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America’s Toughest Weather Winner… YAY Fargo?!

April 1, 2011 by Hailey Goplen

I want to take the time to congratulate Fargo for being crowned “America’s Toughest Weather City” by voters and The Weather Channel .  Forget March Madness Basketball, I was glued to the March Madness Weather Tournament.

This grueling tournament took place over the past few weeks where cities from every region of the country went head to head to become America’s Toughest Weather City. In the Midwest Region, Fargo had some true competition including our close neighbor, The Twin Cities, (Well that didn’t sound very Midwestern of me. I need to remember to call it “The Cities”), as well as International Falls.  Against all odds, Fargo breezed through to the Final Four and was up against cities across the country, including Juneau, Alaska. Now, in this round, I had my doubts. In fact, a good friend of mine is currently living in Fairbanks, Alaska right now, and was crushed when they got bumped out of the running for the Northwest region. Yet again, we blew past the competition. (Excuse the pun) The final match up was against Bradford, PA. I really thought we would breeze through this round, but apparently, it was a bit more of a nail biter then I expected. However, in the end, no city could hold a candle to that of Fargo, ND.

I rationalize our winning by taking into account all four seasons that Fargo has to offer:

Winter- Really, do I need to explain this? Negative temperatures for the majority of January/February. Feet and feet of snow that seems to stick around until May. And wind chill that chills you to the bone.

Spring- Flooding. The end.

Summer- Hot. Humid. Humid. Humid. Mosquitoes. Tornadoes.

Fall- Well, fall was actually not that bad, though it seemed to only stick around for about three weeks.

Congratulations Fargo. You have made me proud, and slightly depressed.

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