Cold snap of historic proportions

Yes, all three of those words – ‘cold snap’ and ‘historic’ – appeared in the same headline in the Washington Post.

The most severe early November cold snap (there’s that term again) in more than a century has plowed cross much of the eastern third of the nation, with record low temperatures set in the majority of population centers Wednesday morning.

Read that again: In the majority of population centers.

Record lows were set from Texas to Maine, from Alabama to Indiana, adding to more than 100 other cold records set in the Plains, Midwest, and Tennessee and Ohio valleys on Monday and Tuesday.

Only 100 other cold records? I’m guessing it was more like thousands. How many cities are we talking about here? How many weather stations?

Temperatures fell as low as 13F in central Alabama, where record lows were widespread. Many low temperatures in the Deep South were colder than any observed over the entirety of last winter, according to

Read that one again, too: Record lows were widespread across the entire state, and many temperatures in the Deep South were colder than any observed over the entirety of last winter.

On Mount Washington, N.H., the mercury plunged to -17F, a record low for the date, and the fourth-coldest November temperature on record.

Among other major cities setting record lows Wednesday morning  (but certainly not all of them) were Atlantic City; Birmingham, Ala.; Baltimore, Buffalo; Burlington, Vt.; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago, Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Indianapolis; Little Rock; Memphis; Nashville, New York; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; South Bend, Ind.; and Syracuse, N.Y.

These were on top of the record lows on Tuesday, when Chicago set records for both its high and low temperatures of 17F and 7 F, and Milwaukee’s high of 19F was its coldest so early in the season.

Meanwhile, New York City’s low of 23F was its third record low in the past week. On Tuesday, it set a record low of 25 and on Friday it tied a record low of 29.

Numerous record lows (about 5F or -15C) were also set in eastern Canada on Wednesday morning.

The mainstream media (and far too many politicians) keep on nattering about global warming, seemingly oblivious to the true nature of the problem.

14 thoughts on “Cold snap of historic proportions”

  1. This indeed suggestive. If current lows are in some places already below all of last winter then the question of what January and February will bring. Will temperatures in January and February be 10 to 20 degrees below the usual mean temperatures? This is question which should be considered now.

    Apparently we now have the end of the harvest season with bad but not yet sized up consequences. What will be the consequences of extraordinarily low temperatures in January and February? Can anything truly ugly happen in midwinter? Fuel shortages given extraordinary demand? Grid failure for the same reason?

    Consider the man-made power outages in California perpetrated by PG&E with the permission of the state government because of the recent wild fires. What will federal, state and local action likely be if far greater than usual electricity demand threatens grid failure in several states? The incompetence, not to say ill will towards the populace, of many public authorities may produce some interesting shutdowns for those not directly involved.

    The time to ask what will happen midwinter should be asked now in the light of recent events. There are likely some nasty surprises coming.

  2. Tasmania has just shivered through a freezing spring with snow, ice, hail and frosts, 2 weeks out from summer.

  3. Dress warmly and those who have the skills should familiarize themselves with the methods of growing vegetables and fruits in hothouses, with the first rule being that there must be at least 600 ppm of CO2 in the greenhouses !
    So why worry about 400 ppm of CO2?

  4. And – Surprise, surprise!

    Lawmakers Write FERC About Propane Shortages

    Farmers are struggling to dry high moisture grain caused by wet weather and delayed harvest,

    Members of Congress on Thursday wrote the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to alert the commission to the need for a continued supply of propane to Midwest states.

    Farmers and other rural residents across the Midwest “are facing an untenable situation with limited propane supplies in available in some areas to dry corn coming off the field,” wrote the 31 House members from both parties who signed the letter.

    Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, spearheaded the letter.

    “We hope to avoid a disastrous situation with cold temperatures and snow in the forecast spiking demand for residential deliveries just as farmers are needing to heat poultry and livestock barns and crop farmers are facing one of their most frustrating harvest seasons in years,” lawmakers explained in the letter to Neil Chatterjee, chairman of FERC.

    The House members noted, “Farmers are calling our offices looking for answers about what can be done. Those who are lucky enough to have crops to harvest this year are now struggling with drying a wet corn crop. Wet corn put in storage can start to spoil in as little as three days. There are reports that grain elevators are having to stop the delivery of corn from farmers and storing corn on the ground because they’re running short of propane as well.”

  5. That’s why we must keep Trump in office another 4 years, followed by his son for another 8 years after that. Plus we must throw out all these parasites called libtards from the House in 2020.

  6. Looks like we’ve reached that tipping point where they cant manipulate and hide the numbers anymore without looking like complete bufoons.

  7. The Northwest has experienced the “unusual” temp drop. in early October we had a few nights of 11F degrees. I am assuming we going to have a “old timer” type winter this year. Still getting the farm ready as we are having a few days of sunshine. We dont get much snow until Christmas but afterwards…game on for the cold and snow

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