U.S. extreme cold

Updated: 2/8/2019 7:15:18 AM
Canada Saskatchewan’s record-smashing cold has caught the attention of a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. The city shattered a 112-year-old cold mark when the temperature plummeted to -42.5 C. The previous record for Feb. 6 was set in 1907 at -41.7 C. The normal temperature is -17 C. “I’m impressed,” said Phillips. “We’re talking about more than 25 degrees colder than it should have been.” Phillips said the northern Saskatchewan community of Key Lake was the coldest place in Canada on Thursday morning when residents woke up to a bone-chilling -45.7 C.

In US the month saw 45 fatalities and a billion-dollar economic loss to the United States, with wind chill temperatures falling to as low as -54°C in the U.S. Midwest in late January after the extreme outbreak of Arctic air, dubbed the polar vortex.
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Updated: 2/7/2019 3:23:21 AM
Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Valleyview and surrounding areas remain under an extreme cold warning today, with wind chills close to -50C this morning. Frostbite can develop in just a matter of minutes. The cold arctic air is expected to remain through tomorrow morning before some moderation tomorrow afternoon.
From Uranium City to the U.S. border, Saskatchewan was entirely enveloped Wednesday morning in extreme cold warnings. A number of communities broke cold weather records, as some were colder than places in Antarctica.
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Updated: 2/1/2019 2:23:28 AM
Loud outdoor booms, cracks and bangs are being reported from Minnesota to Illinois and Pennsylvania as ice quakes, also known as frost quakes or technically - cryoseisms, started popping up amid extremely cold temperatures.
"Basically, it’s so cold outside right now that you’ve got some moisture below the surface that’s starting to freeze," said meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss of the National Weather Service.
Source: DORRIS
Updated: 1/31/2019 10:14:52 AM
Governors of Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan declared states of emergency, closing many schools and businesses. The death toll rose from 4 reported late Wednesday to 9 early Thursday morning, January 31. The cold took a heavy toll on the infrastructure, causing power and drinking water outages. The U.S. Postal Service said they had to suspend mail deliveries in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, Iowa and western Illinois.
Cold high pressure over the Upper Midwest/Ohio Valley will slowly move eastward off the East Coast by Saturday, February 2, NWS forecaster Ziegenfelder noted January 31. The cold air and upper-level energy will aid in producing lake effect snow, that will be heavy at times, downwind from the Great Lakes through Friday, February 1. Meanwhile, upper-level energy over the Northern Plains will move southeastward to the Ohio Valley by Friday and off the East Coast by Saturday, February 2.
Source: DORRIS

Published Thursday, January 31, 2019

Extremely cold Arctic air is spreading from Canada into the U.S. Midwest and Northeast on January 30 and 31, 2019.

Extremely cold temperatures and wind chills to -51 °C have disrupted normal life for the second day in a row and claimed lives of at least 9 people. The death toll rose from 4 to 9 in a matter of hours.

Heavy infrastructural damage has been reported, including power and water supply disruption, and traffic chaos.

Morrisonville, IL, recorded -36 °C today, January 31 and, if confirmed, may have tied the all-time record low for the state of Illinois set on January 5, 1999 in Congerville.

Moline, IL reached -34 °C on January 30, breaking the previous all-time record of - 33 °C set back on February 3, 1996.

Rockford, IL also set a new all-time record low, with -34 °C, January 31, breaking the previous record of -32 °C set on January 10, 1982.

Wind chills made it feel up to -51 °C or worse.
Source: DORRIS

U.S. extreme cold Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 2000 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Met
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

Killed: 45

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