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Map shows Minnesota's insane temperature swings compared to rest of the country

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If you're a Minnesotan you know darn well what it's like to brave brutal cold in the winter and sweat out 10 pounds of water (or beer) in the summer. 

As it turns out, there are very few places in the United States that experience temperature swings the way Minnesota does – and a map highlighting the Minnesota experience has been created by climatologist Brian BrettSchneider. 

The northern half of Minnesota is in the ridiculous tier that shows temperature swings of 150-160 degrees, but it's in southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, that are in the absurd range of 160-plus-degree swings in temperatures. 

And wouldn't you know it, last Friday's heat index of 115 degrees in the Twin Cities represented a 170-degree swing from the coldest wind chill of the winter, which was -55 on January 30. 

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Parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois also experience temperature swings of 160-plus-degrees, but we'll take an educated guess and say Des Moines, Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago haven't reached 170 degrees of separation the way the Twin Cities has. 

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