Tuesday, January 19, 2016


As Rochester enters the depths of winter, it's always worth a reminder that a reasonable chunk of the country is right there with us.  In fact, despite a healthy dose of clouds and snow, Rochester is actually relatively warm (with relatively being the key term.)

Last year, 24/7 Wall St. attempted to identify America's 50 coldest cities with a population of at least 10,000 people.  Taken into account was the average minimum temperature in the coldest month of the year using data from 1981-2010.

Tropical Rochester, NY did not make the cut.  Amply represented were cities in Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Here are a few of the bigger names that made the list, in order of coldest to warmest:

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Rochester, MN
  • Burlington, VT
  • Madison, WI
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Portland, ME
  • Albany, NY
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Worcester, MA

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