While rain is forecast for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa Bay this Sunday, the high temp is still expected to be close to 70 degrees.
In the Twin Cities?
Not so much (literally).
In fact, the warmest it’s expected to reach locally the next ten days is 5 degrees, with a low of -17 degrees — never mind the windchill.
With that stark contrast it mind, it seemed timely to compare the locals’ rather unique attitude towards arctic temps with those who live in warmer climes (given the ongoing pandemic, assume all activities are conducted with appropriate social distancing and mask-wearing):
60 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in Minnesota plant gardens.
50 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Duluth sunbathe.
20 above zero:
Floridians use coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt.
15 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold.
Twin Cities window washers show up five minutes early, add antifreeze to cleaning solution (true — the home in question was mine).
People in Miami all die.
Minnesotans close the windows.
25 below zero:
The Girl Scouts in Minnesota are selling cookies door to door.
Gabriel Kaplan (my teenage son) puts on long pants.
460 below zero:
ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale.)
People in Minnesota start saying . . . “Cold ’nuff fer ya??”
500 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
Minnesota public schools will open 2 hours late.
Impervious People — and Animals
It’s not just people who are stoic about the weather here — so are the animals.
Eventually, the local municipality must have ordered the dog owner to put up a shelter in their backyard, which they did.
The husky slept on top of it.
P.S.: Believe it or not, Minneapolis has played host to two Super Bowls: in 1992 and 2018. Both venues — the Metrodome and U.S. Bank Stadium — are (or were) enclosed.