FORT KENT, Maine — Caribou is the city to beat, according to The Weather Channel, sponsors of the 2013 Toughest Weather City Tournament, and Tuesday is the day fans of the northern Maine community can cast their votes for it to move on to the finals.
Patterned after college basketball’s March Madness 64-team bracket, the weather tournament began with 64 cities from around the United States, all claiming the country’s toughest weather conditions.
“Caribou could win this tournament because of the 110 inches of snow they receive annually. Or they could win because of the 41 days of subzero cold they receive every year,” according to a statement on The Weather Channel’s website. “Both make for rough winters, which could be enough to carry them through the Northeast region of our bracket and beyond.”
After trouncing Syracuse by a voting ratio of four to one to win the Northeast region, Caribou is looking like an all-out favorite to win this tournament, according to The Weather Channel and Tuesday faces off against Fairbanks in the East vs. West showdown.
Voting in the Caribou and Fairbanks matchup continues all day Tuesday. The winner will face off with either Fargo or Lubbock in the finals to be decided by popular vote on Thursday with the winner announced Friday.
To vote for Caribou, visit http://www.weather.com/sports-rec/march-madness/Toughest-Weather-City-Tournament-20130315.