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A light to moderate freeze every year 28 73.68%
Below zero every 10 years 9 23.68%
Vostok winter cold snap every 50 years 1 2.63%
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:15 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Imagine you got to live in your dream tropical climate, but with one catch. Would you take:

A - once a year on average, temperatures bottomed out in the 25 - 32 F (-4 to 0 C) range for about a day in local winter. All time record lows are still above 14 F (-10 C), and there would be no other temperatures below 50 F / 10 C aside from these rare cold snaps.
Example of the last five cold snaps: Feb 1-2, 2013, Mar 9, 2011, Dec 13, 2010, Jan 8-9, 2010, Jan 21, 2009

B - once every ten years on average, temperatures bottomed out in the -10 to 0 F (-23 to -18 C) range in a cold snap that lasted 2-3 days. There would be no other temperatures below 50 F / 10 C aside from these rare cold snaps, which would always strike in local winter.
Example of the last five cold snaps: Dec 20-23, 2009, Jan 16-18, 2003, Feb 19-23, 1989, Nov 27-30, 1981, Jan 28-31, 1969

C - once every 50 years on average, temperatures bottomed out in the -150 to -100 F (-101 to -73 C) range. There would be at least 4 days notice to evacuate the area, and the cold snap would last 4 days at most. Aside from these rare cold snaps, there would be no other temperatures below 50 F / 10 C.
Example of the last five cold snaps: Jan 26-31, 1988, Feb 12-17, 1940, Jan 14-17, 1897, Dec 15-19, 1816, Mar 1-5, 1778
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:29 PM
 
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Neither because it just doesn't happen in my dream climate aka Honolulu. Option A.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: New York
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Option A. It actually sounds a little similar to the winters in my dream climate.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:22 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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B. Sounds fun to experience, and unknown to me yet. I've experienced -18C only once and that was during a blizzard while skiing (had to stop because of the wind) - not very pleasant. Also experienced -12C with bright sunshine and no wind, that was much nicer and more interesting.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Lexington, KY
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Freeze every year, a la central Florida. Frost can be fun, I just don't want to feel anything close to 0F again.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:20 AM
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Location: Surrey/London
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A 0C low once per year.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Option A. But I'd rather not have any freezes if I could help it
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Old 11-13-2016, 06:33 PM
 
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Option A sounds like an awesome subtropical climate!
Option B sound stupid and unrealistic.
Option C sounds WAY unrealistic and deadly (before the days of forecast warnings, everyone would literally die off in such an extreme cold snap as it takes specialized (modern) dwellings and equipment to handle such extreme cold as experienced in Antarctica).
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:48 PM
 
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Option A sounds like an awesome subtropical climate!
Option B sound stupid and unrealistic.
Option C sounds WAY unrealistic and deadly (before the days of forecast warnings, everyone would literally die off in such an extreme cold snap as it takes specialized (modern) dwellings and equipment to handle such extreme cold as experienced in Antarctica).
Bingo. "C" would be the same as a "hurricane", and would destroy infrastructure (broken water pipes, heating systems not being able to keep up, cars and trucks unable to run, etc.). Think "The Day After Tomorrow" - while it's unlikely all the windows would blow out of the Empire State Building (depends on how quickly the temperature dropped), the general idea is valid - widespread death and destruction. -100F is so extreme that it would have the same effect as +140F, our society is simply not equipped to operate at that temperature.

"B" is the most realistic, that's what happens in my city (Chicago) almost every year, LOL. "A" sounds like many cities in Texas, it would be highly desirable compared to where I currently live.
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:17 PM
 
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Option A
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