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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the a-bit-chilly dept.

Science 684

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Reuters reports that the Midwestern United States is shivering through the region's lowest temperatures in twenty years as forecasters warn that life-threatening cold is heading eastward as a polar vortex of freezing Arctic weather sweeps across the United States. 'The coldest temperatures in almost two decades will spread into the northern and central U.S. today behind an arctic cold front,' says the National Weather Service. 'Combined with gusty winds, these temperatures will result in life-threatening wind chill values as low as 60 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit/minus 51 degrees Celsius).' 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. Meteorologists warn that the wind-chill factor could make it feel twice as cold, causing frostbite to exposed parts of the body within minutes. Eleven people have already died in weather-related incidents in the past week, including a 71-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who wandered from her home in upstate New York and was found frozen to death only 100m away. Polar vortexes occur seasonally at the North Pole, and their formation resembles that of hurricanes in more tropical regions: fast-moving winds build up around a calm center. Unlike a hurricane, these are frigid polar winds, circling the Arctic at more than 100 miles per hour. The spinning winds typically trap this cold air in the Arctic. But the problem comes when the polar vortex weakens or splits apart, essentially flinging these cold wind patterns out of the Arctic and into our backyards. 'All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,' says meteorologist Ryan Maue. 'If you're under 40, you've not seen this stuff before.'"

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684 comments

Threatning the midwest! (5, Funny)

MonkeyDancer (797523) | about 7 months ago | (#45877921)

OMG! We're all going to die!

Re:Threatning the midwest! (4, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 7 months ago | (#45877947)

Nah...it's that it's "heading eastward" (e.g., to New York, etc.) that "makes it news."

Thanks SlashDot - where else could I get the weather report?

Re:Threatning the midwest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878155)

Thanks SlashDot - where else could I get the weather report?

You could try bonk.com [bonk.com] . Although I prefer to stick with this [youtube.com]

Re:Threatning the midwest! (5, Funny)

The Rizz (1319) | about 7 months ago | (#45878257)

Thanks SlashDot - where else could I get the weather report?

I'm pretty sure iTunes has most/all of their discography [apple.com] .

Re:Threatning the midwest! (-1, Troll)

magic maverick (2615475) | about 7 months ago | (#45878169)

I hope all you Americunts do die of cold. Save the rest of us some heart-ache and suffering.

Bring the frozen USA!

Cue the climate change deniers ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877931)

All the drooling idiots who think climate change means things get uniformly wrong will immediately say "it's colder, so global climate change isn't happening".

When, in fact, these kinds of things are predicted as suddenly the weather patterns change and things move around differently.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (0)

mjr167 (2477430) | about 7 months ago | (#45878013)

Where is global warming when you need it?

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878057)

I love how you call it "Climate Change" now, and have abandoned Global Warming. Fucking Hippies need to always have something to whine over. I have news for you - this is the coldest it's been since 1994 around here. People with welders are running around thawing pipes and making a mint doing it - pretty sure they're not idiots, drooling or otherwise. Empirical evidence provides a slam-dunk conclusion here of global cooling. I can look right outside my window and see it.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878229)

ugh. your angry ignorance is overwhelming. global warming is happening, meaning the MEAN (ie, average) global temperatures are rising. what this causes is (among other things) temperature and climate swings in any particular region are likely to become much more severe. (noticed any patterns lately of 'rare' storms happening frequently?)

PART of the reason for calling it climate change (aside from the fact that the issue is bigger than just things getting warmer) is to change the semantics so dolts like you wouldn't look out the window and say 'gee zeke, aint no warmer here! all is good y'all! pop me another brewskie! here come's honey boo boo! " apparently, it didn't work as you so clearly display. someone intent on keeping their head buried up their ass will fight tooth and nail to do so.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (0, Troll)

PortHaven (242123) | about 7 months ago | (#45878307)

And they are rising, at a rate far far less than predicted by all your models. Nor have they risen to temperatures that exceed recent human history past. And are far far from anywhere close to the ancient past of the planet.

Furthermore, your basis or increase in temperature mostly focuses on a few decades. Dismissed global warming that transpired on other celestrial bodies in our solar system during the same time. Has a habit of touting every storm or weather incident (even earthquakes) as proof of global warming, but denying those same incidents as proof against global warming. While yes, we did have some of the hottest years in recent record during the late 90's. We have also had some of the coldest incidents in recorded history in recent years as well. Northern, southern, east, and west hemispheres have experienced extreme incidences of cold.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 7 months ago | (#45878183)

sf bay area has been 'tee shirts and shorts' weather the past week or so. during the daytime, only, though, but still...

a month ago, it was bitter cold. now, its getting closer to spring time (and I'm hearing a lot more birds singing; they seem to think its time to return; which is about 1 month too soon; you usually see the trees start to bloom around valentines day, in the bay area).

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (1)

The Rizz (1319) | about 7 months ago | (#45878205)

Where is global warming when you need it?

Outside.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (5, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 7 months ago | (#45878095)

I'm fine with the idea that climate and weather are different things. But where are all of you to point this out when idiots get on TV and try to claim that the latest big hurricane was "exacerbated by global warming"? You can't have it both ways.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878151)

I'm fine with the idea that climate and weather are different things. But where are all of you to point this out when idiots get on TV and try to claim that the latest big hurricane was "exacerbated by global warming"? You can't have it both ways.

Im pretty fucking sure that the historical weather record shows the planet warmer now than any point in the past several hundred years... It can be getting warmer and less consistent (warmer warms and colder colds) at the same time, please learn what average and standard deviation means.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (5, Informative)

TWiTfan (2887093) | about 7 months ago | (#45878261)

Yeah, like *I FUCKING SAID*, I'm perfectly fine with the idea that climate and weather are two different things. I just want some consistency. You can't just pick and choose weather events and say "This weather event counts as evidence, but this one doesn't." Nor can you construct a hypothesis that is so convoluted as to be supported by ALL EVIDENCE, and which is impossible to disprove. That's not science, it's religion.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878181)

Well, that certainly begs the question.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (4, Insightful)

Splab (574204) | about 7 months ago | (#45878255)

Show us where we can correct those idiots - Global waming is such a stupid word to use, because people who wants to argue with you will focus on that single word.

Doesn't matter if you had a billion scientists saying something different, there is a single word that the other person can attach to and argue against, which means you will have lost.

Global climate change is a much better wording - you can even add a small star "due to global temperature average climbing".

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878129)

All the drooling idiots who think climate change means things get uniformly wrong will immediately say "it's colder, so global climate change isn't happening".

When, in fact, these kinds of things are predicted as suddenly the weather patterns change and things move around differently.

You made a typo. Perhaps you meant "..they will immediately put a copy of a 'global warming' book in the snow and focus a camera on it for an hour while they talk about how sure they are that winter and summer are still in their rightful place."

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (3, Insightful)

ApplePy (2703131) | about 7 months ago | (#45878285)

Climate != Weather

Totally, right?

Because all the kerfuffle here in the Rocky Mountain West the last decade has been hot summers and drought -- AS PROOF -- of global warming. It's in the papers here as soon as the temperature goes over 90F. Warming, warming, warming, we're all gonna die.

Well, since Climate != Weather, why can't I say that the hot dry summers are proof of global cooling? After all, it's perfectly reputable, apparently, to say that -40F winter wind chill is proof of warming!

I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it:

Some of us already know what we should be doing. We should be building topsoil, planting trees, building alternative energy supplies, cleaning the air, cleaning the water, greening the deserts; in short, taking the simple steps to making Earth a little better.

(Adding something like 1" of topsoil to America's farm land would sequester more CO2 than man has ever emitted, IIRC, and we could actually do that simultaneously with growing bio-fuels...!)

AGW (whether true or false) is just something for people to argue about while governments and corporations make the biggest power grab in the history of power grabs. Divide and conquer at work.

Re:Cue the climate change deniers ... (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 7 months ago | (#45878289)

Preach on my brotha! Those fools who fail to see the divine truth in global warming will pay dealy for their insolence!

Freeze you earth killers, freeze to death in the name of global warming and maurice strong!

Under 40 (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877933)

Under 40, live in Minnesota...seen it before.

Sensational hype. Thank god for global warming.

Re:Under 40 (0)

Virtucon (127420) | about 7 months ago | (#45877991)

Agreed, we had a polar snap in Nevada back in 1990 on XMAS eve. It didn't get much above zero for over a week after it hit.

Re:Under 40 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878111)

Oh, it didn't get much above zero? Did it get much below zero? Like FORTY DEGREES BELOW zero? Because that's what this fucking story is about.

Re:Under 40 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878177)

40 below, yeah. But is that Celsius or Fahrenheit?

Painful cold (4, Informative)

riis138 (3020505) | about 7 months ago | (#45877939)

As a resident of Michigan, I can concur that this is the worst weather I have ever seen in my life. I am under 40, but I seem to remember getting hit by something similar back in the mid 90s. I am one of 10 people in the I.T. department at work that made it in today. Considering we have a staff of around 150 people, that's a lot of folks stuck in their homes.

Re:Painful cold (2)

jeffmeden (135043) | about 7 months ago | (#45877977)

As a resident of Michigan, I can concur that this is the worst weather I have ever seen in my life. I am under 40, but I seem to remember getting hit by something similar back in the mid 90s. I am one of 10 people in the I.T. department at work that made it in today. Considering we have a staff of around 150 people, that's a lot of folks stuck in their homes.

And you dont even have the worst of it. Michigan was protected nicely by warm air coming off Lake Michigan; it was more than 10F colder in Indiana than it was in Michigan this morning.

Re:Painful cold (1)

captbob2002 (411323) | about 7 months ago | (#45878171)

That nice warm air that is laden with moisture from Lake Michigan which has been releasing that burden of moisture all over the place on the state of Michigan? That warm air?

Re:Painful cold (1)

dugancent (2616577) | about 7 months ago | (#45878175)

I lived in southern Indiana in 1994 when it dropped to -30F. It's going to be -10 this time.

So yes, I'm under 40 and I've seen it before.

Re:Painful cold (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878001)

Or skipping work because they're babies.

Re:Painful cold (5, Informative)

afidel (530433) | about 7 months ago | (#45878033)

Yeah, here in NE Ohio we're expecting lows about the same as we saw in 1994, while this is an unusual cold pattern it's not like it's unprecedented.

Re:Painful cold (1)

Tempest_2084 (605915) | about 7 months ago | (#45878119)

Another Michigander (Michiganian?) here. Only one guy decided to brave his way into the office this morning. The rest of us were smart enough to fire up our remote terminal connections over our company VPN and work from home. I was all set to at least attempt the trip in, but the 4 foot snow pile at the end of my driveway said otherwise.

VPN not an option for most of us (2)

sjbe (173966) | about 7 months ago | (#45878201)

Another Michigander (Michiganian?) here. Only one guy decided to brave his way into the office this morning. The rest of us were smart enough to fire up our remote terminal connections over our company VPN and work from home.

I live in Michigan too. Wasn't that bad unless you are driving something like a Prius (aka a sled). Most of us don't have jobs that can be done from home. I run a manufacturing plant and it's pretty hard to make parts over a VPN connection.

I was all set to at least attempt the trip in, but the 4 foot snow pile at the end of my driveway said otherwise.

So you don't own a shovel? [/teasing] I plowed my driveway 3 times yesterday and again this morning. The roads near me were reasonably clear considering. Was a little later than usual but staying home wasn't really necessary.

Thanks, first time I heard of it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877941)

If this weather report is news to you, you really do live in the basement.

Re:Thanks, first time I heard of it! (2)

Chrisq (894406) | about 7 months ago | (#45878069)

If this weather report is news to you, you really do live in the basement.

Or even outside the USA. It's a possibility you know.

Re:Thanks, first time I heard of it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878097)

If this weather report is news to you, you really do live in the basement.

Or even outside the USA. It's a possibility you know.

Well, I'm outside the USA by a few thousand km. People still ask me about it.

Global Warming Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877943)

*Sprays aerosal cans into the air.*

Re:Global Warming Now (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 7 months ago | (#45877995)

Gah! That's only creates a bigger ozone hole which gets you more radiation and skin cancer. If you want more global warming, eat more beans and fart a lot. :P

Re:Global Warming Now (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#45878089)

Hopefully you acted in time.

Arctic weather in the West (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877953)

We had this last month. [denverpost.com] But the second it hits the East Coast, everyone loses their shit and the weather services start screaming about wind chill.

Re:Arctic weather in the West (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878047)

That report cites temperatures of -6 and -9, and the possibility of four days below -19. TFS mentions temperatures of MINUS FORTY - and that's before wind-chill!
You're like the Floridians whining about putting on a t-shirt because it's "getting cold", when in other states peoples fingers are dropping off just from hailing a cab.

Re:Arctic weather in the West (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878179)

Nobody's fingers ever fell off from hailing a cab. It just doesn't happen. And if you're hailing a cab, you're probably in an urban heat island where the temperature is a good 5-10F above the rural areas where the true cold is felt.
Your concern is misplaced and probably should be directed more towards our furry four-legged friends. There are a lot of people that leave them outside without a second thought in this type of weather. They can handle chilly weather but when your leave them out in ball-busting cold a wet nose is a hindrance and not an asset.

Where did I see this? (5, Funny)

Bill_the_Engineer (772575) | about 7 months ago | (#45877963)

Crap... It was that stupid "The Day After Tomorrow" movie.

Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877965)

People who aren't into sensationalism call this an Alberta clipper. It happens every year.

Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (4, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about 7 months ago | (#45878019)

People who aren't into sensationalism call this an Alberta clipper. It happens every year.

And people in Alberta call it "Late Autumn", and just wait for the next Chinook.

Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (5, Informative)

Urban Nightmare (147344) | about 7 months ago | (#45878113)

Not where I live in Alberta. Anything North of Calgary doesn't get Chinooks all the often and we are stuck in the deep freeze. We just don't whine about it like the Easterners. Yesterday morning it was -34c with a wind chill of -45c. We decided it would be better to walk to the grocery store instead of driving as the car was just to frozen over. This morning we remembered to plug it in and it's no where near as cold, only -24c not sure of the wind chill. Still walked to work though.

Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (5, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 months ago | (#45878223)

In Edmonton, where I come from, we would get one chinook a year.

Although most people just called it summer.

Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (5, Informative)

Antipater (2053064) | about 7 months ago | (#45878083)

Though they both cause extremely cold weather, a polar vortex [wikipedia.org] and an Alberta clipper [wikipedia.org] are very different meteorological events.

Re:Polar "Vortex" AKA Alberta clipper (0)

i kan reed (749298) | about 7 months ago | (#45878209)

After reading those two brief wikipedia articles, I now feel confident in my ability to relate these two phenomena to climate change. Thanks!

say what? (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | about 7 months ago | (#45877969)

Coldest in nearly two decades...

If you're under 40, you haven't seen this kind of thing before

Does whoever wrote this think that a decade is 20 years? Or am I slow this AM?

Re:say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878041)

Clickbait. Weather and politics is what we talk about on this site now... Hell with tech.

I am 'slightly' over 40 and remember the 70s and early 80s. It was just as cold. That massive storm they had in the pacific this year dumped a massive amount of heat...

Re: say what? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878079)

The way I read it, the temperatures are only the coldest they've been in the past twenty years, but a polar vortex thing of this significance hasn't occurred in the past forty.

Best thing ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877971)

Being stuck in the middle of this in northern MN, I can say it is the best thing in the world. Pulled out my study guides, fired up a 2nd monitor and went to work.

I'll start warming up the ice breakers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45877975)

Come here often?

In which units? (5, Insightful)

Joe Random (777564) | about 7 months ago | (#45877999)

Meteorologists warn that the wind-chill factor could make it feel twice as cold

What the hell does "twice as cold" even mean? If it's intended to mean "double the negative distance from zero", then it's unit-dependent. The same with "half the temperature". Just give an actual temperature, instead of using vagary in an attempt to impress people with how cold it's doing to be.

Re: In which units? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878127)

Perceived cold is proportional to the amount of heat loss per unit time, so perhaps it's in units of heat lost per minute of exposure.

Re:In which units? (2)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 7 months ago | (#45878203)

George Carlin beat you to that rant. "If it's zero degrees outside today, and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?"

Just as well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878225)

I'm finding it be more like 1.5x colder.

Stupid weathermen.

It's called WINTER (5, Insightful)

ka9dgx (72702) | about 7 months ago | (#45878005)

This is a REAL Chicago winter... you kids have all gotten soft in the last 30 years. We used to have these all the time when I was a kid. I remember in about 1980, it had been this cold for sever days in a row so I had sever cabin fever (a condition resulting in the need to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE)... so I walked 1.2 miles in -40 temperatures to get to Montgomery Wards. (I just checked the distance using google maps) That's -40 REAL degrees (trivia: -40F == -40C), or -80F with the "Wind Chill".... I was very glad my dad came to pick me up and take me home, so I didn't need to make the return trip on foot.

Two pairs of jeans (the thick kind we used to have back then) were barely enough to keep my legs warm during that walk.

We've had these before, we'll have them again... shove off with the invented names like "Polar Vortex"... it's just WINTER. /rant

PS: Maybe it's cabin fever getting to me? ;-)

Re:It's called WINTER (3, Funny)

gstoddart (321705) | about 7 months ago | (#45878099)

LOL, why when we were kids we had it tough [phespirit.info] ... "House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling."

And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.

Re:It's called WINTER (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#45878159)

You haven't lived until you have a week of -20F/-28C, with perhaps the occasional dip to -30F/-34C, or even -40F/-40C.

Boiling water freezing in one second outdoors in Cold Norway [youtube.com]

We'll leave polar extremes out of it for the moment, but will note that Chicago was just colder than the South Pole [dnainfo.com] .

Nonsense (2)

Lawrence_Bird (67278) | about 7 months ago | (#45878009)

Not that long ago (meaning.. 5 to 10 years) it was quite common in my area of northern new england to have a week or more of -30 at night -10 day. We've all been spoiled a bit the past few years by only a handful of days like that. What is unsual about this year is that we had a few of those days in mid/late December instead of the more typical Feb.

Also, while those -30, -40 etc numbers sound terrible, if you dress properly its not that bad and further, they usually happen betwen 4am and 7am and quickly moderate.

Re:Nonsense (4, Informative)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 7 months ago | (#45878247)

"Also, while those -30, -40 etc numbers sound terrible, if you dress properly its not that bad and further, they usually happen betwen 4am and 7am and quickly moderate."

The last winter like that I was still in high school (less than 10 years ago) and, unfortunately, the combination of waiting for the bus at 6:20am and teenage stupidity meant I was outside in -35F (-75F wind chill gusts) without a coat. Looking back, I'm starting to think I may have been a little bit retarded.

But how will we know? (5, Funny)

Random2 (1412773) | about 7 months ago | (#45878015)

But how will our metric friends know what the temperature is if we report -40F? How will they ever tell?!

Someone, please, think of the pedants!

Re:But how will we know? (2)

Joe Random (777564) | about 7 months ago | (#45878087)

Someone, please, think of the pedants!

Pedant checking in. It's a balmy 233K out there.

Re:But how will we know? (0)

JSG (82708) | about 7 months ago | (#45878105)

-40F == -40C. Clearly a pedant had to bother putting in the name of the scale used.

Now what's that in Kelvin (K)? That's what this pedant uses.

Cheers
Jon

Re:But how will we know? (0)

Eunuchswear (210685) | about 7 months ago | (#45878245)

-40F == -40C. Clearly a pedant had to bother putting in the name of the scale used.

Now what's that in Kelvin (K)? That's what this pedant uses.

Cheers
Jon

If, as you claim, you use Kelvin, then you know what -40(F/C) is in Kelvin.

Re:But how will we know? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 7 months ago | (#45878115)

But how will our metric friends know what the temperature is if we report -40F? How will they ever tell?!

Fun fact, -40F == -40C.

And for some of us, with the windchill, that's the last two weeks we've already been through.

Re:But how will we know? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878187)

But how will our metric friends know what the temperature is if we report -40F? How will they ever tell?!

Someone, please, think of the pedants!

Fun fact, -40F == -40C.

* whoosh *

That's the joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878191)

Thanks for explaining it.

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878017)

Bringing us three day old news today!

Chicago Colder than South Pole! (1)

Amtrak (2430376) | about 7 months ago | (#45878031)

When I woke up this morning to go to work I checked the weather and this is what I saw: -14 F, -38 F Windchill in Chicago [weather.gov] and -11 F, -39F Windchill at the South Pole. [noaa.gov] I don't think I've ever seen temps that low before. The good news is that like the temps, traffic into work was way down.

Re:Chicago Colder than South Pole! (1)

Amtrak (2430376) | about 7 months ago | (#45878059)

Correction -29F Windchill at the South Pole.

Re:Chicago Colder than South Pole! (1)

MrNemesis (587188) | about 7 months ago | (#45878235)

Bear in mind that it's summer in the southern hempishpere; the interior of antarctica is typically is usually about -20 to -30C in december/january (which I think is something like between -5 and -20F).

Re:Chicago Colder than South Pole! (1)

ApplePy (2703131) | about 7 months ago | (#45878131)

Um... it's summer at the South Pole... so what could possibly be the point of your comparison?

Re:Chicago Colder than South Pole! (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 7 months ago | (#45878265)

But is it really fair to compare one place in the depths of winter to another that's in the middle of summer? The South Pole isn't all that inhospitable during the summer months.

Vortices (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878051)

(sp)

Outside temp said -8*F this morning (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878055)

Damn it's cold. I got into my car and the starter said "Nope... nope... nope". Worked fine when the temperature was 6 degrees, so I guess there must be a pretty sharp cutoff for the cold amps from the battery (or possibly the oil viscosity, or a combination of things I suppose).

For those of you in Metric-land, -8*F is -22*C and 6*F is -14*C and I'm sure Slashdot will probably crap itself on the degree symbol, which is why I used the asterisk instead (let's find out: Â).

Here's What To Do (5, Funny)

lazarus (2879) | about 7 months ago | (#45878077)

Get your SuperSoaker ready and snow your friends! [io9.com]

meanwhile (2)

Chrisq (894406) | about 7 months ago | (#45878085)

In the UK we have only had frost in the morning two or three times this winter. It's much warmer than usual.

Re:meanwhile (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878273)

In Florida, I drove to work this morning with the top down and didn't even wear a hat. Although I did stock up on fresh Florida broccoli just in case we do get a frost this week.

Years from now someone will look at this (4, Funny)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 7 months ago | (#45878109)

Years from now someone will look at this event from lightyears away, and from their telescopes on their planet with a planet wide climate control system, they will see this system and observe a small planet orbiting a star much like their own, with a lot of activity in the radio spectrum being emitted. However, they will dismiss this planet as having intelligent life as the weather patterns are too sporadic to be those from a planet which harbors a civilization; for those who have not yet controlled their planet are simply animals and nothing more.

Ah Good Ol' Winter (0)

Greyfox (87712) | about 7 months ago | (#45878117)

I remember as a child putting nitrogen outside to watch it turn into a liquid. Oh, what fun we had!

Global Warming (0, Troll)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | about 7 months ago | (#45878121)

This will be used as an excuse to say that global warming isn't real by people who don't know what they are talking about.

Re:Global Warming (0)

L. J. Beauregard (111334) | about 7 months ago | (#45878143)

It isn't global warming until there's tropical rain forest at the South Pole. Also, Al Gore.

Re:Global Warming (1)

PPH (736903) | about 7 months ago | (#45878253)

Its Climate Change. CLIMATE CHANGE. Don't you read the latest PR handouts?

World ends at the northern minnesota border (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878135)

I love those USA weather maps that show the world ending at the northern border. Remember there is nothing north or Minnesota, it cant be possibly be colder even further north (like, say, Winnipeg) because further north does not exist!

Re: World ends at the northern minnesota border (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878267)

Oh hey, you're right, actually a few people do seem to live up there [nasa.gov] .

Global Warming (-1, Flamebait)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about 7 months ago | (#45878163)

I'm not saying Global Warming doesn't exist, it does! However given this cold spell, I fail to see how the earth is warming up.

Re:Global Warming (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878287)

yes. and I know that on tv there are people that look different from me, but there are none in my town.. so clearly, if I can't see it outside my window (which is of course, the singular center of the universe and sum total of all reality), it must not be true.

Winter is Coming... (1)

steamraven (2428480) | about 7 months ago | (#45878165)

Winter is Coming...

Please stop the hyperbole! (4, Insightful)

Bugler412 (2610815) | about 7 months ago | (#45878219)

This ridiculous storm naming habit needs to stop! It's winter, sometimes it's cold and snowy, sometimes it's REALLY cold and snowy. I guess the next storm will be called "Winter Storm Anus Ripper" eh?

40 Dog Years, Maybe? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45878233)

In 1996, in Minnesota, I remember quite well waking up to -45F. Further North, it got down to -60F. The governor cancelled school, and all of us kids went outside to play anyway.

If it's only getting down to -40 in the coldest cities in the continental US, there are people who can't legally drink who have seen worse. Nice sensationalism though.

Yeah... weather is localized. (1)

operagost (62405) | about 7 months ago | (#45878239)

In southeast PA, we already had temps lower a few days ago (4 F) than the ones claimed for us during this "perfect frost" (8 F).

It's not cold if you have gear (4, Informative)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 7 months ago | (#45878241)

This is all media drama. Real story here is how most people do not want to layer-up for weather like this. They will chance it wearing jeans, no hat (don't want to mess the 'do) and dressing just warm enough to make it to their car. This works great until car leaves you stranded because injectors gel'd up, or whatever. In this weather, walking a couple miles in the wind wearing only blue jeans, no hat/socks/mitts will easily f- you up. If you need to dress lightly, at least throw some appropriate gear in the trunk in case you *do* need to be out in it. Even new cars can have trouble in extreme cold.

Remember folks.... (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 7 months ago | (#45878243)

This is weather not climate....so when the reverse happens, and the global warming alarmists sound their cry. Just tell them to stuff it.

I'm skeptical (2)

wcrowe (94389) | about 7 months ago | (#45878251)

One of the articles (the last one linked to) says, "Brutal conditions are expected in Detroit, which has had only five days in living memory when temperatures stayed below freezing all day." I find that hard to believe. I live quite a bit further south than Detroit, and we probably have at least two or three days a year where that is the case. Looking at the forecast for Detroit, I suspect it is a conversion problem. If someone in America says, "There have been only five days in living memory that the temp in Detroit has not gotten above zero", someone outside of the U.S. might read that and think zero Celcius, which is freezing, and not -18 Celcius, which is what is meant.

 

Off Topic (1)

edibobb (113989) | about 7 months ago | (#45878275)

Why is this sensationalist crap here? Is Dice trying to convert /. to CNN?

News flash: It's going to be hot in the summertime, cold in the winter. Weather records are set every year.

'If you're under 40, you've not seen this stuff (5, Funny)

jolyonr (560227) | about 7 months ago | (#45878305)

Rubbish.

The Day after Tomorrow was released in 2004.

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