Central Park Breaks 118-Year Low Temperature – Record Lows Across the USA

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In New York City, Central Park was 5F on  Tuesday, the coldest January 7 since 1896, according to NBC New York.

5th Avenue at Central Park

Elsewhere in the Midwest, forecasters warned Chicago and Indianapolis could see  overnight lows of minus 12 F (-24 C), Minneapolis minus 29 F (-34 C) and Fargo,  N.D., minus 31 F (-31 C). The coldest temperature reported in the lower 48  states on Sunday was minus 40 F (-40 C) in the towns of Babbitt and Embarrass,  Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.

Doris and Cliff Woest celebrate their 62nd anniversary with a walk along the Midway Village Museum Loop on Sunday in Rockford, Ill. The couple walk every day no matter what the weather is.

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Doris and Cliff Woest celebrate their  62nd anniversary with a walk along the Midway Village Museum Loop on Sunday in  Rockford, Ill. The couple walk every day no matter what the weather is.

Brutal, life-threatening cold descended over  the East and the South, sending the mercury plummeting on Tuesday into the  single digits and teens from New York and Washington to Atlanta, Nashville and  Birmingham – where many people have little experience in dealing with freezing  weather.

With temperatures at 22 below zero with a -50 windchill, it was hard to find the beauty in the brutal weather in Bismarck, N.D., on Sunday.

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With temperatures at 22 below zero  with a -50 windchill, it was hard to find the beauty in the brutal weather in  Bismarck, N.D., on Sunday.

After pounding the Midwest  and Great  Lakes over the weekend, snow from winter storm Ion started to move  into the East on Tuesday.

A woman falls while slipping on ice during freezing rain on Roosevelt Island on Sunday.

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A woman falls while slipping on ice  during freezing rain on Roosevelt Island on Sunday.

The morning weather map for the eastern half  of the U.S. was dotted with lots of small, negative numbers with the Midwest and  the East were colder than much of Antarctica.

The  historic freeze shuttered schools, businesses and made road conditions  treacherous. More than 3,700 flights –  around one out of every 10 domestic departures – were canceled on Monday with  delays continuing today. The majority of cancellations were in Chicago,  Cleveland, New York and Boston.

Garret Kelenske, 49, works to remove snow on the sidewalk in Muskegon Heights, Michigan on Tuesday as temperatures reached record lows across the countryGarret Kelenske, 49, works to remove snow on the  sidewalk in Muskegon Heights, Michigan on Tuesday as temperatures reached record  lows across the country

St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church's fountains were frozen over Tuesday just after sunrise in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where locals are unaccustomed to such temperatures

St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church’s fountains  were frozen over Tuesday just after sunrise in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where  locals are unaccustomed to such temperatures

A vehicle drives through a barely visible intersection of Route 33 and Batavia Stafford Townline Road on Tuesday in Stafford, New York. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S.A vehicle drives through a barely visible intersection  of Route 33 and Batavia Stafford Townline Road on Tuesday in Stafford, New York.  Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from  the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S.

Snow covers an Abraham Lincoln statue in Hackley Park on Tuesday in  Muskegon, Michigan

Snow covers an Abraham Lincoln statue in Hackley Park on  Tuesday in  Muskegon, Michigan

An exterior waterfall that froze overnight is seen at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC on TuesdayAn exterior waterfall that froze overnight is seen at  the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC on  Tuesday

Cold snap: Temperatures across the U.S. on Tuesday afternoon (EST) as more than half the country battled the effects of a 'polar vortex' of frigid arctic airCold snap: Temperatures across the U.S. on Tuesday  afternoon (EST) as more than half the country battled the effects of a ‘polar  vortex’ of frigid arctic air

Ice forms on rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across from lower Manhattan in New York on Tuesday

Ice forms on rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across  from lower Manhattan in New York on Tuesday

A woman and young boy head to school in Manhattan on Tuesday morning

Commuters exit Union Station with wind chills nearing  minus 30F in downtown Chicago (left) as a woman and young boy head to school in  Manhattan on Tuesday morning

Almost 1,200 flights were canceled at  Chicago’s two airports on Tuesday as a deep freeze lingers across the  country.

Patti Jean Pasquino sleds down a hill with her daughter Emily, 2, alongside her son Anthony, 4, and her husband Michael, on Sunday in Hawthorne, N.J.

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Patti Jean Pasquino sleds down a hill  with her daughter Emily, 2, alongside her son Anthony, 4, and her husband  Michael, on Sunday in Hawthorne, N.J.

The city’s Department of Aviation said today  that airlines have canceled about 1,000 flights at O’Hare International Airport.  Another 180 were canceled at Midway International Airport. Delays were reported  at both facilities.

On Monday, airlines canceled about 1,700  flights at the two airports, while 1,300 were canceled Sunday when nearly foot  of snow fell on the city.

The National Weather Service says the  temperature was 10 degrees below zero at O’Hare on Tuesday morning, although the  wind chill made it feel significantly colder. By midday, the temperature climbed  to two below.

Enormous waves break on Porthcawl harbour in South Wales on Monday.

Ben Birchall/AP  Enormous waves break on Porthcawl  harbour in South Wales on Monday.

Georgia, where the temperature  dropped into  the single digits, was colder than many cities in Alaska.  While Kodiak and  Juneau registered 39 and Anchorage was at 27, Atlanta  dipped to 6 degrees early  in the morning, or nearly 30 degrees below the average low this time of  year.

‘This is severely cold for these parts,’ said  Brian Lynn, a National Weather  Service meteorologist in Peachtree City,  Georgia. ‘Single digits are a  rare event.’

Farther south  in Pensacola, Florida, a Gulf  Coast city better known for its white sand beaches than frost, streets normally  filled with joggers, bikers and  people walking dogs were deserted early on  Tuesday as temperatures  remained in the teens after sunrise. 

The Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice near North Avenue Beach as cold temperatures remain with wind chills nearing minus 30F on TuesdayThe Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice  near North Avenue Beach as cold temperatures remain with wind chills nearing  minus 30F on Tuesday

A passenger catches the train today in Chicago, Illinois. Many trains were delayed on the system because doors on the trains kept freezing open

A passenger catches the train today in Chicago,  Illinois. Many trains were delayed on the system because doors on the trains  kept freezing open

A salesmen at a dealership digs out cars covered in snow in Indianapolis on Tuesday as temperatures hovered around zero

A salesmen at a dealership digs out cars covered in snow  in Indianapolis on Tuesday as temperatures hovered around zero

Map of the U.S. on Tuesday shows wind chill temperatures throughout the lower 48 states; wind chill advisories and warnings are in effect for 32 states from Montana to southern FloridaMap of the U.S. on Tuesday shows wind chill temperatures  throughout the lower 48 states; wind chill advisories and warnings are in effect  for 32 states from Montana to southern Florida

 

A sign on a bank near the bus stop flashed 19  degrees at around 8am.  Patches of ice sparkled in parking lots where puddles  froze overnight.

In the East, a blizzard smothered western New  York with up to 18 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 50 mph. As much as 3  feet of snow could  fall there by the time the storm eases on  Wednesday.

In New York City, Central Park was 5F on  Tuesday, the coldest January 7 since 1896, according to NBC New York.

Airports LaGuardia, Newark and JFK were also  hit with record lows.  Newark airport fell to 4 degrees, according to the  National Weather  Service.

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Temperatures in parts of West Virginia hit  lows not seen for 25 years, while the  extreme cold in Virginia broke records  that had stood since the late  1950s.

The National  Weather Service said the  mercury bottomed out at 3 degrees before  sunrise at Baltimore-Washington  Thurgood Marshal International Airport,  with a wind chill of minus  16.

Forecasters said some 187 million people in  all could feel the effects of the  ‘polar vortex’ by the time it spread across  the country.

PJM Interconnection, which operates the power  grid supplying energy to more than 61 million people in the Mid-Atlantic,  Midwest and South, asked  users to conserve electricity because of the cold,  especially in the  morning and late afternoon.

Meanwhile, recovery was the focus in several  Midwestern states. The subzero cold  followed inches of snow and high winds that  made traveling treacherous  and was blamed for numerous deaths in Michigan,  Illinois, Indiana and  Ohio.

On Monday, the temperatures reached such  extreme lows across the Midwest  that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago was forced to  keep their polar bear  Anana indoors in a ‘climate-controlled’ area.

A zoo spokesman explained polar bears in the  Arctic would normally  develop a fat blubber layer to deal with sub-zero  temperatures but that  Anana hasn’t done so in the generally warmer environment  of the windy  city.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike  Pence issued disaster declarations, a first step toward seeking federal  aid.

At least 15,000 customers in Indiana were  without power early on Tuesday.  Utility crews worked to restore service as  temperatures plunged into the negative teens, but officials warned that some  customers could be in  the cold and dark for days.

The big freeze: Half the US shivers on coldest  day for decades

A man bundled against the cold grabs a hot coffee as temperatures dipped into the single digits on Tuesday in Washington, DC
A woman bundled against the cold walks from the metro as temperatures with the wind chill making it feel even colder in DC

A man bundled against the cold grabs a hot coffee as  temperatures dipped into the single digits on Tuesday in Washington, DC (left).  A woman wraps up warm for the walk to the metro as the wind chill made it feel  even colder in the nation’s capital

 
A commuter departs from Union Station with wind chills nearing minus 30F in Chicago (left) as a man struggles to stay warm on the streets of New York City

A commuter departs from Union Station with wind chills  nearing minus 30F in Chicago (left) as a man struggles to stay warm on the  streets of New York City

A man crosses in front of a steam vent in downtown Detroit, Michigan as a deep freeze set in along much of the eastern seaboard

A man crosses in front of a steam vent in downtown  Detroit, Michigan as a deep freeze set in along much of the eastern  seaboard

A man walks past a snow encrusted bicycle with wind chills nearing minus 30F on Tuesday, in downtown Chicago

A man walks past a snow encrusted bicycle with wind  chills nearing minus 30F on Tuesday, in downtown Chicago

More than 500 Amtrak passengers spent the  night on three trains headed for  Chicago that were stranded because of blowing  and drifting snow in  Illinois. Spokesman Marc Magliari said all the passengers,  traveling  from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Quincy, Ill., would reach Chicago  by train or bus later Tuesday.

Warmer weather – at least, near or above  freezing – is in the forecast for  much of the eastern half of the U.S.  Indianapolis should reach 27  degrees on Wednesday, and other cities in the  Midwest and in the East  could climb above freezing later in the  week.

 

By Wednesday, subzero high temperatures will  be virtually gone from the  Lower 48 States. On Thursday, highs in the 20s or  30s in much of the  Great Lakes and Northeast will seem downright balmy compared  to earlier  in the week.

The deep freeze is to blame for at least 13  deaths so far – almost all of them from traffic accidents. A man in Wisconsin  died of hypothermia, while an elderly woman with  Alzheimer’s was found dead in  the snow about 100 yards away from her home in New York state after wandering  out.

A furious blaze engulfed Happy's Pizza shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan today as icicles hung from the traffic signs nearby in the arctic temperaturesA furious blaze engulfed Happy’s Pizza shop in Ann  Arbor, Michigan today as icicles hung from the traffic signs nearby in the  arctic temperatures

Ann Arbor firefighters covered in ice work to put out a fire that engulfed Happy's Pizza in Michigan on Tuesday

Ann Arbor firefighters covered in ice work to put out a  fire that engulfed Happy’s Pizza in Michigan on Tuesday

Ice covers the street and cross walk sign as Ann Arbor firefighters worked for several hours in temperatures that dipped to 15 degrees below zero to extinguish a blaze at the pizza shop. No injuries were reported following the fireIce covers the street and cross walk sign as Ann Arbor  firefighters worked for several hours in temperatures that dipped to 15 degrees  below zero to extinguish a blaze at the pizza shop. No injuries were reported  following the fire

 

Coldest morning in decades as polar vortex slams  U.S.

Monday’s subzero temperatures broke records  in Chicago, which set a record for  the date at minus 16, and Fort Wayne,  Indiana, where the mercury fell to 13 below.

Records  also fell in Oklahoma and Texas, and  wind chills across the region were  40 below and colder. Officials in states  like Indiana already struggling with high winds and more than a foot of snow  urged residents to stay  home if they could.

‘The  cold is the real killer here,’  Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said on  Monday as he asked schools and  businesses to remain closed another day.  ‘In 10 minutes you could be dead  without the proper clothes.’

In Minnesota, officials took the rare step of  closing all of the state’s  public schools on Monday – the first time in 17  years.

Schools across  Chicago, Milwaukee and St  Louis were also closed, while officials in  Washington D.C. and as far south as  Atlanta have announced school  closures today.

Ice covers rocks and brush on the break wall at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio as half the U.S. was battered by winter storm IonIce covers rocks and brush on the break wall at  Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio as half the U.S. was battered by winter storm  Ion

 

On Monday the winds made it feel like 55  below zero in International Falls, Minnesota, and parts of the Midwest  accustomed to temperatures that are cold – albeit seldom this cold.

But  even the coal fields of Virginia and  West Virginia, the wind chill was  negative 35.

A frozen bird was pictured in a backyard in Lafayette, Indiana as the temperature dropped to -13FA frozen bird was pictured in a backyard in Lafayette,  Indiana as the temperature dropped to -13F

Every major  weather-reporting station in  Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin  reported temperatures below zero at 11am  on Monday, and South Dakota  would have joined them if not for the reading of 1  at Rapid City.

The coldest temperature reported in a 24-hour  period through Monday was -36 degrees at Crane Lake, Minnesota. The warmest: 84  at Hollywood and Punta  Gorda, Fla.

On Monday morning, Nashville was 40 degrees  colder than Albany, New York.  Memphis, Tennessee, was 20 degrees colder than  Anchorage, Alaska. And  Atlanta was colder than Moscow – either Russia or  Idaho.

In the Great Lakes region, temperatures  hovered in the negative 20s –  before wind chill, which dropped temps to the  negative 50s, making it  very dangerous to go outside.

Meteorologists have warned about ‘dangerous,  life-threatening winds’, that can inflict frostbite on exposed skin in just 10  minutes.

Temperatures are so cold across the Midwest  that antifreeze in residents’ cars could freeze, the National Journal pointed out. The popular  brand freezes at 34 degrees – and the coldest  temperature on Monday afternoon  was minus 35 in Crane Lake, Minnesota.

‘Skin freezes in just five minutes with a  wind chill of minus 50,’ said HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen as wind chills are putting temperatures in northern  Minnesota at 60 below zero.

For a big chunk of the Midwest, the  subzero  temperatures were moving in behind another winter wallop: more  than a foot of  snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous.

With wind chills as low as 45 below zero at  some airports, workers could only remain exposed on the ramp for a few minutes.  That made loading and unloading luggage a challenge.

JetBlue Airways stopped all scheduled flights  to and from New York and Boston.

Operations will begin to ramp up  again at  10am on Tuesday and the airline expects to be fully operational by 3pm on  Tuesday. It will allow the company to rest crew and give it  time to service  aircraft.

American Airlines said temperatures were so  cold at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport that fuel and de-icing liquids  were actually frozen. United Airlines said its fuel is pumping slower than  normal in Chicago.

Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York on TuesdayIce forms on the shore of the East River due to  unusually low temperatures caused by a polar vortex in New York on  Tuesday

Bitter cold weather and snow hit St. Louis area

A snow sweeper clears the area of snow around the Rogers Hornsby statue in front of Busch Stadium in St. Louis. UPI

 Snow hammers St. Louis

A Crestwood motorist tries to get his car moving along Watson Road in St. Louis as heavy snow falls on Sunday.AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 APTOPIX Deep Freeze

Daryl Daugherty clears the sidewalk in front of his home Monday in Carmel, Ind., as temperatures dropped to lower than -10.

With temperatures in downtown Pittsburgh at -5 degrees on Tuesday, a flock of gulls huddles on the ice formed on the Allegheny river. A high of 2 degrees is predicted for Tuesday in Pittsburgh

With temperatures in downtown Pittsburgh at -5 degrees  on Tuesday, a flock of gulls huddles on the ice formed on the Allegheny river. A  high of 2 degrees is predicted for Tuesday in Pittsburgh

Steam escapes from a downtown office building as pedestrian goes through the Warehouse District in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday

Steam escapes from a downtown office building as  pedestrian goes through the Warehouse District in Cleveland, Ohio on  Tuesday

Two pedestrians go down a street in Chicago's South Loop with temperatures well below zero
Graphic charts the average time it takes to become frostbitten, by wind wind chill

Wind chills: Left, a pedestrians walks in in Chicago’s  South Loop with temperatures well below zero. Right, a graphic charts the  average time it takes to become frostbitten by wind wind chill – a very real  possibility in some of the most snow-ravaged spots in the country

‘Polar vortex’ brings extreme cold to much of  U.S.

 Deep Freeze Indiana

A car is covered in snow Sunday in Zionsville, Ind.

“I’m going to try to make it two blocks without turning into crying man,” said Brooks Grace, who was bundling up to do some banking and shopping in downtown Minneapolis, where temperatures reached 20 below, with wind chills of minus 50. “It’s not cold — it’s painful.”

The mercury also dropped into negative territory in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago, which set a record for the date at minus 16. Wind chills across the region were 40 below and colder. Records also fell in Oklahoma and Texas.

Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the “polar vortex” by the time it spread across the country on Monday night and Tuesday.

Record lows were possible in the East and South, with highs in the single digits expected Tuesday in Georgia and Alabama. Below-zero wind chills were forecast up and down the coast, including minus 10 in Atlanta and minus 12 in Baltimore.

   Read more:

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2535029/Coldest-morning-decades-Millions-wake-record-low-temperatures-final-blast-POLAR-VORTEX-barreling-U-S-creating-coldest-temperatures-recorded-20-years.html#ixzz2pkv4xlEB

Read more: http://nypost.com/2014/01/06/polar-vortex-stings-us-with-potential-record-breaking-cold/

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/brutally-cold-weather-looms-east-coast-article-1.1567358#ixzz2pl5kXYTi

Images from around the country – low temperature records shattered in many areas.

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