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Old 10-05-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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Lets just say get use to wearing layers. Cold sucks.
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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Adding muscle mass will help with your cold tolerance. No, really.
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Adding muscle mass will help with your cold tolerance. No, really.
Fat's even better...
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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Fat's even better...
Ideally, you want both...like an offensive lineman or sumo wrestler.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Northeast Suburbs of PITTSBURGH
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I went to Pittsburgh for college after living in the South my whole life. The first year was the worst. I remember it was 35 degrees (on a cold night) in Pittsburgh in late September and it was still 93 degrees (in the day) down in Louisiana. I quickly did the math and realized that I probably hadn't thought this cold thing out very well.

The next day I went to Burlington Coat Factory, bought a big down coat and that helped the first winter. I still remember the first time I experienced 0 degrees (F). I remember waking up to "Good morning Pittsburgh it's zero degrees." I didn't even know what that would feel like, and it kind of takes your breath away. Keep in mind I walked to all my classes.

In any case, I found that the heating systems up north are far more powerful than down south. Classrooms would be like 80 degrees, a lot of times I would be in short sleeves. Just like the south likes to crank A/C, the north likes to crank heat, especially when it's freezing.

The second year was better, third was really difficult because it was one of those "polar vortex years", and fourth year was easiest because I knew I was getting the heck out of there.

I was spending fall, winter, and spring in Pittsburgh and summer in Louisiana, talk about tough! So, when I graduated, I studied the climates of all cities around the country and decided that San Jose, CA had the best combination of climate and jobs so I took a job out in Silicon Valley.

That being said, I would NEVER live in the Northeast again. Midwest is out as well.
Haha that does sound rough transition. I went to Pitt as well, but I'm from the area. We're you here recently (2014)? I walked to class when it was -17 (temperature not wind chill).

That was an experience, even for a native Pittsbugher.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:54 AM
 
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Haha that does sound rough transition. I went to Pitt as well, but I'm from the area. We're you here recently (2014)? I walked to class when it was -17 (temperature not wind chill).

That was an experience, even for a native Pittsbugher.
It's more miserable but just get over it and go about your day, simple as that. It's not going to kill you. You're just somewhat more uncomfortable but not completely feel like you're going to die. It would bite harder, especially if it's breezy, but we can deal with it by just putting up with it or wear more clothes. I would just be more active and face against the wall toward the sun to minimize the effect of Polar Vortex.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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minus 17 in Pittsburgh is the morning low with minimal winds, so it is not that bad and a sign the worst is almost over. It would warm up dramatically up to near 50 in a few days later.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Northeast Suburbs of PITTSBURGH
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minus 17 in Pittsburgh is the morning low with minimal winds, so it is not that bad and a sign the worst is almost over. It would warm up dramatically up to near 50 in a few days later.
There was some winds, I believe the wind chill was in the -30 range, but when you have multiple layers on and your skin completely covered, it's honestly not bad. 90 is much worse IMO.

It will occasionally hit 50 in the winter, especially towards the end of February, but is very short lived. 2013 and 2014 were absolutely brutal in PA. The average temperature for Pittsburgh was around 18. Last winter was cake compared to other years.
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I grew up in Upstate NY and never got used to or liked the snow and cold, I was miserable from October through April every year, May to September were the only months I liked there. So as soon as I got out of high school, I moved to Phoenix
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:54 AM
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Not difficult at all. I grew up in Florida, so cold weather is wonderful to me. Hot weather can stay far away.
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