Mind you, living in Chicagoland for over a score and wouldn’t you guess – the topic of conversation, especially October through May is Mother Nature. On Leap Year Day this year (which wasn’t very special except to read about those poor souls who only have a birthday every 4 years), the temperature in some Windy City ‘burbs hovered around 60 degrees (15.5 Celsius). For those unfamiliar with our climate, that’s very warm right before the start of March, only to drop to 32 degrees (0 Celsius) hours later.
When urbanites talk about it, we may be blown away (at least in two ways) by weather changes and automatically say, “That’s Chicago for you!” Really, you mean other Midwestern cities don’t experience extreme weather? So Des Moines has never had a 30-degree temperature plunge in early spring or late fall? What about Eden Prairie – have they ever had “white out” conditions where they drive as slowly as one runs to ensure they get home safely?
If the temperature plummets in late winter or early fall day in the Saginaw Bay near Lake Huron, should residents say, “That’s Saginaw weather for you!” To be geographically correct, shouldn’t they say, “That’s the Midwest for ya!. Or at least, that’s Michigan for ya!”
Does the weather in other Midwestern towns and cities such as Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Ames, Iowa, or Toledo, Ohio ever make a difference to anyone or factor into the equation? Are these places too dinky, provincial, or remote to matter to city slickers?
Most readers who are comfortable with a map in their hands know “Chi-Town” is the third largest metro area in the United States with a large portion of the Midwest’s population living near the bottom of this great lake. Those who are at least part-time cartographers know about the extreme weather patterns that exist here and throughout the Midwest – especially during seasonal transitions. Perhaps it’s only fair to consider all Midwesterners, and not just Chicagoans, experience extreme or inclimate weather.
Is it fair to be less Chicago-centric? Or, is it merely a common thing to do – look around where you live and associate weird or drama weather conditions to that area? In other words, do those who live in West St. Paul and experience extreme weather say, “That’s Minnesota for ya!”