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19 Winter Lessons To Learn From The Midwest

This is a crash course for the seasonally challenged (looking at you California). When you're ready to brave some real winter weather, make sure you stay warm with a TurboDown coat from Columbia Sportswear!

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1. This is an accurate map.

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2. These leaves are a tell-tale sign that real winter is coming.

3. This pile of leaves is not a sign of winter.

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4. Real winter is all about snow.

5. This does not count as snow.

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6. This is an appropriate real winter outfit.

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Note how it tells that snow what's what.

7. This is not. This is ridiculous.

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Note how the snow is making a complete fool of his head.

8. Real winter is about telling ice who's boss.

9. It is not about consuming it.

This ice makes no sense in winter.
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This ice makes no sense in winter.

10. Real winter means skating on a lake...

11. ...not on a beach, and not in jorts!

12. Real winter is about melting salt.

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13. Not delicious salt.

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This clam knows not real winter.

14. Real winter is about fresh fish.

15. Real winter has nothing to do with fish tacos and a view of the coast.

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16. Real winter means it's actually cold.

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17. 60 degrees doesn't count as cold.

18. Real winter isn't for the weak of heart.

19. It's for the Midwest, which doesn't really want to hear your winter complaints this year.

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