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Old 02-08-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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On the other side of the spectrum from suprisingly mild winters.....are there any cities that their winters are colder than one would expect? I'd have to say Nashville has colder winters than most ppl up north would imagine. They got down to 4 degrees on January 16th, and their averages in January are 44/28.

I'd have to say that Crossville, TN has suprisingly cold winters as well, most of the Cumberland Plateau of TN can get downright frigid in winter. It got down to -3 on January 16th in Crossville and their averages are 43/25 for Jan. I'd have to add Boone, NC to that list as well.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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The mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina can be quite cold - much colder than the rest of the south.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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much of Virginia
Albuquerque and Santa Fe
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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The mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina can be quite cold - much colder than the rest of the south.
Yes, they are actually probably colder than Philly or NYC most of the time in Winter AND Summer.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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I would say New Mexico in general. Many people think "New Mexico" and think HOT. However, in the winter, most of the state gets snow (not as much as other parts of the country, but we do get snow). Just today, we had snow flurries.

In New Mexico - It's not as hot as people think and it's colder than people think lol.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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Hehe, I agree with NM. I know some places there that average 200+ inches of snow!!


We could add Arizona and Nevada on that list. I bet most people don't know that Arizona's record low is -40, lower than the record low of Massachusets, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. And Nevada has a record low of -50.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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the south east excluding FL is colder than most people think. I lived in Atlanta for 10 yrs and still can accept the fact that we have some rather chilly weather from Nov to March and stil don't put away the jackets just yet. April has some 30s, May has 40s. In general winters are mild compared the north, though. Not much snow (esp in ATlanta) but it will drop below 32 degrees and be chilly more than you'd like. on the other hand Texas is what you'd expect for a southern state. Winters there are not as cold (they do rollercoaster esp in Dallas) as the south east. Dallas easily hit 70 or above on many days on their coldest months. In most major south eastern cities hiting 70s on our coldest months is a real treat.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Little Rock, Arkansas. We have some days every year where lows get into the single digits and usually don't see our last freeze until mid-April. Temps can dip into the 30s as late as May. Of course these winters are milder than one would experience in Chicago or Milwaukee, but its no tropical paradise.

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the south east excluding FL is colder than most people think.
Even the north part of Florida can get quite cold. Tampa Bay northward can commonly see frosts. Its only south Florida that really has the tropical climate Florida is known for. One way to tell is by the species of palm trees that grow. North Florida is mostly cold hardy palms, while south Florida has completely different species that couldn't survive a freeze.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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much of Virginia
Albuquerque and Santa Fe

most of winter in ABQ you get by with just a hoodie or short sleeved shirt, highs are almost 50 degrees average all winter, now its the nights that do it,sometimes its a nice peaceful mild night others its just a peaceful cold night.Overnights can get very cold but who's out at midnight to feel it. It rarely ever gets into single didgets, its probably been a few years.

I dont know if people think of Albuquerque as a warm climate, I always thought of it as a cold one before I moved here.

Southern NM is alot warmer in the winter and palm trees thrive there and northern NM can get frigid. In todays paper it was talking about an outdoor hockey rink in Los Alamos, now you know it has to be cold there.


I have heard a co-worker from Florida say that this is not winter weather to her, she expects more snow and cold, and a co-worker from Minnessota said she still gets just as cold here so thats kinda weird.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:11 PM
 
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the south east excluding FL is colder than most people think. I lived in Atlanta for 10 yrs and still can accept the fact that we have some rather chilly weather from Nov to March and stil don't put away the jackets just yet. April has some 30s, May has 40s. In general winters are mild compared the north, though. Not much snow (esp in ATlanta) but it will drop below 32 degrees and be chilly more than you'd like. on the other hand Texas is what you'd expect for a southern state. Winters there are not as cold (they do rollercoaster esp in Dallas) as the south east. Dallas easily hit 70 or above on many days on their coldest months. In most major south eastern cities hiting 70s on our coldest months is a real treat.
In high school, once I was talking to a friend about an upcoming visit to see my grandparents who lived in North Carolina. This was in February. My friend asked me about the weather in NC that time of year. "How warm is it there now? I mean, is there swimming?" I think I said something to the effect that there was swimming . . . in indoor pools . . . outside if you're a member of the Polar Bear Club. I also once knew a guy who thought that average highs in Norfolk during the winter were in the 80's. When people have this misconception that every place in the southern half of the country has really warm winters, that's basically just ignorance. I don't know that these places have surprisingly cold winters. It's surprising only if you don't know anything about southern regions and just make assumptions.

It would seem to me that some of the mountainous areas in the Southeast and the Southwest might accurately be described as "surprisingly cold." Even those who know enough about U.S. geography to be aware that winter weather in most of the South is brisk might be surprised at how cold it gets in the high Appalachians of VA, NC, TN. Similarly, people who think Phoenix when they think Arizona, who are well informed enough to know that winter days in Phoenix are often cool, might not be aware that northern AZ can get some serious snow and cold.
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