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'Thermal backlash': Polar vortex to be followed by extreme temperature swings

An aerial view of Chicago
An aerial view of Chicago.
A week of extreme cold has left more than two dozen people dead - but even as temperatures rise, the wild weather is not over.

After a week of sub-zero temperatures that left more than two dozen people dead, the United States' midwest is finally about to thaw.

But the extreme weather is not over.

America's National Weather Service has warned residents to brace for massive temperature swings.

For example, the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul will go from -32 degrees celsius to seven degrees on Sunday local time, then plunge back down to -23 degrees by Wednesday.

On the local fahrenheit temperature scale, that's "about 125 degrees in temperature change" in a week, the NWS says.

US media outlets have labelled the erratic weather a "thermal backlash". The phenomenon could cause new problems for residents, as melting ice threatens to flood rivers and icicles fall from skyscrapers.

Comment: Woman takes it upon herself to rent hotel rooms and feed the homeless during Chicago's deep freeze

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 'Day After Tomorrow' scenes, Antarctica cools & jet streams bent

Chicago freezes
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Extremes of colliding air masses record heat on one side and record cold on the other in N. America and Europe. This indicates that the weakening magnetosphere is allowing the jet streams to bend and break. Massive ice growth on Great Lakes, global temperature rundown and Antarctica cools again. Unsettled science as now new discoveries about the Atlantic currents effecting our climate.

Comment: Day After Tomorrow climate scenario: Scientists think global warming causes cold weather


A metre of snow in 24 hours falls on the Italian Dolomites - heavy snowfall also for the Alps, Pyrenees, Canada and US

Several ski areas in the Italian Dolomites have reported huge snowfalls in the past 24 hours.

It has also been snowing heavily again in the Pyrenees, The Alps and in Western North America.

Ski areas in the Dolomites have reported up to a metre of snow in the past 24 hours. That's particularly noteworthy as the region has had very little snow for the first two months of the season, so some areas have had as much snowfall since yesterday, as they had previously had since November.

Cortina d'Ampezzo said it got a metre of snow since yesterday, Val Gardena 94cm and Canazei 80cm. Other areas reported big, but not so big, snowfall, such as 35cm at Alta Badia (which is right next to Val Gardena) and 20cm at Arabba which lies between Alta Badia and Cortina.

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#PolarVortex2019 smashes records - 84 million in US below 0°F at end of January

polar vortex 2019
© WeatherModels.com
Chicago area temperatures January 31, 2019
There has been almost a death watch going on for Chicago, looking for an all time new all-time low temperature record to beat the previous -27°F. For those wishing for a new datapoint, Chicago didn't beat the all time record, but did set a new record for the day:

O'Hare Airport was even colder at -23°F

Comment: SOTT has been sounding a warning of the true nature of climate change for nearly a decade.

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University of Iowa student found frozen to death in minus-51-degree wind chill - the 8th polar vortex death this week

Gerald Belz
A University of Iowa student was found apparently frozen to death on campus as wind chills hit minus-51 degrees Fahrenheit - one of at least eight people to die as a result of the record-setting cold that had settled on the Midwest this week.

Authorities said the body of Gerald Belz, 18, was found by campus police just before 3 a.m. Wednesday behind an academic building. The pre-med student was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officials believe his death was related to dangerously low temperatures, though they are yet to give a specific cause of death.

Doctors did not find alcohol in his system. No foul play was suspected, police said.

Comment: See also: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New York freezes & polar vortex aftermath Midwest

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New York freezes & polar vortex aftermath Midwest

Chicago's frozen shoreline
Chicago's frozen shoreline
Weather warnings out for New York and New England States, you are about o get the same end of the super-freeze that swept over the Midwest and great lakes regions. ANOTHER POLAR VORTEX COMING next week Feb 09 onward. This time 30-50F below normal temperatures will dip to Texas, but the media will focus on the heat following the super-freeze. Thousands of new cold records set and I cover dozens in this vid and the aftermath of the storm from lost economy to utility companies jacking up gas and electric prices during the storm.

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Lake Michigan has completely frozen over amid extremely dangerous temperatures

Lake Michigan

A frozen Lake Michigan in front of the Chicago skyline.
Lake Michigan is freezing over as extreme cold weather hits parts of the U.S. this week.

The Midwest, from the Dakotas to Western New York, is experiencing some of the coldest temperatures to hit the region in more than two decades, according to The Weather Channel - and the lake is feeling the effects.

As wind chill temperatures in Chicago dropped as low as -51 degrees Farenheit on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, parts of Lake Michigan turned to ice.

Residents across Michigan, Chicago and Wisconsin braved the cold to share their photos of the icy lake to social media.

"My brother was on one of the few flights into Chicago this morning," one tweeter captioned a shot of the lake from the air. "He took this photo of frozen Lake Michigan from the plane."

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US shivers in 'once-in-a-generation' polar vortex - Death toll hits 21 as temperatures drop to -48C (UPDATE)

Chicago River
A pedestrian stops to take a photo by Chicago River, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois
Deadly cold weather has brought what meteorologists call a "once-in-a-generation" deep freeze to the US.

The extreme Arctic blasts, caused by a spinning pool of cold air known as the polar vortex, could bring wind chill temperatures as low as -53C (-64F).

Weather officials in the state of Iowa have warned people to "avoid taking deep breaths, and to minimise talking" if they go outside.

At least five people have been reported dead across several states.

More than 55 million people currently face below-freezing temperatures.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois as well as in the normally more clement southern states of Alabama and Mississippi.

John Gagan, a National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist, said: "The intensity of this cold air, I would say, is once in a generation."

The NWS is warning that frostbite is possible within just 10 minutes of being outside in such extreme temperatures.

Comment: Whether out of greed, ignorance or the need to acquire control of some kind (or all these), the global warmists continue propagating their narrative against all facts and reasoning to the contrary. They will continue to do so right up until the ice is pressed firmly up their noses.

See also: Update: The Mirror on 1st of February reported:
The death toll from the polar vortex causing freezing temperatures in the US has risen to 21.

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures as low as -48C on Thursday that has paralysed the US Midwest.

Officials across multiple states linked numerous deaths to the frigid air.

The death toll rose from a previous 12 after at least nine more people in Chicago were reported to have died from cold-related injuries, according to Dr Stathis Poulakidas at the city's John H Stroger Jr Hospital.

A University of Iowa student was found dead on campus of possible exposure early on Wednesday.

The wind chill at the time police found Gerald Belz, 18, was -46C, according to the National Weather Service.

Homeless and displaced people were particularly at risk, with Chicago and other cities setting up warming shelters.

But many toughed it out in encampments or vacant buildings.

A 60-year-old woman found dead in an abandoned house in Lorain, Ohio, was believed to have died of hypothermia, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said.

"There's just no way if you're not near a heat source that you can survive for very long out in weather like this," Evans told the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

People take pictures as steam rises from the Lake Michigan
© UPI / Barcroft Images
People take pictures as steam rises from the Lake Michigan

It has been more than 20 years since a similar Arctic blast covered a swath of the Midwest and Northeast, according to the weather service.

More than 30 record lows were shattered across the Midwest.

Cotton, Minnesota, had the lowest national temperature recorded early on Thursday at -48 C before the weather warmed up, the weather service reported.

US homes and businesses used record amounts of natural gas for heating on Wednesday, according to preliminary results from financial data provider Refinitiv.

In Detroit, General Motors Co suspended operations at 11 Michigan plants after a utility made an emergency appeal to conserve natural gas. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also canceled a shift on Thursday at two of its plants.

Relatively balmier weather is on the horizon, however.

By the weekend, Chicago was expected to bask in snow-melting highs in the mid-40s to low 50s Fahrenheit, along with other parts of the Midwest, the weather service said.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Coldest ever in USA continues new records and forecast


Blizzard Update and forecasts for what is considered the coldest temperatures to blanket half of the US in generations is intensifying then bottoming out over the next 45 hours. Temperatures will reach -47F as ground temperatures over the next three days with wind chill down to -70F in parts of the Great Lakes, Midwest Pains states and N.E USA, additionally S.E USA will be at all time record cold as well and the power grid will be at all time draw for home heating.

This is an indicator of the Grand Solar Minimum intensifying. Good Luck and make preparations for power outages in this historic cold.



Stunning scenes as African sand turns snow on Greek island of Crete pink

A thin layer of sand is seen atop the snow-covere
© Irene Kalaitzaki
A thin layer of sand is seen atop the snow-covered Cretan mountains.
The snow covering the mountains on the Greek island of Crete has created its own unique palette of color, taking on pink and orange hues during the last several days due to southerly winds coming from Africa, greekreporter.com notes.

The strong winds which blew into Greece during the last several days, bringing enormous quantities of dust from the Sahara desert, have created a rare and unique phenomenon on the island.

The snow-covered tops of the Cretan mountains, including Leuka Ori, have seemingly captured a large amount of the African sand and dust which had been transported in the upper atmosphere all the way from the Sahara in the recent storms.