Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Boston second to Cleveland

Cleveland is ahead of Boston in a recent list--unfortunately, of cities with the worst winter weather. A Forbes magazine article rated the 50 largest U.S. cities, according to precipitation and annual temperatures over a 30-year period.

Because "Cleveland gets hit by lake-effect snow, averaging almost 60 inches every winter and its frigid winters help produce an average annual temperature of only 50 degrees, 10 degrees below the 50-city average," the Rock-n-Roll City took the top spot in this list. Boston was second and New York City third. The midwest continues the hit parade, with Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Columbus and Detroit listed. Baltimore rounds out the top ten. I've visited all of these places--often in the winter--and lived half of my life in them (and the other half in smaller cities nearby, with similar weather). If theology is biography, I wonder how this has affected me.

It should be noted that Buffalo was not populous enough to make the list, otherwise I suspect they'd have the crown. And other measures--worst summer temperatures, for example--would produce a different list.

Of course, the city that REALLY had the worst weather over the last 30 years has to be New Orleans. Geaux Saints!


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