Jan
20
2011

Remind me, why do we live here?

With breaking weather news like "Hey! It's the coldest week of this winter," and "We're only 30 inches from breaking the record for annual snow fall," I'm beginning to wonder why we Minnesotans live here. And it's only January 20th. We have another two months of winter to go. At least. Sheesh!

Coupled with the winter weather and winter wind chill advisories -- not to mention the copious snow emergencies! -- of this winter is the fact that I've been waking up in the dark for far too long and leaving work after dark as well. I don't think I quite have seasonal affective disorder yet, but I could sure use some good news on the Spring front, couldn't you??
You Are My Sunshine: I am depending on this photo of Camogli, Italy to get me through the next few months.  (Sigh.)
You Are My Sunshine: I am depending on this photo of Camogli, Italy to get me through the next few months. (Sigh.)Courtesy KelsiDayle

Well, here I am to brighten your day:

The sun is already setting after 5pm! It has been since this past Monday (the 17th). Your commute and evening will be noticeably brighter over the next few weeks. By February 24th, the sun will rise by 7am in Minneapolis. That's just over a month away! There will be at least two more minutes of sunlight EACH DAY for the rest of January and most of February. By February 21st, there will be over THREE additional minutes of sunlight each day. Finally, there are only 5 months until the Summer solstice, or the longest day of the year.

Hang in there Minnesota... we've got this!

(Not from Minnesota? I'm sorry; that's too bad. But, you can find your own sunrise and sunset information using this sun calculator.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Quit your whining! What we're experiencing this year is more like a normal winter for Minnesota. We've had it so easy for the past 2 or 3 decades. It's been practically interglacial. Why when I was a young lad in Duluth, winters like this were the norm and lasted a month longer on each end. I had to walk to school through snow much deeper than this every single day! (I hope I don't have to remind you that it was uphill both ways). If you tried the old "the weather made me late" excuse with the nuns at St. Mike's, the only thing it got you was an extra whack on the knuckles with the breadboard.

And this isn't cold. No way. Compared to the past when we'd get several 2-week stretches of -20°F temperatures, this is downright balmy. It's above zero isn't it? Get outside and play.

In answer to your "why do we live here?" question I'll use an analogy I just used the other day in another comment. It's actually better suited to this topic, so here goes: Suffering through winters in Minnesota is kind of like hitting yourself in the face with a shovel. It's not much fun while it's happening but you know it won't go on forever, and when it does finally end it feels really, really good.

At least that's what I tell myself.

posted on Thu, 01/20/2011 - 3:32pm
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Great info, mdr, on how this year compares on average, but I'm not going to stop whining until I can feel my toes or the average minimum temperature is over 32 F degrees (on March 15th, according to this weather record). Whichever comes first.

posted on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:59am
Shana's picture
Shana says:

I've been doing pretty well here up until the last couple days. Not even long johns and my Columbia space coat keep me from freezing. (Also my boogers and my eyeballs freeze--what is that!!)

posted on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 1:11pm

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