October 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
As our mornings get colder, my mind is hit with traumatic flashbacks of Fargo-Moorhead winters and the droning question of “Why the hell do we live here?” Continue Reading
Tags: columnists, columns, Fargo, Life, robert morast, The Weather Channel, weather, winter 17 Comments »
Is anybody besides me getting sick of people whining about winter weather? This is America. You are free to get up and move about the country. I love our winters. Or maybe I should move to Mount Washington, New Hampshire?
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But yet Fargo ND is voted among the top safest places to live. Perhaps our winters do keep the riff raff out.
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Yet, LSS continues to import people from Sub-Saharan Africa here for fun and profit!
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Well, in January it’s hard to do a good drive-by shooting, that’s for sure.
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As someone who has moved away from Fargo, I am itching to actually move back asap…winters and all. I think it makes us appreciate the power of nature (and our summers) a little bit more.
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I am originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and I can say Morast nailed it on the head that if you choose to live in a winter climate, it seems to be a toss-up between tons of snow or tons of cold.
I’d choose Fargo winters over UP winters (which come hazzard with the same lake-effect snow as the NY town rated #2). I hated having to shovel every. Single. Morning. And hearing the plows go by every. Single. Night. A quick jaunt to Wal-mart? Not happening, because you have to first shovel your car out of its parking spot (assuming you have no garage), and then wipe and scrape your windows, meanwhile battling the snow that is constantly slipping into your boots. At that point, 23 degree averages don’t seem any better than 6 degree averages.
I’d choose just plain cold over constant snow any day, simply for the fact that you can make the choice here in Fargo to stay OUT of the cold, and don’t have to battle snow on a daily basis.
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I remember the year, when I was little (a LONG time ago) that my grandfather had to dig a tunnel from the kitchen door to the bathroom. Think about it….
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Has anyone found the original Weather Channel study? I’d love to see the rest of the list.
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If anyone has ever lived out on a farm in ND, SD, MN or MT, they’d appreciate just how sweet we have it here in Fargo. Car doesn’t start? Call a cab. Too cold to go out and get groceries? They’ll deliver them to your door. The grumblers complain about the street department, but it’s better than any other town I’ve lived in for decently prompt snow removal and general safety. I used to live an hour away from a hospital, which made winters downright dangerous in a real emergency. Now I can sleep well knowing if the worst happens with my son, he could still get help. Even the option of public transportation is a gift. Maybe we ARE better off with the rest of the country not knowing how good we have it here.
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I get tired of everyone whining about winter, too, and about for some reason Fargo thinks they are more special than the rest of the country when it comes to some of winter’s miseries. I wouldn’t change where I live for nothing, so I’m not complaining, just facts. I live in a town of about 3500 people in northern MN. I’ve been trick or treating on Halloween when we had a foot of snow on the ground. I’ve woken up to temps so cold they don’t register on a thermometer only to find out from the news it was -59 that morning. We had an entire week with highs that never hit -30. We live 75 miles from the nearest walmart, we don’t have cabs, no grocery store delivers food. When we call 911, it routes to the 911 center 50 miles away, and every single time the ambulance has to go out, they get lost and have to stop to ask for directions. Some of the township fire trucks are from 1940 and can’t go more than 45 miles per hour.
Are there risks? Sure, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I lived in Fargo for 10 years. My vote for why their winters are worse than ours, even though we get more snow and far colder temps, and more than an extra month of winter on average, is we don’t get the wind. We have trees, thank goodness. We also have ample outdoor activity options, and as long as you bundle up there are few days you can’t participate in them. In Fargo there is nothing to do short of skate or sled at the dike. As for other services, you rely on friends and neighbors. When you are going into get groceries, you call neighbors or family to see if they need anything. If a business needs their roof shoveled off, neighbors help. If your car breaks down or gets stuck, people stop and help you out, they don’t just fly by splashing you with slush. Our winters are worse. But our experience is better.
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If we could speed up this global warming thing maybe our winters would be a little milder. Could someone please shut Al Gore up…..here in the northern plains we welcome a bit of warming.
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We know that during the Altithermal, the warm period which followed the last ice age, the warmth brought very dry conditions so I’m not sure trading one for the other would be as nice as we’d hope it would be.
Florida is only $99 away.
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The Weather Channel lost me when it did the special about the Red River flooding. Not only couldn’t they get names right, but showed the ice being blown up in Bismarck and claimed it was here.
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The winters here are brutally cold. The snow blows as thick as a sandstorm. At least the snow, it melts.
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Snowmobiling, sledding with the kids, skiing, hockey….sorry, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and to the owner of the Prius that I yanked out of the ditch with my Ram last January, you may be saving the planet but your asking for certain death driving that go cart up here.
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