Record Deep Cold Continues To Grip Most Of Nation

The Associated Press reports:

Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings Tuesday covering a vast area from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through New England. Authorities opened warming shelters in the South as temperatures dipped notably close to zero in Alabama and Georgia.

In Nebraska, temperatures hit 15 below zero (-26 Celsius) before midnight Sunday in Omaha, breaking a record low dating to 1884. Omaha officials cited the forecast in postponing the 18th annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular that draws around 30,000 people.

It was colder in Des Moines, Iowa, where city officials closed a downtown outdoor ice skating plaza and said it wouldn’t reopen until the city emerged from sub-zero temperatures. The temperature hit 20 below zero (-29 Celsius) early Monday, with the wind chill dipping to negative 31 degrees (-35 Celsius).

  • PickyPecker

    Woke up to -19°F this morning. We’ve warmed up to -7°F so far. Heading for a high today of 8°F. I’m over winter.

    • safari

      That’s entirely too cold.

    • netxtown

      I would be needing a tractor to pull dinkus out of his pouch!

    • PickyPecker
      • djcoastermark

        No ! No way ! Not gonna do it!

      • thatotherjean

        Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

    • Boreal

      -22F when I woke up. Up to a balmy -4F now. Off from work for a bit. Sitting by the fire with dog today.

    • Bambino

      With windchill we are at minus 5 this morning.

    • netxtown

      I’m told that U-haul will deliver packing boxes…..

      • netxtown

        and i know USPS will deliver live chickens…so what ya waiting for? Slap a warm address on a box, pay the postage and schedule a pickup on line…and leave the rest to USPS! You could get to Rio for all of twenty bucks!

        • Butch

          We get our baby chicks every year through the Post Office. They arrived November 29 this year (well, last year actually, I guess) and are growing like weeds.

          • TheManicMechanic

            Chickweed? 😉

    • Butch

      Actually up to 11 degrees now but the wind chill was minus 25 this morning. We have the wood stove blazing, and the critters are loving it.

    • JT

      Bundle up if you go out, PP! .
      https://i.imgur.com/hf8dVfm.gif

    • Rambie

      Are we neighbors?! It was -19F this morning and is at -7F here in northern IL

    • ColdCountry

      We’re going to warm up tomorrow and Thursday. Because we’re going to get a foot or so of snow. Only 58 days until the calendar says it’s spring! And then another 58 until it feels like it!

  • netxtown

    20°….and after 4 days of retreat – i may have to bust out of here…..someplace…anyplace…with palm trees and warm ocean breezes….half nekked men….cocktails with umbrellas….

    how the fuck can you have a gay life at -10° ???

  • Dayglo

    Bitter nuclear winter cold here in Charm City, Murderland.

  • Michael R
    • netxtown

      wait a minute. I just changed my mind. I LOVE winter!

    • Tread

      That seem… unwise.

      • AmeriCanadian

        There’ll be shrinkage!

        • Uncle Mark

          So much shrinkage, that he’s probably a member of the “IN” crowd

          • greenmanTN

            His outie became an innie.

        • Tread

          I have an idea to warm him up.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Only one?

          • Tread

            I mean, how much time do we have?

        • Uncle Mark
          • safari

            That moment right when your balls are about to hit the water for the first time … *shudder*

            It’s best just to dive in at that point.

        • witch

          At least one body part has some common sense

        • tomfromthenews

          I need to rewatch that Seinfeld episode.

    • Uncle Mark

      …And he froze that way. (Anyone notice something is missing? I think he froze his dick off.)

      • netxtown

        cold icy water and dangle are incompatible. that’s simple logic from repeated experience.

    • Bambino

      Someone need a cpr on his popsicle I’m right over here.

    • pj

      crazy bitch

    • netxtown

      I can see where the good lard split ya
      now let me see where i should lick ya!

    • Rocco

      Hubba hubba!

    • tomfromthenews

      How can one photo be so simultaneously hot and cold?

  • Tread

    Current temperature in Chicago is -9°F.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Where’s your global warming now Al Gore?!

  • Paula

    I love the cold.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Sending now

    • thatotherjean

      You’re welcome to ours, if you can figure out how to transport it.

  • Bambino

    Sounds like a revisit of the polar vortex we had in 2013-2014.

    • Tread

      The jet stream is massively unstable now in the winter now, due to rising global temperatures and a warming Arctic. We’ll see more of these bitterly cold air spells in the future as this becomes the norm.

  • Paula

    here

  • Gustav2

    You know it is cold in the Midwest when a TV news personality is doing an on the street report of a shooting with a knit hat on instead of displaying his perfect coif.

    • Ninja0980

      Our forecasters are wearing scarfs around their faces.
      You know it’s bad when they do that.

  • Ninja0980

    Tonight will be a low of 9 degrees, the first time in a week it won’t be below zero.
    And in case you’re wondering, that isn’t normal for our area, even though we are used to cold and snow.

  • Bambino

    Waiting for the dotard to claim credit for gifting America natural air condition.

  • TK

    It’s a year and some change late but hell has frozen over.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Hell, Michigan? It’s an annual thing.

  • Rex

    The Lake Erie New Year’s Day Polar Plunge had to be cancelled yesterday.
    The lake’s frozen over.
    Saved those dumbasses asses.

    • Butch

      They still went on in Milwaukee and Green Bay. I’ll pass on that.

      • TuuxKabin

        Coney Island as well.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Was -20 when I went to bed ( alone ) last night.
    The High Pressure system finally moved east to bring a south wind & was just -9 below when I got up.

    • Gustav2

      We are predicted to have a high of 15°F today!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Apply sunblock !
        *everywhere

        • BJORN RAGNVALDR

          With a friend.

  • HZ81

    Jeez, I live in Chicago, and for once, it’s balmy here compared to much of the country. Good luck out there, my queers! Stay covered.

    • licuado de platano

      I measured minus 8 degrees on Evanston this morning.

  • So….we have a 30% chance for snow tomorrow.
    In *New Orleans*.

    • Steve Teeter

      It was 28° in Uptown when I got up this morning. Snow would not surprise me.

      • I’m in Metairie, off Transcontinental.
        Waves to another local JMG’er.

        • Steve Teeter

          [waves back] Napoleon near Camp.

  • Scott Fitler

    It’s a bone chilling 45 degrees in Tampa. I had to get out my (faux) fur to walk the dogs. (Ducking in advance of thrown objects)

    • Gustav2

      Well, you didn’t want to freeze your coconuts off.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Pics would be nice

    • djcoastermark

      Ha ha ha, na na nahnanah. were at 47 here in St Pete. And no, I am not going outside today.

    • Tread

      I laugh when Floridians break out their North Face jackets, hats, and scarves for 50° weather. That’s tank tops and flip flops weather in Chicago.

      • Ninja0980

        I wear jeans and a sweater and that’s it.

        • clay

          “no shoes, no service”

      • djcoastermark

        The Floridians outside in the North Face Jackets et al, are the foolish ones. The rest of us here don’t venture out.

      • Galvestonian

        Yeah, it’s the same on Galveston Island — quilted winter jackets, mittens, scarves and polar booties when the temp goes down below 60 degrees. Ordinarily the winter temps are in the low 60’s and winter lasts around 7 or 8 weeks ( at the most ) around the 1st week in Feb. temps climb into the 70’s & 80’s but August is the worst with temps in the high 90’s and sometimes over 100 — after Labor Day the temps. drop back into the 80’s up thru 1st or 2nd week in December. Fishing is extraordinary – good beaches, palms, coconuts, all kinds of citrus, papaya, figs, bougainvillea, Norfolk Island pines, cycads & other goodies. Friendly people & cheap real estate.

    • safari

      Great. I’m supposed to be down there in the next week or so.

      • Scott Fitler

        If weather predictions are accurate we will back to gorgeous mid 70s — your timing should be perfect!

      • djcoastermark

        Just curious, are you going to be in the Tampa St Pete area? It should be in the 70’s here next week. If you’re nearby, maybe Hubs and I could meet up with you for drinks or a meal?

  • Trump and his goobers still won’t even try to understand that this is cold “weather” (short term). “Climate” change is about changes in long-term averages of daily weather.

  • Silver Badger

    It’s 15 degrees F in Denver. It is January. These temperatures are to be expected. The next week is forecast to be in the 50’s and high 40’s. Warmer temperatures are becoming the norm.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup.
      Even with the cold snap we have right now, the fact is until a couple of weeks ago, our temperatures were still above average.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Yabutt, you are on the Rib cage of America,
      We are in the arm pit.

  • Lazycrockett

    There is frost on the inside of my windows.

    • safari

      I should warm up my car like a half an hour early.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        For sure.
        Last week went 285 miles on a tank
        This week went 35 miles on a tank.- too much warm up time.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ice on our north facing windows.

  • pj

    it was 72 yesterday. got a little over heated riding the bike.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Don’t make me hate you more than I already do

    • netxtown

      you are sooooo cruel. pics or it didn’t happen! 🙂

  • Rex

    It’s like the plot of a Disney movie, has a new queen been crowned?
    Is she unaware of her freezing powers?
    Will she sing “Let It Go”?

  • Vinnie NYC

    Accidentally broke a nipple off in this cold

    • pj

      crazy glue

      • Vinnie NYC

        It’s so cold the glue stuck

        • pj

          to what?

          • Vinnie NYC

            LOL, you don’t want to know

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      The left one ? It’s always the left one.

      • djcoastermark

        Right.

  • carlstrauser

    My typical reaction to my fellow Minnesotans when they start complaining.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4488cec5036dad69472036ffd2fec490c4c6fffdc434b66bcded613bfe7e3519.jpg

    • MichaelJ

      That is also my reaction to fellow New Yorkers who say the same, particularly if they are old enough to remember the years when there were more than a few morning lows in the single digits or below zero. This was in NYC, the warmest area of the state.

    • Danieruw

      Must not be native Minnesotans!

  • Ninja0980

    Hubby and I might go to the Falls later on this week.
    To see the Falls and the ice all around it in person is a sight to behold, it truly is.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Take pics.

    • TuuxKabin

      Saw photos on the weather bulletin. Would like to see it real time.

  • Rex

    Extreme heat is uncomfortable.
    Extreme cold is painful.
    That’s why I’ll take hot summer weather over winter cold anytime.

    • safari

      People say you can always put on my clothing.

      That doesn’t help when my sinuses freeeze.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup or the area around your eyes.
        No way to cover that up.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          Ski goggles. 🙂

          I used to use them when I rode my bike thru Edmonton winters in the 80s and 90s.

      • easygoingmister

        I used to be one of these people – preferring cold over hot – with the idea you
        can only take so many clothes off before your naked, and then you’re
        just naked and hot. Whereas with the cold you can always put on a
        sweater, and throw another log on the fire.

        I’ve always lived in the Southeast, and now realize my concept of cold was warped for a long time. The polar vortex freezes the past few years have been an education for me.

        • djcoastermark

          Many advantages to being naked and hot. Being piled under pounds of clothing and cold, eh, not so much.

          • clay

            at least two advantages.

          • easygoingmister

            True. But don’t forget the advantage of, say, snuggling up close under a blanket in front of the fire.

          • djcoastermark

            naked, of course.

      • Juvela Bumblebee

        I found I did not care much either way, although I used to hate the darkness of winter. It was just so depressing. Now I live at 7,300 feet, but I am very far south, so winters are bright even if sub zero, at times. Also, weird to say, it is a dry cold, which is not so bad, even if your nose hairs freeze together. It is hard to find place colder than in the rain at just above freezing.

    • edrex

      simply. i fukin HATE being cold.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Ha!

  • Ninja0980
  • easygoingmister

    I can report we are miserable with the cold temps here. I don’t like it. If I lived in the North it would be a different story, but I don’t.

  • Robert K Wright

    It’s really frigid here in Palm Springs. Today’s cold snap brings the temperature to 82. It’s expected to drop to a low of 75, next Monday.

    • AmeriCanadian
      • Robert K Wright

        Yeah, well, when summer hits I’m sure I won’t be gloating at all. It set records last year with a number of days at 122 degrees. That miserable weather. I get to gloat about one or two weeks out of the year. 😜

        • AmeriCanadian

          You’re forgiven. Sounds like Death Valley.

        • pch1013

          Here in SF we get to gloat all *but* 2 weeks a year…

          But having said that, and even though no one east of the Coast Range will sympathize, I was recently forced to move (for the second time in 9 months) and my new place is almost totally uninsulated and located above a garage. So when it’s 45 outside, as it has been every morning for the past month, it’s barely 55 inside. I am dreading the electric bill, because space heater.

          • Robert K Wright

            Yeah it isn’t the east coast, but I lived in SF for 22 years. I remember quite a few miserably frigid days there. Used to have to walk to work down that Fell and Van Ness corridor where the wind would Knick you down and the rain came in sideways. You get to gloat less than you want to admit. Lol.

    • Gustav2

      Time to save plastic bread bags to put over your flip flops like Sen Joni Ernst would suggest.

      • Robert K Wright

        That’s funny! Lol

  • JT

    Here’s a warming thought. Is this front field in motion?
    https://i.giphy.com/media/i32uWCbAwTARi/giphy.gif

    • netxtown

      If I could get even half that much bounce – I’d play soccer all day and night.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Surprised I haven’t heard of water mains breaking.
    Not enough snow for insulation, at least here.

    • Gustav2

      Yeah, we only have a couple of inches of snow.

    • safari

      Now you’ve done it.

    • clay

      Topeka, KS has had breaking water mains.
      It’s not just the lack of snow, but even of soil moisture, this year.

  • Ninja0980

    Only “good” thing is our local ducks have been saved from the people who want to shoot them (my dad included) due to the fact everything is frozen over.

    • safari

      The ones on campus don’t migrate. There’s a rough area in the river where the rapids keeps it ice free. And people feed them.

    • the actually good thing is dead bugs. invasive species that have been moving north and successfully competing with our native plants and animals? we don’t want those. ohio’s woodland beds are a true paradise in the spring. freezing out the invaders? fine with me.

  • misterjack

    It was -9 on my way to the train, this AM. Four very long, excruciating blocks. I thought my eyeballs were going to freeze inside my head.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Keep them open, don’t want them freezing shut.
      That would be bad.

    • AJayne

      Goggles…

  • clay

    Meanwhile, Barrow, Alaska is still 15-20F above normal and the Chukchi Sea, west of Barrow, is STILL largely ice free.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Global warming is a Chinese hoax! /s

  • Bambino
  • 2guysnamedjoe
  • Karl Dubhe 2

    The cold snap’s broken in Alberta, what a difference 30 degrees makes, eh?

    I roasted myself because I overdressed this am. 🙂

    The warm’s on its way back.

    • clay

      I glad for you.
      Forecasters say it will be another week, or two for Philadelphia.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        That should kill some bugs. 🙂

        • CanuckDon

          That’s one of my big hopes. Kill these damn box elder bugs that have been invading my locale.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      We are supposed to see 28 or so Sunday.
      Then another dammed plunge.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Ha ha ha. You don’t want to hear this, but the warm snap I’m talking about is colder than that. (if you’re using F.)

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Yeah, it looks like it’s going to break in the East by Sunday.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • edrex

    we’re visiting friends in the ozarks. they have a lovely house that was built in 1870’s. the pipes are frozen and we only have REALLY COLD water in the bathroom. as i type this i hear my husband screaming as he attempts a shower. not me. i shall drive home grungy and take a warm shower tonight.

    • baby wipes. even backwaters sell them at the drugstore grocery liquor place. they work.

      • it’s funny. we live in an urban hellhole, which like the ozarks, lacks what most of you would call “choices for the consumer.” you’ve got to live in one to understand; i’ve lived in both.

        when you go to a more prosperous area, it’s like… i dunno. going on safari. it’s so exotic and unreal.

    • TuuxKabin

      Always knew you’re the sensible one. Got your dark chocolate with you?

      • edrex

        had it with coffee for breakfast.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Heat up a kettle, pour the water in the sink, add cold for the temp you like.

      And have a birdy bath! 😀

  • Sam_Handwich

    when i got an oil change in the fall they filled my wiper fluid with the cheap stuff so it’s frozen solid now

    • Tomcat

      Just pour a bottle of alcohol into it.

      • Tomcat

        Of course it might have cracked the container or pump by now.

      • djcoastermark

        And waste a good bottle of alcohol ? no way.

  • JWC

    Arrrggghh Matey she be as cold as a witches titty

  • David in Tucson

    Right now in Tucson it’s 51, with a high of 75 predicted, and similar for the rest of the week. We did a ride yesterday along a new stretch of river park–a warm way to start the new year! Even Prescott, 220 miles north of us, predicts highs in the low to mid 60s. We’re lucky, I guess. Downside? We haven’t had the rain and snow we need.

  • Adam

    Lol it says -0 in Ontario.

  • 1980Gardener

    Was a cold weekend skiing, but at least the cold kept the crowds down.

  • lhbbcp

    Anyone in the arctic?
    I’ve seen nature programs where the polar bears were losing weight since they couldn’t hunt because of the great ice melt.
    I bet that area is locked tight now after all the snow and freezing weather.

  • coram nobis

    SF area might get 2/3″ rain on Wednesday to Thursday. It may still be short of a normal rainy season but it may be something, at least. Temps will still be running in the high 40s-high 50s range, not unusual. Big question is whether there’s much Sierra snowpack.

  • Galvestonian

    Here in Galveston it’s 31 degrees — it might be in the 40’s tomorrow. I hope the pipes don’t freeze. Our average winter temperature is supposed to be around 62 degrees F.

    • AmeriCanadian

      If there truly is a danger of your pipes freezing, you may want to run the water at a trickle from all of your faucets. Running water takes lower temperatures to freeze.

  • Slippy_World
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  • Hunter M

    Yesterday here in St Pete, FL, started out at 63 at 9am, by 10:30am was down to 53 and ended up going down to 40 by the end of the day. Florida people can’t handle it. They pull out the winter coats when it’s 69.

  • thatotherjean

    It’s not below zero or anything, but it’s half our normal temperature for this time of year. Today’s high, if we get that far, is predicted to be 23F; normal for us is about 46F. And it’s going to get colder for the next few days—down into the teens for highs. Bah, humbug!

  • canoebum

    I’ve had it. I’m moving back to Las Vegas. I’ll put my canoe and kit in storage near Tupper Lake and return once a year for an extended canoe trip. No more Northern New York winters for me. Moving to Las Vegas has the added benefit of making it possible for me to earn a shitload more money than I can here, with fewer complications.

  • Lakeview Bob

    We are about 10 degrees above normal at 81 degrees. When people ask me how I stand the hot summers here in Palm Springs I answer with how awful the winters use to be in Chicago. It is 11 degrees there right now. I don’t miss it.

  • Gregory Peterson

    Highs in the mid to high Fifties and lows in the high twenties and low to mid thirties here in Albuquerque for the ten day forecast.

    It’s been almost three months since we had any measurable precipitation in the city.

    • JCF

      I hear ya. We’re (in NorCal) supposed to get a trace this week, but we are WELL behind for the season. The low pressure in the Midwest/East (allowing these extra cold temps in from the Arctic, where they belong) is DIRECTLY connected to the high pressure keeping the West warm&dry. #ClimateChangeLikeRussianCollusionIsReal 🙁

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  • ian

    I grew up in Canada and now live in Arizona. It’s currently 75f, the low tonight should be 50f, give or take a degree or two. Nope, do not miss those Canadian winters one bit, but ask me how i feel when it’s 118f in July.

  • colo303

    This map doesn’t seem right… Its been in the 40s in Denver and going to be in the 50s through the weekend.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    That’s why it’s “Climate Change” and not “Global Warming.

  • lhbbcp

    I hope it’s not too soon to suggest that the solar panels and wind turbines and less coal are starting to have an effect.