you people have it easy!!!

    Ever had square tires or had to breath at those temps is ridiculous!

    There’s a reason people are “tougher in Alaska”!

    by Brad Hoff on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

  186. For all the New Yorkers mentioning the many CNY towns,the article speaks of Syracuse because it’s the metro area of CNY, but many towns surrounding Syracuse experience the harsh Winters of Upstate,NY. I have lived in many towns throughout Central NY in my 42 years born and raised here. I have to say, living in Brewerton/Central Square NY, as well as any town/city North of Brewerton, we are right in the Lake Ontario snow belt! Like Eric said in a previous comment, I have to agree, you don’t have to shovel your “freezing cold temperatures”! Our lake effect snow storms alone, are down right overwhelming! I would much rather have a white Christmas and the beauty of the changing seasons that we get to appreciate up here! We New Yorkers can handle anything, if we can trudge through numerous feet of snow! Although we have very hot summers too, I really wouldn’t enjoy constant humid heat that the Southern states get, or the dry heat waves that take your breath away out West! Upstate/Central New York is known for the beautiful colors of the changing seasons!!! 🙂

    by KittiKat on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:54 am Reply

  187. Lived in Syracuse all my life but got to travel all around the country through work. Winter can be cold with snow and a little long for some (you’ll love it if you are into winter sports and we have the best drivers around) but you cannot beat our Spring, Summer and Fall! The natural beauty of this area cannot be beat. Go ‘Cuse!

    by TG on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:47 am Reply

  188. A lot of people mention other places that have bad winters , but they wouldn’t be considered “cities” …..I am glad i live in syracuse –snow and cold –yes but hardly ever see hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes or sinkholes! Pretty sure I will find my house where it was when I left it . Thank you very much….

    by paul on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:44 am Reply

  189. Trust me, Syracuse owns that spot for a reason… I’m moving.

    by Don on Dec 13, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

  190. Born and raised in Syracuse!!! And while I don’t miss 9 months of winter… There is NO place like the Cuse!!!

    by Alicia on Dec 13, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

  191. I live in Cicero, 7 miles from Syracuse North and yes , its is the snowest city. But we are lucky we do not live north as they get hammered. We have 6 months of winter.
    But we were born and raised here and family is here. Welcome to Syracuse NY

    by mary on Dec 13, 2013 at 6:25 am Reply

  192. No surprise there! Syracuse tops the list and we all say “let’s stay up around here” October to April? Try September to May sometime June. These subzero temps can go not counting the windchill on top. Stupid lake effect everything. Currently 7 degrees and dropping with over a foot on its way.

    by Natalie Kio on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:07 am Reply

  193. I grew up in Duluth. Totally miserable winters. In 1991, Duluth got 48 inches of snow on Halloween. Brutally cold temperatures. NOOOOO fun at all.

    by Chris on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:52 am Reply

  194. I livr in syracuse and it is bullshit moved down south 2times myrtle beach and tampa and somehow end up n ack up here I hate the snow I think cuz I live here tonight we are going to get 12-24 inches really hope everyone who likes snow enjous it I hate it if u love snow move here u will hate it

    by rob on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:20 am Reply

  195. @Pam, actually that sounds really boring, lol. Truly you have NEVER experienced winter, only little hikes the mountains to skii and make a little fire.

    by bob on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:49 am Reply

  196. Born and raised and still here in Duluth, Mn. Yes very cold and even more so recently with it -30*. I have seen it all from the blizzard in Oct. 1997 and still we went Trick or Treating in waist deep snow. To the ice storm that had everything down for days. Crazy fun though when you can actually play in it with out losing a few toes. Lol.

    by Natalie V. on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:20 am Reply

  197. haha, one word… alaska

    by eskimo jo on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:58 am Reply

  198. I once drove on I-25 and saw 8 semi trucks blown over in Wyoming. By far the windiest place in the US.

    by Tjam on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:08 am Reply

  199. I am from Casper born and raised! It is the worst! Small town with small town people. Extreamly short summers very long winters! If your a car person this is the worst state. The wind is horrible! I have driven down the road holding my steering wheel 90 degrees to the right. If you have Ä«never experienced this before you have no clue what wind is. Simi trucks flipped over all over the place its a common occurrence there. And yes I did used to play that little WYO wind game which is fun when your a kid. But I’ll tell you that wind is awful on your hair and skin. The snow is horrible too and not to mention the bitter temperatures. To get a snow day at school or work it had to be -30 + with blizzard snow and over 3 feet on the ground already. Try learning how to drive it that at 16 not to mention the wind with that. O and once it snows the wind picks up and blows it into a drift zof over 10 feet that youbare just not gettng through. And all of that snow shloving and removal is not worth the nice things that are in wyoming.I have since moved away lived in Il/Mo and Tx since than and I’ll tell you what they think 2 inches is bad in Il and the most wind they get is a gust of 30mph they have no clue how to deal with it and everyone is freaking out and there are so many accidents over nothing because they have no clue how to deal with it. Its worse in Texas too here they get a tiny bit of ice and they open red cross shelters across the town just in case. They have the total of 2 snowplows and litterly half an inch of ice or snow shuts down the city. The stores look like the end of the world is coming every shelf is empty. The coldest it has gotten here in Texas is 20 degrees. These people have it good. In my option hit weather is better than cold or windy any day of the week. In my opinion Wyoming is better seen in the mid summer on a vacation. The only thing I miss about Casper is the beautiful mountain backdrop. Other than that no thanks!

    by nst on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:04 am Reply

  200. I just moved to Cleveland. Everyone was asking me if I was ready for the snow. I usually just responded “I’m from Syracuse, NY” and they would somehow understand.

    by Drew on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:46 am Reply

  201. funny no matter how much snow comes down 36 inches in one weekend…never missed day of work in Syracuse NY..true about the sunshine…funny it can below zero but if the sun is out it feels like a heatwave!…lol

    by Annie on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:37 am Reply

  202. You people are nuts. I live in Syracuse and what you don’t realize is we have thaws thru out the winter so even though it seems like a lot of inches of snow …it melts somewhat between snow storms so the accumulation isn’t that bad. and neither are the storms.

    by Judi on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:30 am Reply

  203. SANDY CREEK/REDFIELD/ORWELL 140 inches or more most winters…

    by Angela on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm Reply

  204. The only reason Duluth, Mn, didn’t beat out Syracuse, NY, was because the writer was too afraid to go there and check it out himself! Ha!

    by Dorothy Korpela on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm Reply

  205. Actually due to the effect of Lake Superior Duluth is usually somewhat warmer than the rest of northern Minnesota.It is snowy and icy and beautiful, but not as cold as some of the rest of us. Bemidji, International Falls, Roseau, and especially Embarrass, MN all can legitimately claim to be the Icebox of the Nation…

    by Alice on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm Reply

  206. I’ve lived outside of Syracuse, NY all of my life, and this is spot on. At the moment it is 3 degrees out there, and of course, snowing. :p

    by Justina on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm Reply

  207. Seriously Syracuse is #1? I WHOLE HEARTEDLY disagree… I was raised here, came home when my marriage feel apart, am raising 2 beautiful boys here. Yeah the sun hibernates a lot of winter… But no way are we the worst.

    by Jenn on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:19 pm Reply

  208. Alamosa, CO. Come on! It’s colder here than Alaska most days! Sadly, we are to small to be recognized for surviving the bitter cold but, we spend most of the winter in long johns and down comforters, sitting next to our space heaters with our hair dryers pointed at the pipes.

    by Callie on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:35 pm Reply

  209. Lived in the Cuse for over 48 years. It’s home. Love the seasons and we have had some rough winters some not so rough. We know how to dress in it, drive in it, and 6 inches of snow is a joke to us as we watch other cities close down when they get an inch. We have the most beautiful fall and we appreciate summer. Sorry I just don’t buy its the worst winter weather.

    by Go Cuse on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm Reply

  210. Iam from syracuse and you are so accurate

    by john gay on Dec 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm Reply

  211. Syracuse winters are much worse than Anchorage winters. Fairbanks isn’t on the list because it only has 32K residents.

    by Nanook on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm Reply

  212. Lake Effect Snow…..SYRACUSE YA’ALL!!!!!!!!

    by Lake Effect on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm Reply

  213. What about the Upper Peninsula?

    by Jennifer on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply

  214. I lived in WYO from 1978-1992 and then moved to Louisiana thentaxes and then back to louisiana damn I miss the snow in Casper Wyoming and yes the one that made the comment about a wyomingites going through a hurricane that Katrina and Rita

    by Dean on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm Reply

  215. I have lived all over Wyoming and personally I think Laramie is much worse in the winter than Casper!

    by mtngirl on Dec 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply

  216. Katie, I have lived in Casper for almost 40 years. I never remember it blowing 120. FYI wind is measured in mph not degrees and a barometer measures barometric pressure an anemometer measures wind speed.

    by Sam on Dec 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

  217. Well, I have lived in Wyoming most of my life and have worked all over WY, ND, MT, etc. I think ND has some of the coldest temps when I have been there in the winter, but never have experienced the wind chill levels like I have in WY. Casper somehow made the list, but it isn’t even the worst weather town/city in Wyoming. I have traveled many places across the US for work, and experienced many different types of winter. However I have never seen anything like Wyoming. The wind doesn’t blow like it any where else in the country. That’s what gets ya. I haven’t ever counted but I know that probably 5 of 7 days each week in the winter and the summer both the electronic warning signs are on with the Sustained wind 35 mph + with gusts exceeding 50 mph. So take that -20 F temp and add a 35 mph wind and it feels like -55 F. There is one thing that is true for Wyoming, I have seen people come from Canada, Minnesota, up state NY, Alaska, etc. who all claim to have the worst winters and then leave within two years because of nothing more than our winter wind.

    by TJ on Dec 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

  218. Something often overlooked in these lists is driving conditions. Cold and snow bring challenges to the roadways. How do you make snowy roads more challenging? ADD HILLS! All of these cities are relatively flat except Duluth, Mn. There is over 800ft of elevation change within the city. Sometimes called the ‘San Francisco of the Midwest!’ Some of the hills in the downtown area exceed 20% grade. Also, the ‘big pond’ we’re next to changes our weather extremely quickly. The wind can change direction and the temperature can drop 40+ degrees in a heart beat. I’ve lived in several cold cities, but Duluth’s driving conditions makes it the harshest in my opinion!

    by BobC on Dec 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply

  219. From Casper Wyoming, live it, love it. It Takes a strong person to live in wyoming. Wouldn’t have it any other way

    by KrisTeena R Baker on Dec 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm Reply

  220. Casper should be number 1 !

    by Cbeyer on Dec 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply

  221. I lived in Casper for 30 years. I loved it and hated it. I remember going for a walk (my husband’s idea) when the temperature hovered around zero and the wind blew at 30-40 mph.
    It got so cold that my nose ran and formed icicles hanging off my nose. I live in Arizona now and while I miss a lot about Wyoming, I don’t miss the winters.

    by Vera on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

  222. Live in Casper now. Was in the subzero teens for about a week or wo. It’s 40 degrees today and feels like a heat wave! But of course it’s Windy!

    by Michelle R on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

  223. If Casper Wyoming is 2nd on the list than I believe I can hang anywhere. You have to some kind of wussy to think Casper is one of the worst.

    by Cathywildwest on Dec 12, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

  224. From Casper, Wyoming. During the winter the wind can blow gusts up to 70mph. When the wind stops, it snows and snows. Then the wind blows and blows. Just this last couple weeks when there was a break in the wind, temperatures dropped to -29°F windchill -40°F. Personally I would rather have wyoming wind than negative temperatures! When I was in grade school, walking home from school the wind had once picked me up and I fell pretty hard. A normal grade school activity in Wyoming was to run to the fields, un zip our coats and lean into the wind. The wind would keep us up for awhile and seemed like we could fly :). Im sure just like in big cities it is normal to go to sleep to traffic noises and other city sounds.. in Wyoming we go to sleep to the sound of wind! We normally DO NOT get snow days here, couple feet of snow. Thats just normal and the city will not shut down no matter the snow. I say bring on the zombie apocalypse, they wouldnt make it a day here! Happy holidays!

    by Megan on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

  225. I was born and raised and currently live in Casper, Wyoming. The cold weather and wind make it a tough place to live, but I have to say I love it, many of the pioneers left because of the wind, many people today still cannot stand it.

    by Veronica White on Dec 12, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

  226. I hate Casper Wyoming! I was born there and it still sucks! You can’t even take your.children out unless you all Want the flu for a week….it’s miserable, cold, windy, BORING as Hell and the.people are rude…I’ve never been happier since we.left!!!

    by jenn l on Dec 12, 2013 at 1:16 am Reply

  227. I want to tell you the weather is horrible and stay away from Casper, WY but I’m a terrible liar…love this town, best place to raise kids 🙂 Stay away anyway- we want it to stay small!

    by Amber Remington on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:32 am Reply

  228. If anything they really down played the Casper Wyoming wind. Just the other day it was-20 with 90 mph gusts. And it gets “worse” in January. Humidity and cold are terrible. Wind in my opinion is worse. I have a feeling this is why there is no people out here really lol.

    by josh on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:09 am Reply

  229. I grew up in Cleveland…I miss the snow!

    by Dan Kitinoja on Nov 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply

  230. well i hv to say ive lived in 27 states in my 54 yrs im not sorry for any of it but ive always seemed to come home to the place i was born and raised…a beautiful place called cicero new york on the wonderful shores of oneida lake winter spring summer and fall theres always something going on with some of the most friendly people in the world luv upstate xxxx

    by susan on Oct 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm Reply

  231. All I have to say is Fulton NY!!! Forget about it!!!!!!!!!

    by chuck on Oct 9, 2013 at 6:33 pm Reply

  232. Parish, NY resident here. Come up here to the Tug Hill Plateau. Back in 2007 we had over 130 inches of snow in 10 days. There were many times heading into work to syracuse that I would leave the house and drive through 3-4 feet of snow on the roadways plus snow falling at 5-8 inches per hour at the same time. Then you’d get just south of Central Square and it’d be clear as day.

    by Chris D on Jul 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply

  233. It’s -13f (-24c) and with the wind factor it feels like -36f (-38c) in montreal….

    by jenn on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:35 am Reply

  234. Ahh…all of your comments about the coldness of the North and Mid-Eastern states makes me appreciate my beautiful San Joaquin Valley of Central California all the more! We have about two weeks of 20-30 degree nights during the winter, sometimes it snows & hails when it rains but very seldom, and the winter middays hover around 60. Guess what? We can take a 45 minute drive TO the snow for downhill skiing, sledding, cross-country skiing, hot chocolate in front of the huge fires at the lodges (especially in Yosemite)…then drive home and OUT of the snow & freezing cold. If it gets too cold we can drive to So Cal for warm sunny beaches. Winter only lasts about 3 months in the Valley then we burst wide open with gorgeous green Spring full of flowers & blossoms! Summers are wonderful for swimming, camping, hiking and the wonderful warm weather usually lasts from April to October. We have 3 months of Fall. This year it was warm on Thanksgiving Day! Yeah…I’m a California gal—all my life, and I will never move.

    by Pam on Jan 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

  235. I have lived in Casper, WY most of my life, and aside from the constant and ever-present wind, we love it. The wind is awful, though. It actually tore the wall off our barn and blew it an acre away, over a barbed wire fence onto neighboring land. I’ve seen it blow semis off the interstate. I would rather have the wind than all the over-crowded cities in the world, though.

    by Erin S. on Jan 8, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

  236. As for wind, and in considering it effects, you have not seen the wind blow until you have experienced it south of Cheyenne, Wyoming along the Interstate 25 corridor. I spent two years 26 miles south of Cheyenne superintending the steel erection on a coal fired powerhouse. I had the best raising gang I ever encountered in my career and thanks to them we got the job completed. The day after a blow at Rawhide there was literally nothing on the ground under the size of pea gravel and some of it was gone. I once drove I 25 south and stopped counting the overturned semi’s at 15… there were more. An employee opened the door to my pickup, the door was bent forward against the front fender and the windshield “went to Nebraska”. so to speak. I am sure the wind blows harder somewhere on this earth, but I for one ain’t going there to find out. Anyone that spent those two years there remembers… right Doug?

    Mike

    by michael Bragg on Dec 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm Reply

  237. The wind stopped blowing once in Wyoming and we all fell down. LOL
    I love Wyo!

    by Uwe on Dec 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm Reply

  238. I live in Central Square (20 mins north of Syracuse) and I love the change of seasons here, there is nothing better than an a foot of snow coming down and sitting in front of a roaring fire sipping hot chocolate. Try that in Dallas! When the sun shines, its a blessing and it lifts your spirits and brightens everyone’s mood. I lived in Southern California after college, boring, everyday is sunny, it gets old. Here is an adventure and besides after global warming kills all your awesome places to live, we will be just perfect! Our plow people teach other cities how to get rid of snow and our local drivers could be ice racers! Bring on the snow baby.

    by Tweed on Dec 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm Reply

  239. I know that the cold and snow can be horrible in many places in the lower 48. I am not about to comment that we have the worst winters, I just know from my experience, Wyoming winters are harsh, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! I complain just like most of us who live in Casper. But it truly has it beautiful moments too. We have always joked that if the wind stopped blowing here we would all fall over, and it’s about the truth. The wind makes the cold so much more bitter and harsh. But I think any Wyomingite could hold their own in any hurricane, lol. I love Wyoming.

    by Stephanie H on Dec 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

  240. I miss Wyoming n the weather

    by auna on Dec 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply

  241. Wyo girl here… Yep it’s cold and windy for most of the year!! Wouldn’t trade it for anything 🙂

    by Lisa on Dec 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm Reply

  242. I’ve lived in Casper 32 years & have to agree with the wind part. When you’re driving straight forward but have to have your steering wheel turned full 1/4 or more just to continue going straight, you know it’s windy! And forget keeping a decent hairstyle!

    by Suzee on Dec 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm Reply

  243. The description of Syracuse winters is fairly accurate, but it didn’t mention the dreaded lake effect snows … a band of heavy, wet snow that blows in off the lakes (Ontario or Erie, take your pick) and can pile up pretty quickly. I remember it coming down a the rate of a foot an hour for an entire afternoon and my mom sent me out on a futile mission to shovel the driveway. I turned around to go back inside when I’d finished and found the driveway was already covered again! A couple of skiiers passed by and said they were headed to the grocery store before it (and the roads) closed, and could they get us anything? They came back with milk, bread and eggs … which was great because the roads ended up being closed for three days so the plows could come in. And that’s nothing compared to places like Mexico and Redfield, just north of Syracuse – they got over 12 feet of snow in a week a few years ago!

    by scoobie doo on Dec 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm Reply

  244. I’m 34 and lived all my life in south Louisiana. We have 12 months of summer lol! We might get 15 days a year of 25-30 degrees. Me and my family hate the heat. We have to move to Casper Wyoming in November for my job. What can I aspect? I love the cold!

    by Mark on Aug 3, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

  245. Its true about Detroit or eastern MI its really cloudy alot and depressing I want to move back to OKC.

    by motorhead on May 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm Reply

  246. I moved to Casper, Wyoming for a job and it is by far the most miserable place I have ever spent a winter. The wind basically blows 25-30 mph sustained for nearly 6 months straight. I had to buy an Arctic expedition-weight parka just to spend time outdoors in the winter. And I never even owned a scarf before I moved here! If the economy didn’t suck so bad I would be working and living someplace else. As soon as I retire I’m out of here and I’ll collect my substantial Wyoming state employee pension in someplace warm and sunny!

    by Lynn on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:41 am Reply

  247. Syracuse new york is the super bowl of snow as far as cities go with populations of 100,000 or more. Syracuse averages 121 inches of snow a season. thats our average not our all time high. right now syracuse is on top in the golden snow globe contest with 50 inches of snow. anchorage alaska sits at 25 inches of snow and minot north dakota isn’t even in the top 10. Minot north dakota only averages 40 inches of snow a season with a population of 36,000. you people say what about this place what about that place, this place is colder that place is colder, so than all I got to say is what about Oswego county? Mexico new york, Parish new york, Pulaski new york, REDFIELD NEW YORK-142 inches of snow in less than a week! sure there are places that are colder than Syracuse new york but c’mon people you dont have to shovel cold out of your driveway or off of your roof!

    by Eric on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm Reply

  248. Casper is cold but the wind blows off the show and the chinooks warm things up.
    The beautiful clear days looking over mountain vistas seem to warm it up over those winter days.

    by Sheila McHattie on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:29 am Reply

  249. I grew up in Bismarck, ND, moved to Butte, MT and then Casper, Wyoming. Bismarck has way more snow, Butte is far colder. Casper has more wind. All three have long winters.

    by Robert Schulz on Nov 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm Reply

  250. I was born and raised just up the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, in Two Harbors. Left home in 1960, making 1959 my last winter in Minnesota. Until Now. I decided I wanted to spend a winter in Duluth so I am housesitting for my sister and am looking forward to taking a lot of great photographs of my favorite Winter Wonderland. Have snug, warm house with a nice picture window for watching the storms. Let it Snow!

    by Carol D on Nov 16, 2010 at 12:12 am Reply

  251. If you like weather extremes, come to Wyoming. We probably get hurricane force winds more often than Florida, as much snow as Buffalo, as cold as Alaska, and as hot Arizona, all in one day. Awesome and beautiful!!

    by Brian on Nov 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm Reply

  252. I ran from the Syracuse area as soon as I finished college. I know many up there love the winter activity, but I am not one of them. I enjoy having the war stories of growing up in Oswego County winters, but I’m not up for creating any more.

    by Elliepants on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm Reply

  253. Casper is cold, bitter and unbearably windy. I love it, keeps that population in check! Lol! You Wyomingites know what I’m talking about!

    by SeanB on Nov 11, 2010 at 12:55 am Reply

  254. I will never forget a snow storm dumped 68 inches in 48 hrs in the town of montague,ny. Which is 30 minutes north of syracuse,ny. This was following a noreaster and was just lake effect snow! Thanks for the sympathy, John

    by john sprague on Nov 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm Reply

  255. I guess most of the snow and temps we are used to(that’s if you grew up here)I have to admit we all become a little grumpy here in the winter because of the lack of sun in Syracuse.But instead of complaining most of us Syracusans embrace the time of year..there are so many things to do..ice skating…skiing…Winter fest..Poker run..snowmobiling….Hockey..also it gives time for families to be together….In my years and years of living here.I dont think I ever missed a day of work … .While other cities get 3 or 4 inches of snow and consider it a Blizzard..we consider that JUST a Dusting…Shoveling is a pain in the Butt but White Christmases are Beautiful!!!

    by Ann on Oct 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm Reply

  256. I lived in duluth my whole life and I will 100 percent agree…but love it! It’s not winter until your nostrils freeze together!

    by Stephanie on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:17 pm Reply

  257. I have to agree with Katie. We had a 3 day blizzard come in and our wind gauge clocked 126 mph, average speed for the 3 days was 96.6 mph. We live where you can get snowed in for weeks. Really different after New Orleans.

    by Suzi on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm Reply

  258. Very glad to hear from those from Syracuse who love the snow because you can ski, snow shoe, sled, whatever and have fun, instead of being gloomy about it. See you at Tog!

    by Rich on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm Reply

  259. Hi K,
    The Farmers’ Almanac only covers the continental United States. We have a separate edition for Canada, but Alaska and Hawaii are not covered in any edition. This list only includes cities within the lower 48 and, as other readers have pointed out below, with populations over 50,000. While there are many locations throughout the continental U.S. that are colder or have more snow than those listed here, we made a conscious decision to include only significant population centers within our normal coverage area.

    by Jaime McLeod on Sep 16, 2010 at 7:42 am Reply

  260. What about Fairbanks Alaska Valdez Alaska, and Anchorage Alaksa. This list is bogus. Fairbanks rugularly hits -40 F, and Valdez measures snowfall in the feet. Anchorage isn’t as bad as either of the 2 previous. If this is the kind of list Farmers Almanac puts together, I wouldn’t trust anything in the book.

    by K on Sep 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm Reply

  261. @KDK
    No kidding with Minot! I’m a Wyoming native, and I now live in Grand Forks. I’d choose Wyoming winters over North Dakota winters any day! Grand Forks spends most of it’s winter (at least 6 months of it) with wind chills averaging -45. It’s usually -30 ambient November- March.

    by Tina on Sep 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm Reply

  262. I came from WV, never owned boots, had maybe 6-8″s of snow a yr. I’ve been in Syracuse 48yrs. Dont mind the snow as long as the plows come through. We could use more sun but I hate the 90 degree days, would much rather have it 30 -80 degrees all the time. “Where would that be?)

    by Winnie on Sep 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm Reply

  263. I live in Casper, and I grew up in Minot. Yep, Minot is MUCH worse in the winter. At least in Casper we can go enjoy the winter up on the mountain, amazing Nordic trails, as well as downhill skiing, and snowmobiling.

    by KDK on Sep 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm Reply

  264. As someone who lives in Cleveland, I would agree that our winter weather is not great, but I don’t really get why we’re on this list. Although, I’m originally from Moscow, Russia so maybe my perception is skewed. :/

    by Mariya on Sep 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm Reply

  265. LOL! It appears that many people apparently don’t know how to read AND comprehend. But, what else is new? As it was stated in the article, THEY LIMITED THEIR PICKS to a population of 50,000 people or more. Therefore, their “Top 10 List” will NOT include MOST of the places that have much worse winter weather. DUH!!!! Yes, that also makes their top 10 picks very pointless. But, that’s just how it is. All I can say is that if you don’t like the snow and cold, move south and quit yer bitchin’. LOL!

    I’m from upstate NYS, and if the taxes didn’t bleed us dry so very badly, I’d honestly have to say that this may very well be one of the best places to live in the USA (pertaining to our overall moderate weather climate and beautiful seasonal changes).

    But alas, state and property taxes have basically destroyed this state. Honestly, I’m not sure how much longer we can afford to live here. Been 35 years thus far, and over-taxation has only gotten worse. With the terrible economy, everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – has gotten more expensive, and wages have absolutely not kept up. Additionally, many jobs here pay well below national averages, as I’ve found in recent research. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still getting by – but barely.

    by AJ on Sep 12, 2010 at 9:27 am Reply

  266. Yay for Casper. I knew I had a reason for complaining about the obnoxiously short summers.

    by Christen on Sep 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm Reply

  267. that and the plows here in syracuse make all the others look like an an f150. oh yeah, cause thats what alot of places use…. the highway plows they send down 81 are ridiculous. however the salt is terrible for the vehicles.

    by Bobby on Sep 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm Reply

  268. I used to call syracuse home,graduated from liverpool h.s. froze teaching skiing for many years.I live at Lake Tahoe now ,still teaching skiing.Much more snow,500 plus inches a year,nowhere near as cold and miserable,almost cloudless skies everyday.Powder not Ice!!!!!Dont miss those weeks of sub-zero temperatures…..

    by baron on Sep 11, 2010 at 12:21 pm Reply

  269. The wind in Casper Wyoming is way worse than 60 degrees on average, last winter our barometer clocked out at 120 mph and we don’t know how hard it was really blowing because our barometer stops at 120 mph. That same winter our neighbors windows were broken out on the west side of their house due to the wind picking up rocks. It’s way worse than the article says.

    by Katie on Sep 11, 2010 at 2:09 am Reply

  270. I grew up in Red Creek (about 45 mins west of Syracuse & 7 miles from Lake Ontario) which is notorious for it’s Lake Effect snowfall… My father worked in Syracuse for 35 years and I went to college for 3 in East Syracuse at LeMoyne. I’m still in the area and can vouch for the long winter, cold temperatures, high snowfall and especially the 1/3 amount of sunshine during Jan, Feb & March. This probably is one of the reasons why so many Central New Yorkers are due for babies in August, September & October! But, I love it anyways because when Spring, Summer & Fall hit, Syracuse & CNY truly has all four seasons. Upstate New York is beautiful!

    by Mary on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm Reply

  271. Shame on you for saying such negative things about Buffalo. I grew up there and lived there for 46 years before “retiring” to Florida. Like anywhere, it has it’s good and bad points. But it’s my home town and it’s offensive to read such nasty comments. I hope you are happy wherever you are now.

    by Elkay 310 on Sep 10, 2010 at 9:21 am Reply

  272. Yea I remember jumping of the second story of my house in syracuse with no worries about breaking any bones due to the immense snow fall

    by tb on Sep 10, 2010 at 8:56 am Reply

  273. Buffalo NY. Worst jobmarket, worst weather,( summer and winter), worst economy, worst people. Calls itself “city of good neighbors”. Worst lie.

    by Roberta Trask on Sep 10, 2010 at 8:43 am Reply

  274. Read the entire article before you suggest other places. “We set a limit of a population of at least 50,000 people.”

    by Amy on Sep 10, 2010 at 8:41 am Reply

  275. Yup, try anywhere in Oswego County (I’m in Mexico). We make it to national news pretty much every year.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17042993/

    by Teri on Sep 10, 2010 at 8:24 am Reply

  276. What about Columbus, OH? I lived there for 9 years and every single winter got worse. Then after 6-8 months of never ending snow and cold you have a cold and rainy summer, another topic but none the less a miserable city.

    by JG on Sep 10, 2010 at 6:19 am Reply

  277. whoever did this has no idea what winter is. i live in minot, north dakota. i went to school in syracuse. syracuse was tropical in comparison

    by F on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm Reply

  278. Syracuse is a 4 season wonder place…..I wonder why the seasons are 3/1 cold, cold,cold and warm…..but I still love this city! We are a hardy breed with warm hearts.

    by margaret on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm Reply

  279. I have lived in Casper, Wyoming, for most of my life, and we often joke that summer here is on June 17th, and there are no springs or autumns. Winters here are cold, harsh, and fierce. However, they also have beautiful moments; like when the frost paints the trees with a diamond sheen that catches every particle of light within a mile, and when the air is so cold and still you can hear a horse snort in the barn 200 feet away. If you’re not a cold weather person, I’d suggest another address, but even if you aren’t, sometimes those early morning moments make the fact that your nose hairs are frozen, worth it after all.

    by Julie on Sep 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm Reply

  280. Clearly the person who wrote this does not partake in winter sports. I love Syracuse winters. Turn on the snow machine, Mama wants to ski.

    by kristin on Sep 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm Reply

  281. I grew up in Syracuse and went to college in Potsdam, NY (It’s a few minutes from the Canadian border). I think Potsdam is 10x worse than Syracuse in the winter. It seems most of the winter the college would have metal advisories because the wind chill would be -40 (during the day) and if you wore earrings or metal necklaces you most certainly would get frost bite. The cold was such a shock that if I went outside in the winter with wet hair, it would turn solid and then break off if I wasn’t careful. I don’t even want to mention what that cold would do to my snot in my nose. It was painful and bloody.

    by V on Sep 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm Reply

  282. Water crisis, we have no water crisis, why because it snows here in the winter and rains in the Spring. In the end water is our most valuable resource.

    by Ken on Sep 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm Reply

  283. Alright, Oneonta? I was raised in Syracuse and oddly enough schooled for 4 years in Oneonta… Dude, imagine that 4 feet of snow lasting from Oct-April. But not just that, 4 feet of snow, that half melts, that then refreezes, that gets even more snow on top of it. It’s almost near impossible to shovel.

    To Cuse’ credit: The snow plow system/road salting is efficient and they have it down to a science.

    by Jim C on Sep 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm Reply

  284. Cold and snow is what we are known for in Minnesota. It snows from Mid Oct to Mid April, and genearlly teases us with flakes in Sep and May. With that said, we can have snow on the ground and freezing temps for over 8 months of the year….

    by Paul on Sep 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm Reply

  285. Anybody ever hear of Fargo? No other description needed . . .

    by Paul R. on Sep 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm Reply

  286. Jean Shepard should not have been using the defrosters on his windshield during the Wyoming blizzard, as this allows the windshield to more easily ice up. Better to keep the windshield as cold as possible to allow the wipers to more easily sweep the snow off.

    by Eric on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:49 am Reply

  287. As the title didn’t mention coldest cities in the USA how about a city that makes all of these look tropical? Yakutsk, Siberia! With a record low of – 83.9 F !!

    by Bob on Sep 9, 2010 at 2:02 am Reply

  288. Oneonta, NY has also had is’s share of very nasty weather.A few years ago we had a very bad snow storm on Christmas Day {4feet in my front yard)

    by Teri C. on Sep 8, 2010 at 9:48 am Reply

  289. Funny, this sounds like Utica, New York to me. Both cities do have a lot of good things going on but you did describe the winter correctly. Guess you have to love it to live there.

    by Carol on Sep 8, 2010 at 9:01 am Reply

  290. What about Green Bay WI? You know, the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers play football in single-digit tempatures.

    by Cheez Head on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm Reply

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