Now I know that it was below zero here the past couple of days, but there is no way on God's green earth that Fort Collins should appear at #23 on the list of 'America's 25 Coldest Cities.' I just wouldn't call this a cold place to live. Although, in the spirit of full disclosure, the last two places I have lived are #13 and #16 on the list, so maybe I'm not the right person to ask.

The Daily Beast (part of the Newsweek company) published a list this week of the 25 Coldest Cities in America. They used criteria like average winter temperature, coldest day on record, warmest winter day on record, and number of days with snow.

Fort Collins came it at #23.  That's hard for me to believe.  My move to Northern Colorado this past March was a giant leap in climate upgrades. I love the weather here. Longer summers and milder winters compared to my previous homes in #13 Bozeman, Montana and #16 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here's the complete list:

  1. Fairbanks, Alaska
  2. Grand Forks, North Dakota
  3. Bismarck, North Dakota
  4. Fargo, North Dakota
  5. Watertown, South Dakota
  6. Aberdeen, South Dakota
  7. Laramie, Wyoming
  8. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  9. Duluth, Minnesota
  10. Butte, Montana
  11. Rochester, Minnesota
  12. Sioux City, Iowa
  13. Bozeman, Montana
  14. Wasilla, Alaska
  15. Newport, Vermont
  16. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  17. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  18. Idaho Falls, Idaho
  19. Casper, Wyoming
  20. Rock Springs, Wyoming
  21. Des Moines, Iowa
  22. Great Falls, Montana
  23. Fort Collins, Colorado
  24. St. Albans, Vermont
  25. Iowa City Iowa

I guess there's two things I take from this article. 1) It's all about perspective. #23 Fort Collins seems tropical when you're coming from #13 Bozeman. And 2) Never move to North Dakota.