Brutal cold breaks records across the US

Posted: December 29, 2017 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, Temperature, weather

Snow disruption in the USA, December 2017 [credit: BBC]

Climate contortionists must be working overtime to explain how this could fit into their models showing ever milder northern winters under supposedly dire man-made warming.

Bitter cold continues to blanket the northern United States and Canada as forecasters warn that the deep freeze will continue into the start of 2018, reports BBC News.

International Falls in the US state of Minnesota – the self-proclaimed “Icebox of the Nation” – saw temperatures drop to -37F (-38.3C).

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, home of the “worst weather in the world”, set a new low record at -34F (-36.6C).

Parts of Canada are colder than the North Pole or Mars, officials say.

In Erie, Pennsylvania, where more than five feet (1.5m) of snow has fallen since Christmas Day, state National Guard troops have been deployed to help clear the “incredible amount” of snow.

Officials there say more snowfall is expected – and around the Great Lakes region – later this week.

Two cities in New Jersey have cancelled their ice water “plunges” – where hundreds of people run into the Atlantic Ocean – planned for New Year’s Day. Local officials in Ventnor and Ocean City cancelled the events, citing safety concerns.

The annual ball drop in New York City’s Times Square is expected to take place in near-record cold temperatures.

Continued here.
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BBC News: Scotland’s festive freeze looks set to continue
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The US President tweeted…

  1. oldbrew says:

    When cold records are broken it’s ‘normal winter weather’ according to the HuffPost.

    Trump Just Used Normal Winter Weather To Undermine The Science Behind Climate Change

    The facade of ongoing warming has to be maintained somehow, anyhow.
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    Arctic cold grips Canada, northern United States

    The temperatures were 10 to 20 degrees below what is normal for the season, said meteorologist Alexandre Parent with Environment Canada.

    The deep cold is forecast to remain until early January, he said.

    “In my memory I have never seen cold weather that settles for such a long time in such a broad expanse,” Parent said.
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    Nation faces frigid New Year’s Eve and start to 2018

    PORTLAND, Maine – Plunging temperatures across half the country Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren’t going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs. Forecasters warned people to be wary of hypothermia and frostbite from an arctic blast that’s gripping a large swath from the Midwest to the Northeast, where the temperature, without the wind chill factored in, dipped to minus 32 Thursday morning in Watertown, N.Y.

  2. M Simon says:

    Lucky for the USA fracking has cut the cost of natural gas. Just in time for this latest “global warming – local cooling” episode.

  3. oldbrew says:

    British explorer Ben Saunders loses race against time in Antarctica quest
    28 DECEMBER 2017 • 10:13PM

    British polar explorer Ben Saunders has been forced to abandon his quest to cross Antarctica unassisted after “ferocious” conditions left him without enough food to complete his journey.

    Despite ending his quest, Mr Saunders said he is only the third person in history – and the only Briton – to have skied by himself to both the North and South poles.
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    It’s summer in the Antarctic.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Differentiating Between Weather And Climate
    Posted on December 29, 2017 by tonyheller

    I prepared a visual aid showing how to distinguish between climate and weather, using the standard US Government approved™ definitions.

  5. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    I keep hearing how the arctic is in such a perilous state that we just can’t get any cold here in UK because of it. I’m sure in North America they agree the Arctic cold is rotten and screaming (or is that just a reflection of the state of climate science these days?) 😂

  6. oldbrew says:

    ‘Wavy’ jet stream graphic – note upward arrows at top left.

  7. ren says:

    The forecast of the polar vortex in the lower stratosphere does not predict a rapid change. Very low solar activity.

  8. ren says:

    The polar vortex is blocked throughout the stratosphere.

    Temperature anomalies can mean severe winter in the northern hemisphere.

  9. ren says:

    SST Anomaly Time Series

  10. ren says:

    Latitude-height cross section of zonal mean temperature in the Northern Hemisphere
    The contour interval is 5 °C.

  11. oldbrew says:

    California has the opposite problem…

    The ridiculously resilient ridge is back
    December 30, 2017 by Alan Kandel

    Have you heard? The ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure is back.

    We’re talking over the U.S. west. It’s been parked here for quite a while. It’s a familiar refrain.

    Besides the characteristic dry spell and unseasonably warm temperatures, with this high-pressure ridge has come the flurry of usual descriptors.

    One of which is the bitter cold that has descended upon the nation’s mid-section as well as north and east. Bitter cold – I’m not sure I would pair the word “bitter” with “cold.” But, those are the kinds of terms or phrases that those in the journalistic community typically use.

    As it relates, some believe that just such a ridge is not as much weather-related as it is associated with climate. To me, that’s a neither-here-nor-there argument.

    Tied to this ridge is stagnant air in California’s Central Valley.

    Read more:

  12. oldbrew says:

    How Cold Is It? Niagara Falls Froze.

    From the Ottawa Citizen:

    The teeth-shattering temperatures threatening to put New Year’s Eve festivities on ice have even managed to freeze part of Niagara Falls.

    With the bone-chilling, record-smashing temperatures, tens of millions in Canada and the northern United States are suffering through the cold snap expected to continue another week.

    On New Year’s Eve day, Ottawa is to see a high of just -19 C and a low of -28. And it’s to be even colder as we ring in 2018. On New Year’s Day, it won’t get any “warmer” than -22, with the low dropping all the way to -32. That’s an actual temperature, folks, not a wind chill.

  13. ren says:

    Temperature in Minnesota.

  14. ren says:

    Pressure 1045 hPa.

  15. oldbrew says:

  16. ren says:

    “Most citrus farmers can handle temperatures dipping down into the lower 30s,” said Duffey.

    “However, if temperatures are allowed to get into the upper 20s for multiple hours, the threat greatly increases for damage to the citrus crop.”

  17. ren says:

    New York 3:29 PM, pressure 1025 hPa.

  18. J Martin says:

    Notrickszone commented that this cold was predicted by Joe Bastardi back in October.

  19. ren says:

    Waving of stratosphere.

  20. oldbrew says:

    Eastern U.S. braces for the most frigid start to new year in decades: Here’s how cold
    By Jason Samenow December 31 at 4:13 PM

    Temperatures in 90 percent of the nation will be below freezing and, in the east, all but the Florida peninsula will feel the wrath of subfreezing wind chills. A remarkable 156 million people are under wind chill alerts across the nation.

  21. oldbrew says:

    How cold is it in Canada? Too cold for penguins, Calgary Zoo decides
    The zoo brought its king penguins inside after a cold snap pushed temperatures below -25 C.

    H/T Steve McIntyre

  22. oldbrew says:

    Today’s comedy climate headline, or one of them…

    States Across U.S. See Record-Cold New Year’s Day As Rest Of The World Boils

    Yes, it was something like a boiling 5-8C here in northern England yesterday 😐
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    2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest
    January 1, 2018

    The mercury also plunged to a record-breaking minus 32 (-36 Celsius) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where the previous New Year’s Day record had stood for 99 years.

    The wind chill dipped to 36 below zero (-38 Celsius) in Duluth, Minnesota, a city known for its bitter cold winters. In northeast Montana, the wind chill readings dipped as low as minus 58 (-50 Celsius).

    Read more at:

  23. Paul Vaughan says:

    from craigm350 above

    The divisions couldn’t be any more clear — this one’s a classic for the eternal bookmarks of historians:

  24. oldbrew says:

    ‘Bomb cyclone’ set to hit freezing US states as record-breaking cold snap continues

    Bone-chilling temperatures are set to give way to heavy snow in parts of the northeastern US, with some areas set for 15 inches.

    Heavy snow is forecast for northeast America as a large part of the country remains gripped by a record-breaking freeze.

    Temperatures dropped to below -30C in some areas between Christmas and New Year and on Tuesday Boston broke a 100-year record.
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    Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening
    September 22, 2017

  25. Paul Vaughan says:

    From ‘snow hurricane’ to ‘bomb cyclone’: Why there’s a big chill in a warmer world

    • warns of organized church-state-media merger
    • says HUMANS are making polar vortex move cold TO WHERE HUMANS ARE
    simplifies belief imperative: climate is RED while weather is BLUE



  26. Paul Vaughan says:


  27. oldbrew says:

    Rare snow brings joy to ‘Sunshine State’
    03 Jan 2018

    It’s snowed in Tallahassee for the first time in 28 years and residents of the Sunshine State can’t believe it.

  28. Having a problem with your F/C conversions. ” to -37F (-38.3C).”

    [reply] Fahrenheit and Celsius ‘meet’ at -40

  29. Sorry, for my comment, a brain fade, Ken