Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .


Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















Arctic front freezes US, Canada in record cold snap

The front was expected to move east in coming days and bring similar bone-chilling temperatures to the East Coast.
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 16, 2009
A record cold snap gripped the American Midwest Friday as temperatures plummeted to lows of minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 34 degrees Celsius) and officials scrambled to protect the homeless and vulnerable.

The cold was the result of an arctic blast that descended from Canada and settled across the upper Midwest, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Wilson.

"The wind patterns are like this during the winter," he said. "Some winters it gets cold. Some winters it gets extreme. This is what we term extreme."

The temperatures were the coldest since 1999 in Illinois and since 1994 in some parts of Ohio and Indiana.

Temperatures of minus 32 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 36 degrees Celsius) overnight were recorded in Rockford, Illinois, breaking a record set in 1983, Wilson said.

The front was expected to move east in coming days and bring similar bone-chilling temperatures to the East Coast.

Relief may be a long way off, however, as temperatures remained locked below zero (minus 17 Celsius) Friday and weren't expected to break above 32 degrees Fahrenheit (zero Celsius) until later next week, according to the National Weather Service.

In Canada the polar freeze was not any kinder as the extreme cold caused flooding in Montreal and left 100,000 people in Toronto without power or heating for over 12 hours, as temperatures stood frozen at zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius).

The severe cold forced scores of school closures, prompted people to leave their homes for warming centers and saw cadres of volunteers and government officials take to the streets across affected states to ensure the homeless and vulnerable were not stuck in the deadly winter freeze.

Homeless shelters, jammed even beyond capacity because of surging home foreclosures that has produced a significant rise in the numbers of homeless people, looked for churches and other social service agencies to open their doors to make room.

Eddy Bazile, executive director of the Fort Wayne, Indiana Rescue Mission reported his facility had seen a 100 percent increase in occupancy over the last few days.

"I believe there is a surge in need just about everywhere," Bazile said.

In Cleveland, Ohio officials converted recreation centers into warming centers, and issued cold-weather alerts to roughly 100,000 elderly residents, according to the mayor's office spokeswoman Andrea Taylor.

"People are used to the cold here, but they're saying that it hasn't been this cold in years," Taylor said.

Chicago is operating six warming centers, including one open 24 hours a day, and authorities are checking on at least 3,000 residents considered most at risk, said Anne Sheahan, spokeswoman for Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

"We have some challenges with our homeless population as some people refuse to come in from the cold. That's probably the hardest thing for us to deal with. They're adults, so we can't make them."

Temperatures plummeted in Flint, Michigan, forcing all the city's schools to close, according to Police Chief David Forystek. At midday the temperature was seven degrees Fahrenheit (-14 Celsius) Friday, or 13 degrees below zero (-25 Celsius) factoring in the wind chill.

Flint's local energy company had also postponed cutting power to residents who have fallen behind on their bills, added Forystek,

"That's a private industry thing, but it's a sign of how cold it really is," Forystek said.

"We are used to temperatures in the 20s (minus six to one degree Celsius) and 30s (one to four degrees Celsius), but it's not very often we see the temperature fall to 19 degrees below zero (minus 28 Celsius)."

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
It's A White Out at TerraDaily.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


UN agency blames La Nina for Europe's shivers
Geneva (AFP) Jan 9, 2009
Icy conditions that have claimed dozens of lives across Europe since November are partly due to La Nina, an upsurge of cooler water to the Pacific Ocean surface, the UN's weather agency said Friday.







  • Australia boosts aid to flood-ravaged Fiji
  • As lightning deaths soar, Cambodians look to superstition
  • Purdue Terrestrial Observatory Central To NATO-Funded Tracking Project
  • Ice closes German rivers to shipping: authorities

  • Drought-hit Kenya declares 'national disaster'
  • Clearer skies in Europe added to warming
  • Transport ministers plot climate action in Japan
  • Understanding The Sources Of Rising Carbon Dioxide

  • Satellite to keep eye on Ecuadoran turtle
  • Mapping In A One Meter Sea Level Rise
  • DMCii and DynAgra Help Farmers Control Costs And Boost Yields
  • Malaysia uses satellite to fight illegal logging: report

  • WWF launches push to ban oil exploration in Norway's Arctic
  • Analysis: Britain backs Brazilian oil
  • Analysis: Indian-Kazakh energy ties deepen
  • Terra-Gen Power Buys Renewable Energy Projects From Airstream Energy

  • China reports second bird flu death this month
  • U.S. to produce cell-based flu vaccine
  • Vietnam finds bird flu in chicken smuggled from China: report
  • Structure Mediating Spread Of Antibiotic Resistance Identified

  • Australia lists world's largest sea turtle as endangered
  • Spookfish Uses Mirrors For Eyes
  • Scripps Offers First Examples Of RNA That Replicates Itself Indefinitely
  • Scientists Discover An Ancient Odor-Detecting Mechanism In Insects

  • Vietnam's war hero Giap urges halt to bauxite mining plans
  • More than 80 pct of China's coastal waters polluted: report
  • Adding High Doses Of Sludge To Neutralise Soil Acidity Not Advisable
  • Contamination fears over two-headed Australian fish

  • First Americans Arrived As Two Separate Migrations Says New Genetic Evidence
  • Space-age probe may help save eyesight
  • Stevie Wonder looking for gadgets for the blind
  • How Neanderthal Got Whacked By Modern Humans

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement