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U.S. Cities with the Worst Weather

Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Providence has the fewest numbers of both precipitation days and snowy days on the list, but it scores poor marks for its consistently high humidity, which turns a simple walk around the city into a muggy affair. Providence's location also makes it particularly vulnerable to powerful nor'easters.

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.

Canton, Ohio

Canton is another Midwestern city than can boast of windy and frigid winters, including a month and a half's worth of snow during the year. The area's high humidity also contributes to powerful summer thunderstorms. There's just no winning with you, is there, Canton?

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.

Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown is the second city from Ohio on the list. Only New York state has more. The city has the hallmark of Midwestern winters: cold, windy, cloudy days made worse by the wind chill. Like Canton, the high humidity also contributes to significant summer storms.

Juneau, Alaska

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!

Marquette, Michigan

According to the Weather Channel, Marquette gets hit with an average of 204 inches of snow every single year. Like much of Michigan, this has a lot to do with the lake-effect. This effect produces cooler temps around the Great Lakes and makes it easier for snow to be dumped in the area.

Lubbock, Texas

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

Before the movie, Fargo was known for having the worst winters in the Midwest. Yearly, Fargo gets around 49 inches of snow, and temperatures are pretty low. Once the snow melts, residents have to deal with flooding so bad that national warnings are almost always expected. 

Orlando, Florida

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.

Houston, Texas

It doesn’t take long for Houston to get hot. On average, Houston experiences around 100 days each year where the temperature is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Houston is also known for having extremely high humidity, often around 90%. 

Grand Forks, North Dakota

If you love cold weather, maybe give Grand Forks a shot. Don’t feel bad if it’s difficult, though, because it’s one of the coldest cities in America. The average temperature will hover around -3 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes Grand Forks one of the coldest towns in the lower 48 states.

Tampa, Florida

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.

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Ironwood, Michigan

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.

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Portland, Oregon

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!

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is famous for its snowy peaks, so it isn’t much of a surprise that they get a lot of snow. How much? Well, 101 inches per year. This marks it as one of the snowiest cities in the United States. Well, this is good news for all snowboarders out 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.

Seattle, Washington

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.

Dallas, Texas

It isn’t a surprise that Dallas made the list. Anyone that lives there knows how hot it can get, but do you know the stats? The Weather Channel reported that there are 101 days (on average) where the temperature is over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That means the summer is mostly spent inside.

Phoenix, Arizona

Residents of Phoenix can tell you that it can get super-hot, but those who live outside of the city have no idea. It’s one of the hottest cities in the United States, with average temperatures hovering between 104 and 106 during the summer.

Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie is pretty complicated. In the summer, temperatures can be calm, but there are a few days when it gets above 90 degrees. However, the lows are what we want to focus on. See, Erie is one of the snowiest places in the United States. Each year, on average, Erie gets around 102 inches of snow.

Tucson, Arizona

As hot as Phoenix is, Tucson is hotter. This city has a whopping 146 days of weather where the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, according to NOAA. The hottest was in June 1990 when the temperature reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fairbanks, Alaska

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. 

Barrow, Alaska

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States, and temperatures are often below zero. The average high during the first of the year is -7 degrees, with an average low of -20 degrees. The extreme cold also attributes to a 1,300-foot layer of permafrost.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

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