While the average highs in Boston are quite pleasant during the summer, winter can be bitterly cold. You may remember the record amount of snowfall the city received in 2015. The city had so much snow that year that the Tide Street snow pile reached a height of 75 feet and didn't melt until mid-July. The economic impact of all that snow came out to $1 billion in lost profits and wages for the whole state.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
In the winter, Michigan gets Cold with a capital "C." We're talking average lows of below freezing for five months of the year. While they don't always bring snow and rain, clouds are a common sight above the city. Fewer than 50% of the year has sunny days. Don't be blue, though. At least the summers are short and mild.
Would you have guessed Indianapolis gets more snow on average than Boston? The city's Midwestern location is perfect for mild yet wet summers, decent amounts of snow in the winter, and plenty of chilly days in between. The biggest downfall for the city is that it doesn't experience a particularly long dry spell during the year.
Providence, Rhode Island
Rochester, New York
Rochester is tied for the highest number of snowy days on our list, having on average around 66 throughout the year. That's more than two full months of constant snow. On the other hand, we hear that shoveling snow can be a particularly effective workout. With 167 days of precipitation, Rochester can also boast that it receives a half-month more rain than Seattle.
Buffalo, New York
Rochester's western neighbor receives nearly as much snow throughout the year: a full two month's worth. Buffalo's location along the Great Lakes exacerbates that problem, known as lake-effect snow. Water vapor from the large lakes rises, freezes in the upper atmosphere, and is then dumped in large quantities within a short amount of time. Isn't science fun?
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse ties Rochester for most days with snow throughout the year. In fact, it's America's snowiest large city. "Do you want to build a snowman?" Well, this is the place. Not only that, with 174 days of precipitation on average, Syracuse is one of the wettest cities in the contiguous United States.
Alaska is a snowy tundra wilderness, right? Wrong. Juneau only has 43 snow-filled days a year, a far cry from the 66 of western New York. But things aren't so sunny in Juneau. The city has a record 230 days with precipitation, on average. For comparison, Seattle's famous haze only occurs 152 days a year. Don't forget your poncho on your next adventure north!
Lubbock has it all from extreme temperature swings, tornadoes, dust storms, and more. In 2013, the Weather Channel deemed Lubbock the “Toughest Weather City” in America. Summers can get as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit while winters are a low, low 10 degrees. Since Lubbock is smack-dab in the middle of tornado alley, it is also at an extremely high risk of damaging storms and tornadoes.
Fargo, North Dakota
Florida may seem like a vacation paradise, but it’s a tough place to live. While the summer and winters aren’t terrible, it’s the humidity that gets you. The temperature in the city is around 90 degrees Fahrenheit on average, but that’s coupled with an average of 74% humidity. In fact, it’s the fourth-most humid place in the U.S.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Sure, Tampa sees over 200 days of sun per year, but it isn’t all sunshine in this beachy city. It also has the highest number of days with thunderstorms when compared to other cities in the U.S. On average, Tampa has violent storms 83 days out of the year, which has caused a striking statistic – there are 10 deaths and 30 injuries from lighting each year in the city.
Bullhead City, Arizona
Bullhead City has a lot going for it, especially since it’s only 100 miles from Las Vegas. The downside is that it’s extremely hot. On average, Bullhead City has 129 days of 99-degree temperatures. Sometimes, the temperature can get as hot as 129-degrees, as recorded in July 2017.
Few cities can compete with Ironwood, Michigan, but not in a good way. Ironwood gets a jaw-dropping 188-inches of snowfall each year. Average lows at the beginning of the year rarely get above single-digit temperatures, and highs hover around 20 degrees.
Portland doesn’t get a lot of sun. On average, the city has 222 heavily clouded days out of the year. That makes it tough to grow literally anything other than roses. Roses don’t require a lot of sun and love cloudy weather, so that’s why Portland is often referred to as “the City of Roses.” Maybe that’s why food is so expensive there!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Let the good times roll! Well, as long as you can deal with the humidity and precipitation. New Orleans has been deemed the most humid city in America. On average, the humidity is 75.9%, with the peak being around 6 AM. It also gets, on average, over 60 inches of rain per year. Not to mention all of the hurricanes which persistently flood the city.
It’s well-known that Seattle gets a lot of rain. On average, it gets around 147 rainy days per year. Even though it usually just drizzles, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a big deal. The Seattle Times reported a high number of people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially as winter comes along and the days stay darker longer.
Fairbanks is ranked as one of the coldest places in the country. During the winters, the highs only get up to the 20s, and the lows can get as frigid as -13 degrees. On top of that, the American Lung Association ranked Fairbanks as the fifth most polluted city. This causes a large number of residents to suffer from respiratory diseases.
Minneapolis is seriously crazy with its weather because it’s so unpredictable. The summers are incredibly hot, with many days reaching 90+ degrees. Then the winters are super cold, with December, January, and February regularly below zero. Just to put it in perspective, the summers are like that of Florida while the winters are as cold as Alaska. Minneapolis can also experience droughts, floods, and, on average, is windier than Chicago.