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View Poll Results: Which major city has the worst overall weather in the U.S.
Seattle 31 8.47%
San Francisco 9 2.46%
San Diego 7 1.91%
Minneapolis 101 27.60%
Oklahoma City 50 13.66%
Houston 72 19.67%
Phoenix 54 14.75%
Other major city in the continuous U.S. 42 11.48%
Voters: 366. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-12-2018, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Houston has no winter, it has a milder season with snow being an extreme rarity. Minneapolis isn't that cold at all compared to the Northwoods of northern MN and WI.
About the only good thing about Minny is that it has heated skywalks and a large indoor mall and an indoor stadium and very powerful heating systems. Sometimes the heating systems down south are not powerful enough when we get arctic blasts.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:14 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Buffalo, New York not on that list???????

Not all of Alaska is completely frozen. Juneau has warmer winters than many cities in the Upper Midwest and New England and upstate NY. Anchorage's winters I hear are only marginally worse than Minneapolis or Chicago.

outside the frozen wastelands of Buffalo, Minneapolis, and Chicago I'd say the worst weather is Seattle with its constant cloudiness and drizzle. Some people dislike the weather of the Deep South but I honestly don't mind the summers here in South Louisiana. Perfect for tubing on the river, taking a dip in the pool, going to the beach in nearby states.

Even in the middle July I wouldn't mind walking 15 minutes outdoors. I would NEVER walk even 3 minutes outdoors in below freezing weather if I could help it. The absolute coldest cities I could live in would be Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:21 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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Which of the following cities has the worst overall weather
OKC



nuff said
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Even in the middle July I wouldn't mind walking 15 minutes outdoors. I would NEVER walk even 3 minutes outdoors in below freezing weather if I could help it. The absolute coldest cities I could live in would be Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
Why? Do you not own clothing?
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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I'm a cold-weather fan and hate long, hot summers with excess humidity, so Houston got my vote on this list. Honorable mention goes to New Orleans and most of the Florida metros (specifically anywhere from Orlando southward). The hurricane risk doesn't help much for those areas, either.

Next would be OKC; the massive tornado threats make it pretty close to being the worst.

Phoenix sounds awful, but it's mostly dry heat, and you can escape it easily by driving a couple of hours to higher elevations. Can't say the same for the aforementioned cities.

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Old 08-17-2018, 03:57 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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OKC



nuff said
I agree.

OKC is pretty much the worst city in North America. There really isn't much that it has going for it.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Buffalo, New York not on that list???????

Not all of Alaska is completely frozen. Juneau has warmer winters than many cities in the Upper Midwest and New England and upstate NY. Anchorage's winters I hear are only marginally worse than Minneapolis or Chicago.

outside the frozen wastelands of Buffalo, Minneapolis, and Chicago I'd say the worst weather is Seattle with its constant cloudiness and drizzle. Some people dislike the weather of the Deep South but I honestly don't mind the summers here in South Louisiana. Perfect for tubing on the river, taking a dip in the pool, going to the beach in nearby states.

Even in the middle July I wouldn't mind walking 15 minutes outdoors. I would NEVER walk even 3 minutes outdoors in below freezing weather if I could help it. The absolute coldest cities I could live in would be Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.
Buffalo has four seasons; it's not winter all year long there although they do get a nice winter with plenty of snow. They get warm summers that often reach over 80F and yes, there are plenty of places to swim or go to the beach.

Minneapolis and Chicago have even warmer summers than Buffalo does. The weather is often quite sunny and it's very common for it to reach into the mid 80's. Minnesota and Chicago also have some beaches for swimming. Both have decent beaches but I am partial to Minnesota and the shores of Lake Superior.

Oh and Seattle actually gets less rain than many Northeastern cities and is quite dry in the Summer.

Why couldn't you walk outside when it was cold? No coat?!
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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If I had those two options I'd probably move to another country. Seattle and Minnie are equally awful IMHO.

One has depressing weather 9 months of the year and the other needs heating 9 months of the year. My mood and skin would be tortured in either place.

did it ever get below 100 this year in Austin?
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:24 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The worst ones:

1. Phoenix for being hot and dry
2. Houston for just being nasty hot in the summer

OKC can get unbearably hot in the summer but what redeems it is that it has some awesome thunderstorm activity.

The best climates are not listed but of the ones on the list, Minneapolis has the best climate. Four definite seasons, even precipitation throughout the year, and hot weather doesn't last long.

Seattle isn't bad either other than being too dry in the summer and being a bit blah with too mild winters.
I have several multiquotes about OKC because my SIL lived there and liked it b/c it was sunny. She is from Maryland, so not averse to hot.

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I hate hot weather. It’s 100 in Denver this week and I’m melting. Much prefer Seattle to any hot climate.
OK, June 28 was 105. I had some concerns this was going to be one hot summer! However, June 29 was 97, then June 30 was 76. July 3 was 99, July 7, 8, 10, 19 were 98, a few 97 days in July, but lately not so bad, most days in the 80s with a few low 90s.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/de...monyr=8/1/2018

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Any City that gets more than 25 inches of a snow a year and average winter temps are below 40 has blah weather for me

Any City with average 40 degree temps and maybe a few weeks at 32 degrees is okay. A city that gets very little snow and ice during the winter. Maybe 1 or 2 tornadoes a year. Usually spared of hurricanes and earthquakes. Average summer temp of 80 to 100. With dry or humid weather in the Summer. Average fall temp usually 40 to 80. Then that's my kind of City!
You'd probably do OK in Denver. Some winters, more snow than you'd like, but the temps all winter are decent. All January days have an average high in the 40s, though of course, there are days that are colder. 3 days in January 2018 in the 60s. (See link above)

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OKC is pretty much the worst place to live in North America, period. The weather is a big part of that. There is absolutely no positive attributes to the climate here.

The reason it probably has less votes is because it's a small, out of the way metro that most people on here have probably never been to. Houston and Phoenix on the other hand are much more well known.
Sunny.

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That is a bold statement. I lived in OKC for a year many years ago and didn't think it was the "worst place to live in North America, period".

Instead, I found many sunny days, a four season climate (yes it did snow a couple of days), and the humidity was intermittent, not constant. I actually enjoyed the thunderstorms!
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I was surprised to find how high OKC was ranked on those tables that rank cities by the hours or days of sunshine.
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It all depends on your preferences. 45 and rain in Seattle compared to 30 and sun in Denver is a matter of preference. I totally understand the sun preference, except that cold can turn into a snowstorm in an instant in Denver, while in Seattle that would be rare. A little of this, a little of that...weather variety is the spice of life. Which is better? Only in the eye of the beholder...
It doesn't happen that way here in Denver.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:46 PM
 
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What gets you in OKC are the extreme temperature swings during the winter months, not necessarily the lack of sunshine.
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