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View Poll Results: Which is more unbearable: the Northern winter, or the Southern summer?
Northern winter 189 48.21%
Southern summer 203 51.79%
Voters: 392. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-24-2008, 08:26 AM
 
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An average high of 32 is by no means warm. That means half the days are below freezing. Half the days are above, but above freezing doesn't mean warm.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:32 PM
 
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Lets see here... the winter months in Chicago (November through early March) see average temps of 35 degrees. Sometimes its colder, sometimes its warmer. Then for the rest of the year we see temps beteween 50-85 degrees. Thats hardly what I call "mind numbing cold". Try again.
The problem is that there is an ENORMOUS degree of variation in that "average" Chicago temperature - and to me, an average temperature of 35 degrees, however it comes, is unbearably cold and not something I would willingly tolerate. I'll just pick a random series of dates - January 12 - 17 of 2007, for example. Between those days, temperatures ranged from a high of 51 to a low of 12 (not even counting the wind chill.) Over the course of a few days, that's a swing of basically 40 degrees. Here in South Florida, you'll virtually never see that type of temperature variation in the winter over the course of less than a week, unless we've had an extremely strong (and extremely rare) cold front pass through. In Chicago and most of the Midwest, those types of wild temperature swings are common. Sure, over the course of 150 years of record-keeping you may arrive at some "average" high/low temperature for a day, but that tells you next to nothing about what to expect on any given day, particularly in fall and spring when I have seen upper Midwestern cities go from single-digit temperatures one day to 60 degrees less than a week later.

I'm sure that some people find that type of fickle weather "invigorating." To each his own! Give me my predictable, warm weather year-round any day
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yes. One day i was looking at the temperatures in USA. It was 50F degrees in Chicago. I looked at the temperature 2 hours later and it was 0F This will never happen in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Yes. One day i was looking at the temperatures in USA. It was 50F degrees in Chicago. I looked at the temperature 2 hours later and it was 0F This will never happen in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles
Thats ridiculous. Those climates are moderated by the oceans, so naturally it makes sense that they wouldnt get drastic temperature swings.

Botev, enjoying the massive snowfalls in Seattle?
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:02 PM
 
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Yes. One day i was looking at the temperatures in USA. It was 50F degrees in Chicago. I looked at the temperature 2 hours later and it was 0F This will never happen in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles
50 degrees in 2 hours? That must've been one helluva cold front...
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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First off, -30 in Chicago is as rare as a 30 degree low in Miami. Sure they happen, but not often whatsoever. And a August day in Miami is BRUTAL. A August day in Chicago? FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR more pleasant. I dont know where youre making your crap up at, but it sure is funny! LOL

Know how many days Chicago has over 90 degrees? 16. Miami? 58. Thats ridiculous.

Lets let the people decide....

Chicago in August:
History : Weather Underground

Miami in August: HOT AND RAINY. I cant believe youd pick a Miami August day over Chicago, unless youre a masochist. lol
History : Weather Underground
didn't say it wasn't rare, but it happens... it is regularly below 0 wind chill, how about that?

but anyway, the point was it gets JUST AS hot, but much much colder, albeit Miami has more of those days, it can definitely get just as bad or actually worse heat index in Chicago
Chicago's spring and fall is still colder than a miami winter, the summers are BOTH hot and humid on any given day... due to inland heating
south florida weather is MUCH more consistent and not near as extreme as the midwest.
In this years forbes list of most miserable cities, chicago ranks a very short second only to Flint Michigan in the weather category.
You should know this... as living in chicago I always heard the saying... if you don't like the weather... wait 10 minutes and it will change.

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Old 12-25-2008, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Central Maryland
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I don't really mind extremes in temp. that much as long as it isn't miserably dreary and gray most of the time in any season. But, I still picked winter.

I actually miss summers that are a little longer and deeper like I used to know in the South. The humidity isn't actually locked in the entire summer or spring; only the height of summer is truly muggy and thick. It's really more humid in MD. a lot of the time.
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Botev, enjoying the massive snowfalls in Seattle?
that's horrible. The rain is much better
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Yes. One day i was looking at the temperatures in USA. It was 50F degrees in Chicago. I looked at the temperature 2 hours later and it was 0F This will never happen in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles
A temperature drop like that for Chicago in 2 hours does not sound right. You have to be careful with those temperature maps. I have frequently observed them to not update in many hours. Probably a computer glitch. To find out if that 2 hour 50 degree drop is real, we could consult the National Weather Service historical data. Chicago doesn't drop 50 degress in 2 hours - maybe someplace out on the high plains or rockies, but not Chicago.
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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It depends. Is a 10 degree day equivalent to a 100 degree day? A 90 degree day isn't that bad, neither is a 30 degree day. I've been in a 100 degree day with 90% humidity and it was crappy. A 10 degree day with a wind chill is even crappier. I'd say a North Dakota winter would be equal to an Arizona summer. 10 below versus 110, people endure those temps, but nobody enjoys them. But I guess you could run around at night in Arizona at least.
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