Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Question of the Day

Heat wave or cold snap?

Which is worse, Phoenix in July or Minneapolis in January?

I’ve had the honor of being in both places in the times mentioned, and I’ll go with Phoenix. Not surprising, since I chose to move to Florida. I grew up with Ohio winters, which aren’t as cold as Minneapolis, but they are grey and gloomy. I did spend two winters in Minneapolis and quite a few more in Petoskey, Michigan, which is as far north as the Twin Cities. It got down to -17 F on several occasions and thanks to the lake effect, we had measurable snow every day from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. That got very old very quickly. As for Phoenix, July is hot — usually over 100 F — but it’s a “dry” heat, without much humidity. (Yeah, so is a fire.) But at least you don’t have to shovel it.

Miami, contrary to popular belief, has never recorded a temperature of 100 F. But it can be oppressively humid in the summer if you’re not in a place that gets the onshore breeze from the ocean…like Orlando or Atlanta or Chicago…or Minneapolis.