More than 100 million Americans are set to be impacted by the arctic blast known as the “Siberian Express” as record (low) temperatures are being broken across the eastern third of the nation. NBC News reports, Chicago is experiencing its coldest February since 1875 with roads in an “ice skating rink-like condition.” From ice geysers to snow-golf and frozen falls, we can only imagine the breath-taking impact this ‘polar-vortex’-esque weather will have on US GDP…
“CHILLY AND BLUSTERY CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH MONDAY. A MAJOR AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC WINTER STORM WILL AFFECT THE REGION MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY NIGHT…TRAVEL MAY BECOME IMPOSSIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING. DRIER WEATHER FOLLOWS WEDNESDAY INTO EARLY THURSDAY…BUT WILL HAVE TO WATCH FOR ANOTHER CHANCE OF SNOW BY THE END OF THE WORK WEEK.” – National Weather Service
Snow flurries from Jacksonville through coastal Georgia
“Snow danced over the streets of Jacksonville Thursday for the first time in five years and tied the record for the day of a trace set 57 years ago,” says News4jax.com.
“Granted it’s not a Buffalo type record, where the only way of escape out of your house after a snow event is out the second story window. But this is Florida and any flurry, whether one or a dozen is a BIG deal.
“Around 10 a.m. Thursday, multiple reports started pouring into the newsroom of flurries around Jacksonville, then spreading north to Fernandina Beach, Yulee and into coastal Georgia in the afternoon.”
Snow followed by a wave of frigid air is moving eastward, threatening to bring wind chills into the single digits even in the Deep South.
The cold is expected to extend deep into Georgia by early Thursday. In metro Atlanta, wind chills below 5 F (-15 C) are expected. Even in Cordele in south Georgia, the wind chill could hit 8 degrees (-13 C). Continue reading »
Following several weeks of economic data that has been, despite erroneous expectations of a Fed rate hike, one major disappointment after another including regional Fed reports, housing data, manufacturing surveys, construction spending, and durable goods data, the US economy is about to get the slowdown scapegoat it so desperately needs: according to Weather.com, following a brief overnight respite from cold temperatures, entering the first full week of January, both the Midwest and the East will see a plunge to the coldest temperatures of the season. As a result, high temperatures are expected to be up to 35 degrees below average in parts of the Midwest by midweek. Chicago may see a subzero high temperature on Wednesday. The last time the mercury did not reach zero was on January 6 of last year. Chicago may also set a daily record cold high temperature on Wednesday (current record is 3 degrees set just last year) and a record low temperature on Thursday morning (current record is 10 degrees below zero).
However it is front page news in China: “Greece welcomes New Year blanketed in snow”.
ATHENS, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — Greece welcomed the New Year gripped by extreme weather conditions of heavy snowfall, rain, strong wind and sub-zero temperatures which have caused major disruptions in traffic nationwide.
The thermometer has dropped to minus 16 Celsius degrees in the region of Macedonia and Thrace in northern Greece and minus 1 Celsius in the southern part of the country. Continue reading »
It is possible temperatures fail to climb above zero F (-17.8C) on one or more days in northern New England next week, warns accuweather.com. “Highs may be in the single digits across upstate New York and central New England with night time lows well below zero.”
“Temperatures may hold in the single digits around Chicago and the teens around Chicago or lower on multiple days.” Continue reading »
The 2.3 inches of snow that fell on Dec 29 broke a 41-year-old record for the date, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado. (The original article used the word “shattered,” but I don’t think that word really applies here.)
Firefighters in Southern California completed the rescue early Wednesday of more than 180 motorists who were stranded when a winter storm brought snow to the San Bernardino Mountains.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department said in a news release that 136 people were rescued on State Highway 138 near the communities of Crestline and Mount Baldy, about 50 miles from Los Angeles. Continue reading »