- Aug 27, 2003
"This is one of the things I've wondered about: how do folks in AK, MN etc. cope with extreme cold?"
My question is WHY? WHY do folks in AK, MN etc. cope with extreme cold? I grew up in Florida and spent my youth shaking my head whenever the evening news would show those folks up there freezing in below-zero temps during winter.
I'm older now . . . but I still don't get it. Life is too short for that. At least for me. Frankly, winter sucks AFAIAC even here in NoVa, and this is NOTHING compared to Minnesota, Montana, Alaska, etc. I'm getting the hell out of here in the next few months for warmer climes. I will leave a lot of nice snow shovels behind for whoever buys my house. DSFDF, I guess.
Different people like different climates. For me, I would much rather work outside at 20 degrees than 80 degrees. And anyone anywhere close to a coast has to understand the nature of cold in continental climates. Winter is our sunny time of year with blue skies, dry air, and unfiltered sun. Even at near 30 below the sun feels warm on your skin. 60 degrees in a foggy coastal climate is miserable compared to 10 below in full sun out of the wind. And you body gets used to it. What feels cold in fall seems downright balmy by winter.