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Old 01-22-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: MN
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I get what the OP is saying. I'm from MN been here my whole life.

In the middle of summer when it's hot and sticky and light out til 10, I literally CANNOT fathom how in the world we deal with 0 degrees and darkness at 430 pm. But when it comes, you're used to it, make a few adjustments and life goes on as normal
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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How is life for homeless folk? Are there a lot more shelters per capita? If for whatever reason they can't stay at shelters, are there public indoor areas open 24/7 where people can sleep during cold nights?
My cousin works for the city of Minneapolis' human services department and tells me that it's cheaper to send the homeless elsewhere than try and feed and board them here. When they get about 15 or 20 together, they charter a nice (TVs and reclining chairs) touring bus and send them elsewhere. Usually it's San Diego because it's less likely they will return but there are a couple cities that will accept a couple hundred dollars per person to take them as well. I think Seattle was one of those.

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Old 01-23-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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Life just goes on as normal, it's not like everyone hides or things shut down. It's just more indoor during winter, but I don't sit around my house any more than I do during summer.

I think people get this idea that it's 10 degrees for months on end. It goes up and down and up and down. It snowed 7 inches on Friday, but now today it was almost 50 degrees in Chicago and basically all the snow is now gone. This winter has been mostly 35-50 degrees with two cold spells. It's actually been a very easy winter. I didn't even put a hat or scarf on until the 2nd week of January.

Things very slowly started to warm up now (after the 20th of January on average temps increase). During February the average highs rise by 10 degrees or so, and then in March and April it quickly increases.

December through February are the worst of winter, but it's certainly not ALL bad. It snows maybe 4-6 times, but usually less than 5" per storm.

We had storms with thunder and lightning last night. Winter isn't all sub-freezing temps and snow. That's just what makes the news.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: California
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I was raised in NE Ohio, moved to Phoenix in my early twenties, escaped to S.F. Bay area fifteen years later. I would much rather deal with the cold temps than months of extreme heat which also does kill many people each year. I noticed that people tend to have shorter tempers in the hot climate also but northerners seem to be warmer people. Maybe I can make it home in my retirement.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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1) There isnt as many Homeless people in the north because its more liberal so there are more public shelters and welfare ect.
2) People rush from Place to place so on cold days people still go out but people are almost running to there destination so there time on the sidewalk is shorter so it seems less busy
i'd like to know where this information came from.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:28 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Places that know how to handle snow generally go about life as usual. People still go out. Maybe not as much as they would in other seasons, but they still do it. Many people use it to their advantage by ice skating, skiing, winter festivals and sledding, along with other activities.

Those that are homeless have options in terms of places to stay by way of shelters.
this. i ran 6 miles in 12 degree (0 wind chill) last week. and i wasn't the only one out there.

as far as that type of activity, i'll take those temps over 80 any.day.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Life just goes on as normal, it's not like everyone hides or things shut down. It's just more indoor during winter, but I don't sit around my house any more than I do during summer.

I think people get this idea that it's 10 degrees for months on end. It goes up and down and up and down. It snowed 7 inches on Friday, but now today it was almost 50 degrees in Chicago and basically all the snow is now gone. This winter has been mostly 35-50 degrees with two cold spells. It's actually been a very easy winter. I didn't even put a hat or scarf on until the 2nd week of January.

Things very slowly started to warm up now (after the 20th of January on average temps increase). During February the average highs rise by 10 degrees or so, and then in March and April it quickly increases.

December through February are the worst of winter, but it's certainly not ALL bad. It snows maybe 4-6 times, but usually less than 5" per storm.

We had storms with thunder and lightning last night. Winter isn't all sub-freezing temps and snow. That's just what makes the news.
another agree. we get your weather a day later. 7" of snow saturday, it's nearly 50 today. winter's been too mild actually. my snowboarding kids are pissed!

if you live in a cold climate, if you dress appropriately you'll never be cold. and if you're not cold, nothing prevents you from doing outdoor activities.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: The Wild Wild West
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People tend to "Bunker in" or "hibernate" a little bit, but not like it's noticable. I work in a suburban area where the restaurants are always packed, even when it's -10 out. It's more of the darkness that changes people's routines. The Twin Cities are VERY active. In the summer when it's light out til 10 pm, you see people out for walks, yard work, running, playing sports, boating, all sorts of activity. In the winter the days get dark at about 6pm so it's weird to be confined to darkness so early.
What's wrong with the dark? Wear a headlamp!
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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im in minnesota and life is still the same really. only difference is just about everybody is in their cars. yes it snows, but here they are used to it. they have plow trucks ready to go. so the roads are normally clear. i remember living in philly, it would take forever for them to put salt on the roads. minnesota, you dont have to worry about that. life goes on man, people here know how to dress for the weather. like i said, you arent gonna see people walking the streets like say new york. i remember when i first moved here last year, i thought it was a ghost town. but that wasnt the case at all. clubs and bars still packed.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: IN
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Well you can't use this winter as a comparison because it has been extremely mild everywhere.
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