Michigan Winters Are the Most Miserable (Almost)
The list of locales with the fiercest Winter seasons is out and only one of the 50 United states has it worse than we do in Michigan.
Trillist ranked the 50 states by how miserable it's Winters are. As you may have guessed, those that suffer the most during the toughest of the four seasons are in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Hawaii begins the list at #50 as January is not so bad on the Big Island. Home of The Big Apple, New York, is #20 while Maine is at #5 and North and South Dakota both made the top 10. Our neighbors Indiana (16), Ohio (14) and Illinois (13) have it much easier than Wisconsin (7) across Lake Michigan.
Here's what they had to say about Michigan Winters, ranked second only to Minnesota:
Winter in Michigan begins well before Thanksgiving and stretches far past Easter, which makes for four-to-six wearisome months of always-gray, always-cold, always-drizzly, but-rarely-snowy-in-a-good-way misery. Some other states may see colder temps or more snow, but Michigan winters are unrivaled for their utter lack of sunshine...
For the Michigander, this is winter: you leave work at 5 or 6, already in the dead of night...You scrape off your car, then get stuck in traffic as the cars ahead of you gawk at the SUV that has slid into the ditch. You actually look forward to a proper snowfall, just to cover the dirt. Even then, you do not go skiing, because there are no hills...You do not look forward to outdoor winter recreation because there is none. You might go bowling. You probably put on weight.
In early April you convince yourself it is spring because it is Tigers Opening Day. You overpay for tickets to the game, tell yourself 45 degrees isn't that cold, and cheer when the sun peeks out at the end of the fourth inning. That is the light at the end of the tunnel. Winter in Michigan is a miserable, miserable time.
- Bison Messink, Thrillist Deputy Editor/recovering Michigander
Only the frozen tundra that is Winter in Minnesota is more inclimate than Winter in our state. think about that- Michigan Winters are worse than Alaska.