Years ago when I was getting ready to move to Maine, my grandmother said to me “oh well at least you don’t need a bathing suit when you move there.” Umm I did and enjoyed many days of swimming in the lakes, but must admit, never the ocean (too cold!).
While I was living in Maine, a friend of mine moved to Arizona — Flagstaff. We would call each other and compare winter storms — she won.
Last week I went to Minnesota for work. I packed a warm scarf and hemmed and hawed on whether I should pack an additional sweater or not. Now most of the time I was inside, but when I did venture out, my coat was more than enough to keep me warm (it was a balmy 32-35 degrees F). Who knew Minneapolis wouldn’t be that cold, in February (well at least for the few days I was there)?
I grew up in New Jersey and remember winters being more white and full of snow. Now unlike Maine and Minnesota, the snow in NJ, then and now, never lasts quite as long as it does in those states, but we did have snow. Today I almost feel like NJ experiences snowfall as Virginia did when I was growing up — some but nothing major.
But then again, remember Snowmageddon, the February 5-6, 2010, blizzard that dumped 20-35 inches of snow across southern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey? And last week’s historic blizzard that hit Texas, and before that Kansas? Or the major ice storm in Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2011?
I guess it’s hard to really judge the state by its weather, especially since weather recently has been so …weird.
What are your preconceived notions about weather in certain states? I mean Florida always sounds warm and nice, but they too experience some cold temperatures… share your thoughts here.