Record cold headed for Chicago and Upper Midwest

Brutal cold will likely shatter dozens of records across the Midwest and Great Lakes, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. 

By Tuesday night in Chicago, temperatures are expected to drop to 23F below zero, flirting with the city’s coldest temperature ever: minus 27F, set on Jan. 20, 1985. (Note: That is not just a daily record, it is an all-time record.)

Chicago’s daytime high – the high! – on Wednesday is expected to be of around 15F below (-26C),” said Hennen. Nighttime temperatures will plunge to 20-40 F below zero.

Life-threatening wind chills 30 (-34C) to 50 (-45C) degrees below zero.

Temperatures are forecast to rise to a high of about minus 14F on Wednesday — the coldest winter high ever recorded in Chicago — before dipping to about minus 21F overnight. The previous coldest daytime high in Chicago was minus 11F set on Christmas Eve 1983. (Again, that is not just a daily record, it is an all-time record.)

This week’s predicted lows have only two rivals: minus 16F on Jan. 6, 2014, and minus 19F on Feb. 3, 1996.

Chicago will not be alone in its misery. Some 75 percent of the US will suffer below-freezing temps this week, trapping millions of Americans in sub-zero temperatures and “dangerous to impossible travel conditions.”

Meanwhile, the Dakotas are grappling with blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service said. And heavier snow is expected in the Upper Midwest and Great lakes, meaning “dangerous to impossible travel conditions.”

Incredibly, some “scientists” are trying to pin this record-breaking cold on global warming.

“Scientists say winters like these could become more common in the future due to climate change,” intones The Chicago Tribune.  “The Arctic is warming twice as fast compared with the rest of the planet, in part because there’s less ice cover, said Brian Kerschner, a spokesman for the Illinois State Climatologist Office. “Now, instead of ice reflecting sunlight away, the water is absorbing this heat.”

Just for the record, it is -11F (-24C) right now (5:30pm, 28 Jan 2019) in Nunavut, Canada. I doubt that very much ice is melting at this time.

Chicago Tribune.

Thanks to Brent Chapman and Pieter for these links

“Why can’t anyone see?” asks Brent. “There is so much warm that it is making things very cold.”

13 thoughts on “Record cold headed for Chicago and Upper Midwest”

  1. About time this finally happens again. It’s been awhile this winter as to record lows – since Thanksgiving. I remember 1983 X’mas in SC. We dropped to 11F on the 25th and then 8F here in Mt Pleasant on the morning of the 26th. That one really came far south. Orlando,FL dropped to 20!

  2. Less ice in the Arctic? That’s not the impression if you look at “snow cover northern hemisphere/climate4you”

  3. Even CNN brings this news. As deep freeze grips US, Chicago will be colder than Antarctica this week. Tue January 29, 2019

    But not the BBC. 28 January 2019. Thousand of lakes across the Northern Hemisphere are set to lose their winter ice as global temperatures rise, say scientists.
    Their new study suggests that, within a generation, over 35,000 lakes will lose their winter cover.

    Reader’s comment: Reality is not relevant for the BBC Fake News.
    One generation later few people will remember this bogus study and the authors will be dead or living in a home for the elderly.

  4. Arctic Ice Extent is within 2 standard deviations of normal. Arctic temperatures are normal. The only hot air seems to be coming from the Illinois Climatological Office.

  5. All this frigid air comes from the pole , all that air has to be replaced by air from somewhere …. the temperate regions ergo the pole is warming , slightly , as it cools the incoming air and delivers it to Chicago .

  6. January 29, 2019 – 08:27 am: Temperature in Canada’s Northernmost weather station, Shepherd Bay: -45f (wc -81f)

    Temperature in Chicago: -16f (wc -26)

    Polara Vortex story does NOT check out. In fact, almost all of Nunavut is under an “EXTREME COLD WARNING” today…and yesterday. And tomorrow isn’t looking too great either.

  7. How’s the water doing in the great lakes, has it turned to ice yet, and as we all know, or maybe the warmists don’t when water freezes it expands, big glacier advancing or expanding out of the great lakes, global warming explain that.

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