KUSA - If you think you know more about weather than basketball, then the Weather Channel has the bracket for you.
Now through early April, votes will be tallied for "America's Toughest Weather City." This version of March Madness pits 64 cities from across the country against each other to hash out which one has the most unforgiving climate.
Fargo, N.D. was 2012's winner.
In the first round, Denver faces Astoria, Ore. According to usclimatedata.com, Astoria's climate is marked by mild winters, occasional heat waves and almost double the average rainfall of the rest of the U.S.
Even though recent clear skies and warm temperatures might make Denver's climate seem mild, 10 years ago, it was a different story.
A blizzard thrashed the Denver area March 18 and 19, 2003, blanketing the city in 30 inches of snow, and closing Denver International Airport and Interstate 70 for days.
While most people may not remember the score of the 1984 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos, they probably remember the weather. Nine to 15 inches of snow fell in Denver that year, and 34 inches fell in the mountains.
If Denver survives the first round of "America's Toughest Weather City," it's set to face either Las Vegas or Hilo, Hawaii.
The final pits the winner of the western and midwestern regions against cities in the south and the northeast - which, if recent weather is indication, might be tough competition.
Heavy snow pelted Concord, N.H. Tuesday, leaving messy roads in its wake and adding to the more than $39 million New Hampshire has already spent on snow removal.
Up to 10 inches of snow could fall across the northeast before the winter storm moves out.
Voting for "America's Toughest Weather City" starts Tuesday for the first round of the northeastern and midwestern regions, and Wednesday for the southern and western regions (which includes Denver).
The "Final 4" and "National Championship" are slated for the week of April 2. The winner will be crowned on April 5.
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