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Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay devised the Winter Misery Index as a measure of a bad winter. KARE

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Apparently, there's a Winter Misery Index to rate just how bad things have been this winter.

Inspired as a child by The Pioneer Press' "Pain in the Posterior Index," Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay devised the Winter Misery Index.

"It's a measure of how much misery there is in a winter, going off of how cold it is and how much snow we get," explained Boulay.

As you can imagine this winter ranks right up there.

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Here's how the misery index works. For every inch of snow there is in a given day, chalk up one point. If there's four inches of snow, bonus points are added for a total of five points. For every eight inches of snow, the state score's a bunch more.

The cold adds up too. For every night the temperature dips below zero, score a point. Bonus points are calculated if the temperature dips to 20 below or lower and then get this, if the high for the day doesn't reach 10 degrees, the state scores even more points.

So far, this 2013-2014 season we've tallied 207 on the Winter Misery Index.

"Basically if you're younger than 30-years-old, this is the most severe winter you've seen," said Boulay.

Older Minnesotans felt greater misery in the 70s and 80s.

The state also enjoyed one of the least miserable winter's in the past 115 years two years ago, with highs in the 80s in March. That winter we acquired 16 points.

For the record, this is now the 9th most miserable winter in the past 115 years.

"Just shows that we can still get a real winter in Minnesota," smiled Boulay.

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