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I can't get enough Midwestern weather. Who wants to live where it's warm all year round?

Published on: September 28, 2010
Last week, we saw the official end of summer. As the days begin to shorten and the temperatures fall, I rejoice. You see, this is the Midwest, and it’s glorious.

Several days ago, I met someone who grew up in the Bahamas. This will be her first official winter. I jokingly said, “Good luck.” Yet, I could see a slight terror in her eyes. She told me how cold it was getting now (about 54 degrees F in the morning). I told her it’s going to get a lot worse. After giving her a few well-intentioned driving tips for the snow, she walked away completely shell shocked.

Folks from California and Florida love to boast about their glorious winters and balmy summers. Keep ’em. I’m a man who enjoys a little variety. When winter gets here, I’m ready for snow. Come summer, break out the grill. Where else can you have the best of all seasons? I loved the 95-degree days this June. I’ll enjoy the blowing, drifting snow this January. It’s a great place to be.

I think all Midwesterners have heard outsiders comment about our weather from time to time. However, the funniest weather comments come from within our own Midwestern population.

Last spring, I drove up to the Ropp Dairy in Normal to see some Minnesota quilters who stopped by for a milking contest. After the contest, they were firing questions at Ray Ropp about anything and everything. Eventually, they came to the topic of weather. One ventured, “Does the ground freeze down here?” Ropp laughed and said, “Where do you think you are? Florida?”

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