In 1983, North Dakota Plunged Into An Arctic Freeze That Makes This Year's Winter Look Downright Mild
Do you enjoy winter in North Dakota? No matter how much snow in North Dakota piles up this year, this probably won’t be the state’s worst winter. You may or may not remember the winter of 1983-84 here in the Peace Garden State, but in all of North Dakota’s history that one was a doozy. And it makes just about any winter look downright mild. Here’s why:
Do you remember that nasty winter in North Dakota? It’s crazy how cold and snowy it was! It certainly puts other winters to shame. But living in North Dakota it is pretty much to be expected. Check out more of North Dakota’s worst winters — and yes, this one made the list of course!
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Fun Facts About Winter in North Dakota
Does North Dakota have harsh winters?
North Dakota can safely claim to have some of the harshest winters in the lower 48 states. With the cold season running for four months from November until late March you'd better pack your long johns. North Dakota ranks as the coldest state in the lower 48.
How do people survive winter in North Dakota?
It is no joke that winters in North Dakota can be pretty intimidating. Being prepared when winter comes blowing into town is a must. Here are a few things that will help you survive winter in North Dakota:
1. Have sand, salt, or cat litter in your car: Just in case you find a stray cat, or maybe just in case you get stuck and need to lay the smackdown on some icy spots beneath your tires.
2. Allow extra driving time: You'll need to stop at every coffee shop to warm up. It's just a cold weather rule.
3. Pack extra socks: You never know when the urge to play sock puppets will strike.
4. Tell someone where you are going: If a sasquatch abducts you from your car they need to know where to start the search.
5. Have an emergency bag: Chocolate, snacks, and a few shots of whisky should do the trick. And bandaids in case you cut yourself on the chocolate bar wrapper.
6. Charge your phone: You never know when you'll be trapped behind a snow plow and can fire off a few quick rounds of solitaire.
7. Wear the right clothing: Bundle up buttercup. Save the Bermuda shorts for your trip to, well, Bermuda.
8. Always fill the tank: Getting stranded because you didn't have enough gas in the tank is a bonehead move - especially in the winter.
Now that you know how to survive winter in North Dakota, here are some things you probably didn't know about ND winters that locals will tell you about.