If the temperature never got above zero

This map, released today by the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, makes winter look just as bad as you think it’s been.

It added up all of the hours in which the temperature has been below zero and calculated the total number of days of nothing but below-zero weather.

For the Twin Cities, that’s about three weeks. For northern Minnesota, people might as well live underground.

Iowa Environmental Mesonet

The forecasters say the cold weather will continue into next week. Of course, a week ago some of them said the below-zero temperatures wouldn’t be back until next winter.