Is 10-Below The Cold Weather Threshold For The Northland?
When spring finally comes and the summary of the Winter of 2018-2019 is written, it's a sure thing that it will be remembered for two things: The large snowfall totals in January and February and the cold stretch we experienced during the same time period. While we didn't establish any new records in Duluth proper, some communities away from Lake Superior did. And while actual thermometer readings of 30-below aren't highly unusual in the Twin Ports, they don't happen with regular occurrence.
Those cold temperatures can sure wreak havoc with a lot of our usual daily routine. From cars that won't start to frozen pipes, cracked windows in homes to expensive utility bills - the arctic temps can make for some problems. But, it seems like native Northlanders are better-equipped to battle the weather when it turns cold; the same temperatures that would shut an entire city down in another part of the country makes many in this part of the world simply throw on an extra layer and head back outside.
Researching some of the climatological data available from the National Weather Service and other sources reveals that even though we think it's "always cold" in the Arrowhead region, the facts don't parlay that evidence. In fact, the days in which it gets below 15-below are few and far between - when ranked against the full calendar year.
I've often said that 10-below is my personal threshold for "dealing" with cold weather. I can just about handle any thermometer reading up to that point; however, once it crosses the 10-below mark, I start to get concerned about cars, houses, and the like. For some reason - for me personally - the temperatures above that 10-below mark are tolerable.
So what's your threshold? Do extreme cold temperatures bother you?