Cold U.S. Temperatures Expected To Break Records As ‘Polar Vortex’ Blasts Midwest

 

 

I’m in Illinois, and we are now getting large flakes of snow on top of what is already here. Why does the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” come top mind? 🙂

The Fifth Column

The Huffington Post

The weather warnings are dire: Life threatening wind chills. Historic cold outbreak. Bitter cold temperatures.

Winter is normally cold, but starting Sunday tundra-like temperatures are poised to deliver a rare and potentially dangerous sledgehammer blow to much of the Midwest, driving temperatures so far below zero that records will shatter.

One reason? A “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, which will send cold air piled up at the North Pole down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.

The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, N.D., minus 31 in International Falls, Minn., and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago. At those temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbitten in minutes and hypothermia can quickly set in because wind chills could hit 50, 60 or even 70 below zero.

Temperature records will likely be broken during the short, yet forceful…

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Posted on 01/04/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. yikes 12 and 16 are temps forecast where my kiddo is in Oklahoma! Y’all just need to come on down here!

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    • Mindyme2. LOL!! By the time we could get transportation to make it to Florida, Spring will be here.
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  2. Two sides to a story

    And on the other side of the pond, lots of rain, storm surges and extreme flooding on UK coasts. I just unwittingly sent my daughter right into the eye of worst days of the storm to a coastal university. She made it, but had to transfer from train to bus near the end of the journey because the trains couldn’t make it into the coastal univeristy town . . . lots of dramatic pictures from all parts of the UK and Ireland online. And the university is delaying opening the term for another week, so she could have stayed home if only we could have changed the airfare, but that’s all water under the bridge now, LOL!

    The new weird will likely be the norm for many decades to come.

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  3. It was down to -0.4 here in NJ about 4 AM last night. It’s up to a balmy 28 now.

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    • Now, that is one nifty picture with the impression of the door on the snow!

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      • Yahtzee. Yeah. That’s what happens when the snow blows against a door and the temp is low. When you open the door, the snow is there in the same pattern. If you’re not careful, it’ll fall inside too. LOL!!

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