Skip to comments.Vicious cold snap puts northern US in deep freeze ("Icebox of the Nation" Int'l Falls -46 below)
Posted on 01/22/2011 1:59:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge
CHICAGO (AFP) There is a brutally frigid point on the thermometer -- minus 40 degrees -- where Celsius and Fahrenheit meet, and it was even colder than that in parts of the US Midwest as an Arctic blast struck over the weekend.
Americans were bundling up Saturday as the coldest weather of the season was forecast to sock cities from Chicago to New York and Boston, with temperatures that have already prompted weather service warnings.
The coldest weather in two years slammed Minnesota, where International Falls -- which proudly proclaims itself the "Icebox of the Nation" -- recorded a shocking 46 degrees below zero (-43 Celsius).
The Friday temperature tied the town's coldest reading since it began keeping records in 1897.
By Saturday morning it had risen to a balmy -13 degrees (-25 C), the town's airport reported, but the forecast wind-chill factor was far colder, and the National Weather Service issued a hazard advisory warning of frostbite and "life-threatening hypothermia."
Much of New York state and the US northeast region known as New England will see temperatures barely reach the Fahrenheit teens on Saturday, forecasters at The Weather Channel (TWC) reported.
Friday's -4 degrees (-20 C) in Chicago marked the coldest January 21 in the Windy City in 27 years, broadcaster WGN reported.
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Even MORE proof of Globull Warming....
Not to unusual where I live. We usually have a week or two, sometimes more where the temps are minus something. Usually getting to around -30 to -50 below or so. One year right before we moved here there was one day when with the wind chill factor it got to
I’ve seen lots of videos of the wrecks in the NY area from people trying to drive on this crap. To that, I say “stop criticizing southerners now.” That’s the kind of winters we get ... when we get ‘em. Ice is not an easy thing to drive on.
-46 below means +46 since a minus times a minus is a plus.
I read a “Nation” article posted at FR yesterday where the nutcake author says GW is irreversible, we should have listened to the scientists 20 yrs. ago, and we are in for 50+ years of HEAT. They just don’t know when to stop, do they?;)
Some will be tuning the games in from their second home.
The fish may not always bite but the beer is always cold.
The idiot Weather Channel is still pushing hard for global warming while showing scenes all day of people up to their a$$es in snow and record setting cold temps.......it's almost humorous.
...and God is laughing, letting them know they know Jack S.
Aw. Hells Bells. You Southeners don’t know what cold is. I’m eight miles from the Atlantic Ocean in NJ here and it’s been in the ‘teens for days with a blizzard on the way next Tuesday. Going down to the single digits tonight. Gotta keep the water running or the pipes freeze and it’s only January. This is nothing.
Amen. We’ve been below 20 for days and days, with snow on top of it. I think it’s 12 degrees right now.
And I thought 50 was bad!
It can crispify your skin when it gets that nasty.. and more.
The air makes your lungs crackle and burn when you breathe it in too fast or hard.. icicles hang off your eyelids from your own perspiration after awhile and get frozen in place,, a mask is highly recommended and goggles and good insulated undies always help and wads of clothing. :-) I’ve been numbed but fortunately defrosted OK.
I agree with you. I’m not that impressed with International Falls. I’ve been in Northern Maine at 50 below a few times. The locals simply go about their business, as I imagine they do in your area.
Just out seeding some threads I see.. Good Luck!!
Looks like we are ‘rapidly’ approaching terminal velocity at the FReepathon!
I’m about ready to toss some logs in the hearth meself.. even tho it hit 70 here today :=]
The fact that no one can drive on ice doesn’t excuse southerners from being ill-equipped for driving on snow.
Damn. Maybe we’ve REMOVED too much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
You say “its only January” but, February 1st is the date that always gives me hope because every winter weather record of any kind around here was set in January, typically the last week.
The temperature didn't even hit 60 today here in Northern California.
I think you’re right. I was a little kid in the late fifties, grew up in the sixties(Northern NJ), seems winter was really cold then and the snows were deep. In the ‘80’s I lived in a little place outside Cooperstown NY , Westford was the name of the place. Its was -25-in March!
Four competitors wait to compete in the UK Cold Water Swimming
Championships at the Tooting Bec lido in London January 22, 2011.
We got slammed with a huge storm here last Feb. It was awful. My wife is a nurses aide at the local hospital. She had to stay over for two days. I couldn’t get her because the streets weren’t plowed enough to get though. I missed two days of work too. Spring will be here soon enough and then Summer. And I’ll be complaining about the heat. Oh well, that’s life right?
I hear you. We’ve had the faucet in the tub trickling since Tuesday night. If you don’t do this the pipes freeze.
Not all. When the temps drop to the 50 to 60 degree range, old Cajun will wear a t-shirt under his short sleeves. When the temps drop to 40 to 50 degree range I'll switch to flannel long sleeves. Only in the 20 to 40 degree range will I wear a jacket and find lots of reasons not to be outside for too long, especially if it's raining or worse.
I've never seen forty below. But I have seen thirty below on several occasions.
But I have never been so cold as the day I spent working the floor of a pecan orchard in Central Alabama with the temperature 35-38 above and a north wind blowing mist/drizzle/occasional snowflake.
I was fully and warmly dressed -- inside a pair of quilted coveralls. And, when I got home, I had to sit in front of the fire for two hours before my bones thawed out.
As they say, "It's the humidity..."
We hit over 70 here in San Jose today .. but I am a native Minniesodan.. have a large number of family there.. and I do miss ice fishing.
Brrr! You’re making me shiver, even though it’s 79 in SoCal and will be all week. So THAT’S why we pay the big bucks to live here among the fruits and nuts...
I’m in NJ too. Did you just say blizzard on Tues? I better go check Accuweather right now...
Warm globally, cool locally! LOL!
I lived in NOLA for 30 years and the sales on coats was fantastic. Every year I would purchase some of the best parkas, coats, leather, blazers, etc. b/c the sale prices would be so fantastic I couldn’t resist. I was able to buy a full lenghth leather coat for 75 percent off. I wore that coat, which I loved, about 3 times a year if I was lucky. Also, every year, I would donate coats to the Womens organizations who were protecting abuse women and children. We would also go to the Quarter and hand out coats and blankets since it does get pretty cold at night. In addition, we (just a bunch of friends) would also buy coats for kids that we could get for $5 to $15 dollars at nice department stores. We gave those away too.
I guess this can be summed up as vanity that resulted in helping those in a bad situation. It just felt good.
That reminds me, I need to get some pruning done at this rate.. rumor is rain will be back in February.. along with yet another crop of weeds. I have seen lots of bees around lately .. little and large ones too..
Yep pretty much, they just bundle up well and go. I don’t like it, even the house feels terribly cold. It’s suppose to be 21 monday. Sounds silly but, when it’s been this cold, when it gets to 21 it actually feels warm.
I’ve been out in the wind when it was just in the teens and it hurts your eyes. Mine start to water. I went out the other day to just do a quick shoveling off of our walk, it was about 1 degree, not much wind. I was out less then a minute, with my usual clothing on, nothing special. Yea, I know it wasn’t the brightest thing to do. By the time I got in the house my hands were hurting so bad, just aching. Wouldn’t take to long out in that to get frost bite.
Yeah, they’re saying a storm of some note is heading for us. Tuesday into Wenesday.
It was -46 degrees this morning, right outside the kitchen window. If this little town in the Lower 48 is “the nation’s icebox,” I’d have to say that the village in Alaska where I live should be “the nation’s cryogenic storage facility.”
Perhaps I am hallucinating from the cold, but yesterday, it was around 10 above at noon and sunny, with no wind. Just standing on the deck, I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face. This usually doesn’t happen until February.
-15 again tonight, but then it will be seasonal and all the way up to 30 next Friday, or so the forecast says. That is a heat wave!
We are waiting for the real thaw.
Colder means warmer.
Globull Warming. Embrace the insanity.
Gee, I have this nice photo of the thermometer on Thursday morning at -52 degrees... I’m trying to show it here... but I can’t figure out how to post photos.
I remember - 70 in Wisconsin in early 1961. That was long before the words “wind chill factor’ were strung together.
I am liking the Beach better....wonder what it is in KC and St Louis?
May have to call someone.
I lived in southern Indiana during the 60’s. Had a paper route in 63 and 64 and remember delivery papers when it was -10 to -15 degrees for 3 or 4 days in a role. I had a ski mask, parka, cigarette lighter style hand warmer, wool socks and shearling lined boots, but the paper got delivered every morning.
You live in San Jose? I grew up there! East side, up in the foothills, went to Piedmont Hills High School when it was first built. SJ was an agricultural town of 100,000 when my parents moved there in 1958. The Santa Clara Valley was full of orchards: apricots, almonds, walnuts, and plums. Different world back then. I couldn’t afford to live there now.
And you still moved in anyway? I shall call you Antifreeze Annie .. LOL
Have a warm day!
Good Grief! I was bitching about -6 here in Colorado.
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