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How bad is winter - update?
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posted 1/5/2018
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I came across an article that ranks each of the 50 states in terms of how nasty the winters are. I can say 2 things about it. 1). I told you Michigan was horrible and 2). At least I don't live in Minnesota.

How bad is it where you live? As I write this it is -5F out there and I might go for a short ride, but maybe not.

The article is below but please be warned that it contains adult language.

www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/states-with-the-worst-winters-worst-us-states-for-winter
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posted 1/5/2018
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Pretty rough here in Phoenix, had to ride home last night at 10:30 pm, in 60 degree weather conditions. Currently, it's 79 degrees.

BTW, I was born and raised in Illinois, and have lived in northern Minnesota, northeast Nevada, northern Idaho, and northeast Washington. I have winter camped in negative 40 degrees, on frozen lakes with 3 feet thick ice. So I know cold.

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posted 1/5/2018
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Last 2 mornings have been chilly, I let it warm up to high 30's before going out, didn't want to go out in the 20's.

I don't have all the warm gear, and even if I did, I'd have to take a big bag to stuff all the clothes in when it warmed up.
-- posted by hairykiwi


lol on that it hasn't been in the 30's here for a week. Record colds here and with the wind gusts anywhere from 25-35 mph the wind chill has been down to the single digits. I try and stay positive. Erie Pa. had 54" of snow I believe on Christmas day and 62" or something like that over a 4 day period They get what you call the Lake Effect snow and already have 106" for the month of December. I think we are in for a rough winter here. The local creeks are frozen over which I haven't seen in quite some time. The ski resorts are luvin it and I did like skiing.

Zman

On another note some of the towns I see as the coldest in the nation I haven't seen this year. International Falls MN Cupcake Montana and Sioux Falls SD or ND


The lights just went out briefly here 3 times yikes.
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posted 1/6/2018
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There's bad and there's bad. Temps have been great this year...averaging in the 40's with sunshine and not much sneau. The bad news is, yesterday the inversion layer (ugly yellow polluted air) was so bad you couldn't see the tops of the mountains and we were still breathing it 6000 feet up. I averaged 11 mph on a ride where we're generally going 16-20 mph because we just couldn't breathe.

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No winter here. It's the dry season here on the north edge of South Florida.

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No winter here. It's the dry season here on the north edge of South Florida.
-- posted by 67walkon
Please keep it that way because I'm heading down in a couple of weeks for a bit of an extended stay.

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No winter here. It's the dry season here on the north edge of South Florida.
-- posted by 67walkon
Please keep it that way because I'm heading down in a couple of weeks for a bit of an extended stay.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


If you are out in Citrus county, you will get some chilly mornings, but should be OK in the afternoons.

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No winter here. It's the dry season here on the north edge of South Florida.
-- posted by 67walkon
Please keep it that way because I'm heading down in a couple of weeks for a bit of an extended stay.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


If you are out in Citrus county, you will get some chilly mornings, but should be OK in the afternoons.
-- posted by hairykiwi
Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and just about anything is better than the bitter cold we've been experiencing.

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posted 1/7/2018
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Kind of depends on where you grew up and what you are used to. I'm a Texas boy so anything south of 50 is bothersome to me. I lived in Michigan for two years two months and 10 days and I thought I was going to die come winter time. We had a recent stretch of days down in the teens here in Dallas and it was no bueno. Going to be in the 50's today.

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posted 1/7/2018
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Hard to give an exact measurement at my house the wind had it drifting but safe to say over a foot maybe as much as 15 in. across the back yard and driveway. All the Fat Bikers are having a blast as are the xc skiers Just have to deal with the low temps and wind chills this morning -3 and WC of -31 I think I heard. But the sun is coming out so we got that going for us.

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Well, according to the above article noted- Pennsylvania is in about the middle of the field of states; and us in the Western half of the state are really Midwestern... with our hunker down attitude. I guess that's why when I checked the thermo and it read -4, my 1st thought was- what combo layer of clothes do I need to ride today... (yesterday; at +5 temp, required 3). I guess that's the keep going attitude- like the Steelers & the Pens teams... . Sorry- couldn't resist. So I guess it comes down to what each of us is willing to deal with weather-wise, to enjoy our sport. I too, like HK, didn't want to ride if I had to carry a backpack. But then I decided the tradeoff was worth the effort. So I guess the answer is it's (the weather is) only as bad as you think
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