Skip to comments.Get ready for it to feel as cold as MINUS SIXTY! Nation braces for coldest temperatures in 40 YEARS
Posted on 01/04/2014 7:33:23 PM PST by Windflier
Experts have warned that Friday's freezing temperatures were simply a warm-up and that this weekend will bring a big chill for 140 million people - almost half the nation - that could prove fatal for the unprepared - and will continue through the winter.
With the Northeast still reeling from the huge storm that dumped as much as two-feet of snow across the region and was responsible for the deaths of 16 people, a new weather system is threatening to bring record low temperatures to the Midwest as a polar vortex barrels over the United States.
'It's the mother lode of cold air,' said Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore. 'On the heels of what will be the coldest air of the season, will be dangerous, life-threatening winds.'
Because of the winds, 'It may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states,' the National Weather Service said to NBC News. 'In those conditions, frost bite sets in on exposed skin within five minutes.'
Moore said that as the freakishly cold weather hits the region, authorities need to act fast to avoid a human catastrophe because of the chill.
'Anybody living out on the streets needs to be rounded up and put into a shelter,' said Moore to MSNBC News.
'The repercussions ... could be deadly, and I'm afraid we're going to see cases like that.'
The temperature predictions are startling: 25 below zero in Fargo, North Dakota, minus 31 in International Falls, Minnesota, and 15 below in Indianapolis and Chicago.
The so-called 'polar vortex' will send cold air piled up at the North Pole down to the U.S., funneling it as far south as the Gulf Coast.
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I guess a “hockey stick” would really come in handy.
Why is this news in the UK?
Why can’t we tap into those ‘millions of degrees’ of heat in the center of the Earth that Al Gore told us about?
Something similar hit southern PA exactly twenty years ago in 1994.
On a morning with the low about -20F I watched the steam cloud from the local paper mill just hold motionless over the town in a windless arctic clear blue sky.
In the town itself there was steady snow precipatating from the cloud. Inches of it! Outside of town, brilliant sunshine.
Stay safe and warm, FRiends.
We need everyone to keep their SUVs running 8 hours a day and maybe frequently spray a little deodorant on your armpits. We need some “global warming”. Bad!
Sorry, that would only warm the earth even more than it is now. Haven't you any compassion for those poor sweltering polar bears?
They’re doing that in Iceland- most of the power there is geothermal.
Globull warming. Brrrrrrr.
I HATE the use of the wind chill factor and ‘feels like’ to describe the actual temperature. Just tell me the dang temperature...
Or a few thermometers that aren't strategically placed near rooftop air conditioners, or on airport tarmacs.
We fascinate them.
Imagine how cold it would be if it weren't for gorebull warming.
Here is a neat website
Both of my 8 cylinder global warmers have been doing their part, but they’re clear down here in Texas. Sorry...
My heart goes out to a lot of people who have to face this cold spell.
I get confused with all that too. I've resorted to just poking my head outside to figure out what the day's going to be like.
Hope you’re staying warm, boss. Can’t be too bad in Fresno, but I have seen ice on the ground there before.
Happy New Year!
I lived in Williston for about 3 years when my husband was transferred there. This Texan learned what cold its! LOL!
Those people know cold! OTOH, it was the only place we lived where there was no hot lunch program in the schools. The kids walked home for lunch every day...............The nicest people lived there, and we have stayed friends with several of them.
They’ve had a huge oil boom recently in the Williston area, and I have heard that the population is skyrocketing!
That's why I love Freepers. Their logic is freaking impeccable :-)
“Why is this news in the UK?”
Why is it news here?
Glad I am wintering in CA rather than home right now.
Same here. We joke at Algore's expense, but this stuff is no laughing matter for those who are about to bear the brunt of it.
An old friend of mine who works in the logging business out in western Canada once told me that there is nothing more miserable in life than changing the oil in his heavy equipment out in the field when it’s -30 or colder. Holy smokes — I’m freezing cold even just thinking about that.
They are predicting it to get maybe down into the high teens or low 20s here in the Florida Panhandle.
I know, I know, that is nothing to Yankees in Wisconsin or Minnesota but I will have to keep my faucets running to keep the pipes from freezing.
Freakish? Is it really freakish? We’ve had it worse than this. It’s been awhile since it’s been this cold, but I wouldn’t call it freakish. It’s winter in the Midwest.
January it is, but it has not been this cold here in MI in 20 years. Not that common.
Maybe “Sampled” would be more appropriate than “Warm up”!!!!
We’re winning the war on globull warming!
Global warming my frostbitten ass.
I really admire people who live in real snow country. As a native of the Southwest U.S., I’ve never had to endure the sort of ice and snow they regularly contend with.
About the worst winter I ever experienced, was when I lived for a time in southern England. For months, everything was blanketed in a layer of pure white frost. I never even knew what the temperature was because it was always expressed in Celsius. All I knew is that I was freezing my tookis off every day of the week, and it seemed like it would never end.
It gets colder than I like in DFW, but it’s mostly manageable. When it gets lower than 37 degrees outside, we can’t work, but thankfully there aren’t too many of those days.
Actually, “feels like” is the low information voter way of saying “removes heat from a body (of mass above freezing temperature) as fast as that temp with no wind.” It is actually a scientific measure of heat loss.
So at a wind chill of -20, you would lose as much heat (and freeze to death) as fast as at -20 temp with no wind. But at 33 degrees F, no matter the wind chill, ice won’t form.
Cool site. I set it for Dallas and bookmarked it. Thanks.
Why cant we tap into those millions of degrees of heat in the center of the Earth that Al Gore told us about?
Temps started going down around the same time we stopped, or at least limited oil drilling.... I see a pattern here.
DRILL BABY DRILL!
I’m in Minnesota. I maybe forced to contribute to the “warming” by leaving my car run all night.
That is the temperature at which propane freezes in it’s tank.
Its not so bad. Now that I’m older I don’t waste much time on winter. I’m kind of an ant. I spend my summer and fall with an eye on making winter easy and try to relax and stay inside.
When I was younger my friends and I proved how tough we were by being out and around in the worst possible weather. However I have got an urge to do some icefishing but I think I’ll wait till the rough stuff passes.
Will Jonassen2 months ago
in reply to primpal08
Well, I've personally shared just about everything I know - those things I have either seen, or could verifiably see with my own eyes, mainly - I live in FL by where it is easy to take a boat out to the gulf stream, and literally have watched it changed and muddy and shrink. It's Oct. I'm in shorts, no shirt. When I was a kid, it snowed here, or usually was at least near freezing by now....
Last 5-10, only hotter. 70 degrees above what it should be right now. I can't explain, thnk ur side is wrong.
“Theyre doing that in Iceland- most of the power there is geothermal.”
That’s an expensive place to live, but I think that in the capital, they just pay for the upkeep of the thermal works - no heating fuel bill!
It’s too bad that in most of the US, this type of energy is almost impossible to get at, except in the one place where you don’t need it - Hawaii.
This time lie of the last three decades...
Thanks! Weather has been nice here. Happy New Year!
I can’t even imagine what -30 feels like, or how anyone functions in freezing conditions like that.
We have to pack it in when it hits 37 because any colder and our fingers go numb. We’ve already blocked out Monday because the daytime high is only going to be about 30.