Reprieve is in sight from risky deep freeze across Midwest

01 February, 2019, 08:10 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • The National Weather Service’s chill map as of 11 a.m. on Jan. 29

So what exactly is a polar vortex? On the huge MI lake steam rose in to the air, because cold air is attracted masses over the warmer seawater. A wind chill of minus-20 degrees can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes.

Though climate change has been widely covered throughout our Opinions section over the years, as the frigid wind plagues the Bluff this week, here are some fast facts that help explain how "Global Waming [sic]" factors into the record setting temperatures we're experiencing. The eighteen-year-old was found unresponsive on campus early Wednesday morning just a short walk from his dorm, according to university officials.

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy High graduate's father, Michael Belz, said he was told by two doctors, a counselor and a UI police captain that his son's death was not alcohol-related.

One death involved an elderly IL man whose body was found hours after he had fallen trying to get back into his home.

At least two people - including a 70-year-old - died in the Detroit area of IL on Wednesday.

However, despite concern about extreme cold conditions, the president still seems to have difficulty differentiating between climate and weather. More than 2,000 people die every year across the USA in residential fires, with faulty heaters a significant factor in these disasters.

In Saco, Maine, firefighters had to worry about frostbite, slippery conditions and frozen gear as they chipped away at ice and snow to move hoses.

About nine injured motorists were taken to hospital.

Also according to the New York Times, in December 2017, parts of the US were 15 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit colder than average, but the world as a whole was.9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1979-2000 average. About 15 miles (24 km) south in the community of Ecorse, a former city councilman in his 70s and dressed only in sleepwear was also found dead on Wednesday, police there said.

FlightAware monitoring service said the weather forced the cancellation of 2,622 flights nationwide on Wednesday. About 1,700 flights in and out of Chicago airports were canceled.

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Classes at Chicago Public Schools remain closed Thursday due to the risky weather.

Temperatures in parts of the frigid Midwest were beating even the most frigid areas in the world on Wednesday.

A low of -23 deg C was forecast in Chicago and elsewhere in northern IL on Wednesday.

Homeless people huddle over steam grates near the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday amid extreme cold.

In a rare move, the U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery on January 30 in parts or all of several Midwest states, including Michigan, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and IL.

Temperatures in nearly a dozen states stretching more than 1,930km (1,200 miles) from the Dakotas to OH were forecast to be the coldest in a generation, if not on record.

John Gagan, a National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist, said: "The intensity of this cold air, I would say, is once in a generation". It probably would not happen at an official reporting station, which are usually airports, but would likely come in mid-morning from one of its cooperative weather observers in the coldest locations in Minnesota.

The brutal blast known as the polar vortex is a stream of cold air that spins around the stratosphere over the North Pole, but whose current has been disrupted and is now pushing south into the United States.

After a bitter-cold morning with temperatures that sank all the way to minus-48 in northwest Minnesota, with wind chills down to minus-65, the air ostensibly "warmed" Wednesday afternoon, to readings such as minus-18 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and minus-22 in Rockford, Illinois.

The cold weather goes back to a sudden warming far above the North Pole. They captioned the graphic, "winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening".



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