A CondorLiving Winter

Condor Corporation is proud to own and operate five apartment communities located in two states – Minnesota and Florida. While one could argue that the residents in Florida have it nicer during the winter, there is a lot to be said for the beauty of the snow and cold in Minnesota.

This year Minnesota has had an unusual weather pattern with varying temperatures and little snowfall – so far anyway. Here are some little-known facts about snow and some great wintertime pictures of all our beautiful communities this time of year.



  1. The world’s largest snowflake was reported to be 15 inches across and 8 inches thick. The Guinness Book of World Records states that this giant snowflake was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887.
  2.  Snow is not white, it is actually clear and colorless. The white appearance in caused by the snow crystals absorbing sunlight and reflecting it.
  3. The most snow ever recorded in a 24-hour period in the USA occurred at Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921 and was 76 inches of snow.
  4. Mt. Baker ski area in Washington State has the world record for snowfall at 1,140 inches of snow in the 1998/1999 winter season.
  5. 80% of all the freshwater on earth is frozen as ice or snow. This accounts for 12% of the earth’s surface.
  6. Winter storms must meet the following criteria to be classified as blizzard: visibility must be under 1/4 mile; winds must be continuously 35 mph or more; and the storm must last at least 3 hours.
  7. The U.S. averages 105 snow-producing storms per year. A typical storm will have a 2-5 day lifetime and drop snow in multiple states.
  8. All snowflakes have 6 sides.


No matter how interesting and beautiful the snow is, it can still get downright unbearable in Minnesota when the snow lasts well into spring. The average winter temperature in Florida is 72 degrees, and the good news for Condor’s Minnesota residents is that we offer affordable guest suites for rent at our Florida community. If you’re interested in joining the flocks of snow birds that travel to warmer climes during the winter months, talk to your Community Manager for details about our Gulf Gate guest suite rentals.


Minnesota to Florida — your communities are beautiful places to call home! 


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