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Friday Fun: A Polar BRRR!

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Chicago, Frost Quake, Ice Quake, Lake Michigan, Polar Vortex, Sea Fog, Sea Smoke, Train Tracks )

- 166 days ago -
A post by SoINeedAName on TomCat's blog. The Polar Vortex.


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Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday February 1, 2019, 4:34 pm
I've lived through winters where the temperatures got to 40° F below zero, but that was in Alamosa, which is high desert, and the humidity was virtually non-existent.  So it really didn't feel as cold as it was - especially without wind (not that we never had wind, mind you, but we didn't seem to have it and the 40° F below temperatures at the same time.)

I saw somewhere that it isn't the Polar Vortex alone which is the culprit, but the fact that it has (temporarily) split.  This also happened in 2016, and this journal article may help explain it better than I can.

And then, this picture - I really can't say more than that it's suggestive, not being a scientist - but suggestive it is.

Animae C (508)
Friday February 1, 2019, 4:42 pm
Oh my gawd, minus 20F, YIKES !!!!

Frozen noodles, bubbles, cars, cops : ) loos & loo paper OUCH & ARGHHHH i'd be dead!!! ❄️
Actually, i read earlier people & animals have died in this freeze!!!

It's too cold for me when it goes below 60F !!!

Animae C (508)
Friday February 1, 2019, 4:44 pm
Your comment on P.P. ;
"Oh, and about the car … don’t expect an engine heater to help you if you need to actually go anywhere. It will help start the vehicle, yes. But it won’t thaw out the fluids spread through the vehicle (like the brakes, for instance.)"

That is really SCARY Joanne!!!!

Animae C (508)
Friday February 1, 2019, 4:54 pm
At least six dead in ‘once-in-a-generation’ polar vortex, as US temperatures plummet!!

"Among the dead was a 55-year-old man found frozen in his garage in Wisconsin, an off-duty police officer and his wife whose car collided with another after losing control on a snowy road in Indiana, an Illinois man who was struck by a plow truck and a Minnesota resident, 82, who died from hypothermia outside his home."

HOLY CR*P!!!!!

David C (75)
Friday February 1, 2019, 6:42 pm
thanks, wonderful article and I loved video and pictures....thanks

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Friday February 1, 2019, 8:23 pm
From a 35 degrees Celcius perspective these are all just phenomenally beautiful photo’s and interesting expatiations of natural phenomena and I thank you kindly for posting them, Nameless. But I am glad I don’t have to live through it.

So take care and stay safe of you live in these cold-struck areas and need to go out. Don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary.

Pat B (354)
Saturday February 2, 2019, 6:41 am
Family folks living in WI have been having -21 below this past week. Rural area w/farms.

Lived in PA/NJ growing up, my memories of the blizzards were (almost) yearly, and at the time, fun.
A ‘snow day’, yay!! I remember the washed clothes being hung out to ‘dry’, and breaking the ice off of them, as we didn’t have a dryer in the house. I do worry about the homeless and animals being outside, too.

Those ice quakes you mentioned are scary, though I’ve not experienced any. The pictures speak for themselves, enjoyed reading your post, Nameless. Thank you!

ps. I don’t do well in the cold weather, so I’ll stay here in Texas, if you don’t mind…lol

Lynn S (235)
Sunday February 3, 2019, 12:23 am
The coldest I have experienced is -75 C (-40C =-40F) for one day while I lived up north. The average winter temp was -40C but as JD said, it does not feel that low because it is so dry. I left for a Christmas holiday in Victoria. It was -45C in the north but +5C in Victoria. I froze the entire time in Victoria. I stepped off the plane at home and it was -50C. I started to warm up!

We used block heaters all the time which were very helpful. Too often car tires were square from the cold. Of course all the car fluids were rated for the cold extremes — windshield fluid was rated to -40C usually.

Great pictures Nameless!

Jess B (1)
Sunday February 3, 2019, 9:44 am
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