PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s largest city is the only one in New England to get a winter ranking of “severe” in a new misery index.

National Weather Service meteorologist Barbara Mayes Boustead created an index to judge the severity of winters based on snowfall and plunging temperatures. She calls it a misery index.

Detroit was the clear winner, with the most extreme winter since 1950. Portland was the only city in New England to rank as “severe,” one notch below “extreme” and ranked 17 out of 64 communities.



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