North Dakota November 23, 2017
10 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A North Dakota Winter
Winter has arrived in North Dakota and we’ve already seen some of the quirks to the season that this state endures. Most people know that winters here can be hard, but what they don’t tell you is all these unusual things you might not be expecting to come along with it. Here are 10 things you’ll want to know about winter in the Peace Garden State if you’ve never experienced one before:
1. Winter will come and go without warning.
If you think winter is finally here when the temperature dips well below freezing and snow is falling, then you might be wrong. The next day it might be back up to mild summer-like weather and all the snow will have melted.
2. It's the wind you have to worry about more than anything.
The wind will bring a windchill that might be quite a few digits below zero and its the wind that creates the snowdrifts that can cover houses. That, and windy conditions during heavy snowfall can easily close both interstates and create zero visibility.
3. The days where the sky is crystal clear are usually the coldest.
If you wake up during the winter and find that the sky has nary a cloud in sight, it is probably going to be a cold one.
4. And if you see a "sundog," bundle up as much as you can.
A sundog is a natural light phenomenon that many mistake for lens flare in photographs. This circular visual spectacle around the sun will appear on extremely cold days.
5. Never say the words "I think winter is finally over," because you are almost sure to jinx it.
Just when you think it's finally warmed up and late enough in the year that spring must finally be here, it snows again. It doesn't matter if it's May.
6. A car having an autostart will become a big deciding factor in your next car purchase or upgrade.
Autostart is a blessing in the frigid winters of North Dakota when getting into your car after it's been in the negative temperatures all night or all day.
7. Just because a whole foot of snow drops in a single night, doesn't mean no one has to go to work or school.
Maybe other states shut down when just a single inch of snow falls, but if you're hoping that North Dakota will do the same you're going to be disappointed. It takes quite nasty conditions for counties to decide against travel. We're North Dakotans, we can take it. But as kids, we may have been a little disappointed to miss out on the snow days.
8. If you don't have a snowblower to combat all the snow in front of your house, your neighbor will probably be more than happy to lend you theirs - or even do it for you.
North Dakotans tend to be some of the nicest people when it comes to being a community, and there have been many times people have seen or experience neighbors and friends helping each other out during the worst of times in winter.
9. Just because it's winter doesn't mean North Dakotans stop going outdoors for fun.
Ice fishing and snowmobiling is a huge part of winter in North Dakota, and believe it or not but many people look forward to our heavy, chilly winters for them. Just because it may be freezing enough to keep out-of-staters indoors doesn't mean North Dakotans do, too.
10. Even though we are known for bleak, long winters, to survive them it helps to appreciate how beautiful they can be all the same.
Being an endless winter wasteland has become a North Dakota stereotype - which one, isn't true, and two, can be considered entirely differently by us. We could consider it a winter wonderland with how beautiful the snow makes the landscapes.
Here are a few times that the snow transformed North Dakota into a stunning landscape.
What other things do you think people should know about surviving North Dakota winters?