A few years ago, when we moved back to Colorado from New Mexico, I bought a big down coat. I call it my "Saint Paul Parka."
I bought the coat because New Mexico has mild winters, I had lived there for a very long time and was suddenly commuting to the Twin Cities of Minnesota... specifically, Saint Paul. I knew my winter coat, that had been perfectly fine for New Mexico, was not going to cut it in Minnesota.
What I didn't realize at the time is that Northern Colorado gets just as cold, only it's not for as long. Of course the sun shines more here, but I digress. ;-)
So when the weather is like it is right now, I am grateful for my Saint Paul Parka.
We went below freezing (+32F) yesterday afternoon and will stay there for the next week.