It's All Relative

The cold weather, I mean.

"You're from Chicago.  You should be used to cold weather!"

If I had a nickel for every time I heard that.  It's true: I grew up near Chicago where it is much colder in the winter than it is in Eastern Carolina.  I've lived here for nearly seven years, and the climate here is my new "normal."  When the temperature here is forecast to be 14 degrees in the overnight, I think that's cold!  It doesn't compare with the fact that the temperature probably won't get above freezing mark where most of my family members live today, but still, this is cold by Eastern Carolina standards.

If you spend anytime reading the messages people post to stories at, you know things can get pretty contentious between people posting.  Things are even heating up on the story about the cold weather (pardon the pun).  Some are saying the weather here is not cold, but that's actually cold in a place where they grew up.  Then another person calls them a transplant and says they should consider going back to where we came from.  Just goes to show you: it's all relative, especially what one defines as cold weather.


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  • by Jack Location: N Pitt on Jan 27, 2009 at 01:05 AM
    I'm retired from Chicago now living in enc, to make a long story short. You won't see me moving back to Chicago. It is all relative, like the snow & cold, like grandchildren. They come, they eat, they leave. And its still fun to bounce snow balls at them.
  • by cold and mad on Jan 18, 2009 at 09:27 PM
    i say once the weather gets to be freezing its officially cold. cant imagine anyone arguing with that unless theyve got polar bear pants on, and if they do, God bless em.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 18, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    I have experienced most areas in our nation during the winter. I think -25 is the coldest I can remember experiencing. That is brutal. With that said, I can say this: When it is 14 here in Eastern Carolina......It is still brutal. For anyone who thinks that isn't cold, I say go stand outside for several hours in it without any real cold weather gear on and then tell us that. I don't care where you are from...14 degrees is cold. I would not want to die freezing to death. I am sure it would be a miserable way to go.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Jan 17, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    Growing up in New England, I hear the same thing that you do, Heather! However, i truly believe that as time goes along, your body adapts to the extremes in the area you live. Translation: my blood has thinned out for sure. 10 degrees up north is 10 degrees here. In either case, I want NO part of any cold snap like the one we are experiencing!

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