MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans — you have a reason to complain.
According to the Winter Misery Index, a measuring stick developed by State Climatologist Pete Boulay, the Twin Cities are officially dealing with the worst winter in 30 years.READ MORE: Appeals Court: Judge Erred In Not Reinstating 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
“Everyone always says that winters today aren’t as bad as they used to be,” Boulay said. “Now we have a winter that was like when you were a kid.”
The index is based on a points formula that awards points based on cold, snowfall and snow depth.
One point goes for each low temperature at or below zero and each high temperature 10 degrees or colder. There’s one point for a 1-inch snowfall gets, bonus points for snowfalls of four and eight inches. There’s also one point for every day that the snow depth is 12 inches or more.READ MORE: HealthPartners Now Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations
As of Feb. 28, we are currently at 180 points. That’s the highest Misery Index since the winter of 1983-84.
“It’s highly likely we will top 222 points, which will put us in the ‘Very Severe’ category,” Boulay said. “There have been only six of those winters since 1900.”
Boulay said it’s possible, but unlikely this winter will top the all-time high of 305 points in 1916-17. The all-time low WMI was set just two years ago — 16 points in 2011-12.
A St. Paul native, Boulay got the idea for a WMI on a daily report in the Pioneer Press, called the ‘Pain in the Posterior Index’ which measured winter’s wrath.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In MN: 1 Year Since 1st Case Detected In MN, Total Cases Approaching 490,000
One bright spot not measured by the WMI is sunshine. While this winter is miserable, it has not been gloomy with a near-record number of sunny days.