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Upper Midwest Gardening: Chicago Winter Weather

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Danville, IN

February 3, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #6089054

Found this summary of Chicago winter weather. Since my daughter lives there, I thought I'd pass this along to all you hardy souls from the Windy City.


60 F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago sunbathe.

50 F: New Yorkers try to turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens.

40 F: Italian & English cars won't start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down.

32 F: Distilled water freezes; Lake Michigan 's water gets thicker.

20 F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a flannel shirt.

15 F: New York landlords finally turn up the heat; people in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0 F: All the people in Phoenix die. Chicagoans close the windows.

10 below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico . The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door.

25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats.

40 below zero: Washington DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the do gs sleep indoors.

100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can't start 'da car.'

460 below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin s cale); people in Chicago start saying, 'cold 'nuff for ya?'

500 below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series

Middleton, WI
(Zone 4b)

February 4, 2009
3:05 AM

Post #6090479

very cute. My sister lives WAY down south in Chicago. (smile) I'll have to send this to her. Thank you.


Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6117008

Oh heavens... that is funny.

I've pretty much lived here all my life, so i can relate to some of that.

it was a year or so ago... even when it was in the 20's - i slept with my windows open.
and eyes, we do BBQ in the winter some times.

love the hell freezes over and the Cubs in the Series. What a hoot.
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

February 11, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6122689

Very cute! Especially since it actually did hit 60 F here today, and I and the kids WERE outside trying to get a little sun all afternoon! ;) We use the grill year-round as well (unless the snow is piled too high on top of it)!


Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 11, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #6123490

Yesterday I put out a lawn chair cushion and laid on the back patio for a while... OH that sun felt good!! Of course, it's raining and foggy now.

Forgot to add...

it was so nice to open all the windows and doors, turn the heat off [which it still is] and get some fresh air.

This message was edited Feb 11, 2009 7:59 AM
Saint Paul, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 12, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6129019

Very funny!
Imagine it another 400 miles north in Minnesota...
We're a hardy bunch up here!

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