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Updates On Polar Vortex

It's time for "wintry mix"- As warmer air moves in, it is bringing rain, drizzle and fog.
09-01-2014 07:16:52 AM (EST)
Authorities have declared for as many as 23 deaths across six states.
09-01-2014 06:29:17 AM (EST)
Pipes that were frozen and cracked due to the sudden change in weather are now unfreezing. This is causing leakage in many homes and offices. Reportedly, More than 50 apartments were damaged when pipes broke in a building in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
09-01-2014 05:33:12 AM (EST)
Surprisingly, The Northern Midwest still sees lows around minus-20
09-01-2014 04:03:42 AM (EST)
As per the meteorologist of a weather channel, it will be getting dramatically warmer from today. By Thursday temperatures will be almost back to normal.
09-01-2014 02:27:44 AM (EST)
Polar Vortex eases grip on much of the U.S. with winds calming and the weather warming slightly.
09-01-2014 01:32:41 AM (EST)
As estimated by an analyst of a leading airline, the storm and cold weather will now cost the nation's airlines as much as $100 million. Around 20,000 flights were cancelled due to the weather which led to the lost revenues.
09-01-2014 00:15:25 AM (EST)
After days of the deadly chill so cold that a Chicago zoo brought their polar bear inside, the United States woke up to a little warmer weather. The weather service predicts temperatures will be 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit below average in parts of the upper Midwest.
08-01-2014 22:14:13 PM (EST)
Worst of Polar Vortex may be over, though temperatures are still 10 to 20 degrees below normal.
08-01-2014 16:13:03 PM (EST)
According to meteorologist, It's going to get warmer, close to 40 (degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.4°celsius) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for most of the Midwest
08-01-2014 12:30:05 PM (EST)
Temperatures are expected to be back to normal seasonal averages across the US by this weekend, as the Polar Vortex moves up north to Canada.
08-01-2014 11:52:17 AM (EST)
Around 600 flights were canceled across the US on Wednesday morning, much less than Tuesday's 2,700 cancelations.
08-01-2014 11:49:38 AM (EST)
At least 16 deaths have been caused by the cold spell in the US, including 11 due to traffic accidents and 3 because of hypothermia.
08-01-2014 11:46:35 AM (EST)
Temperature starts to improve across the US and it's time to bid adieu to Polar Vortex.
08-01-2014 10:50:18 AM (EST)
Forecasters have predicted that the temperatures will rise above freezing point within the next 24 to 48 hours.
08-01-2014 07:23:35 AM (EST)
Soon Southern winds will knock polar vortex back up to Canada. According to meteorologist, Jenny Harrison, "A blustery high pressure area rising from the Southwest to the Northeast will throw it a broad, left hook this week, pushing it into the upper Midwest and Plains States. Then balmy southeastern air will rush up from the gulf and hit it straight on to finish the job"
08-01-2014 06:32:08 AM (EST)
With dangerously cold arctic air still in place across the Great Lakes, snow will continue to pile up in the lakes.
08-01-2014 05:38:38 AM (EST)
In Savannah, the fountains have turned into crystal still-lifes whereas in Sourthern Arkansas Ga.Ducks walked forlornly on ice.
08-01-2014 04:36:19 AM (EST)
Update: The record breaking deadly chill in the US and Canada brought temperatures lower than on the surface of Mars.
08-01-2014 03:31:50 AM (EST)
Polar freeze moves from the US Midwest to the East and South, leaving 21 people dead.
08-01-2014 02:30:47 AM (EST)
Update: The people residing in Buffalo are quite used to bad weather but this time they went through a very severe weather condition; unusually cold weather and high winds.
08-01-2014 01:45:47 AM (EST)
Update: Not much relief is expected after the deadly Polar Vortex.
08-01-2014 00:46:11 AM (EST)
Since the powerful cold followed inches of snow and high winds, especially in the states of Indiana and Illinois, the recovery will be mainly focused in several Midwestern states. JetBlue Airways, which stopped all scheduled flights to and from New York and Boston have also planned to resume some of their flights.
07-01-2014 13:34:39 PM (EST)
New York declares state of emergency, due to “life threatening” weather conditions.
07-01-2014 13:24:35 PM (EST)
More than 2,000 flights canceled across the US due to bad weather.
07-01-2014 11:55:15 AM (EST)
In northern Illinois 500 people were stranded on 3 Amtrak trains stuck in snowdrifts.
07-01-2014 11:52:50 AM (EST)
At least 15 deaths due to the extreme cold across parts of the US. 11 people have died in traffic accidents and 2 from hypothermia.
07-01-2014 11:49:35 AM (EST)
Update: Recent updates from Weather.gov suggest that the cold temperatures will move East through Tuesday as deep freeze low temperatures and wind chills begin to moderate across North-Central United States. There have been warning of freezing rain for parts of lower Mississippi valley on Wednesday, and temperatures will be 25-35 degrees below average for Mid-Atlantic/Southeast to the Upper Midwest. Also freezing rain may develop over Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. The cold air passing over the Great Lakes, will produce lake effect snow downwind from the Great Lakes through Wednesday evening. Stay warm and stay safe.
07-01-2014 07:54:42 AM (EST)
Update: Recent updates from Weather.gov suggest that the cold temperatures will move East through Tuesday as deep freeze low temperatures and wind chills begin to moderate across North-Central United States. There have been warning of freezing rain for parts of lower Mississippi valley on Wednesday, and temperatures will be 25-35 degrees below average for Mid-Atlantic/Southeast to the Upper Midwest. Also freezing rain may develop over Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. The cold air passing over the Great Lakes, will produce lake effect snow downwind from the Great Lakes through Wednesday evening. Stay warm and stay safe.
07-01-2014 07:50:56 AM (EST)
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9th January:

Temperature in US cities on January 9, 2014
CityTemperature
Atlanta 27°F (-3°C)
Boston 19°F (-7°C)
Chicago 3°F (-16°C)
Dallas 48°F (9°C)
Denver 28°F (-2°C)
Detroit 9°F (-13°C)
Las Vegas 46°F (8°C)
Los Angeles 55°F (13°C)
Miami 73°F (23°C)
New York City 21°F (-6°C)
Phoenix 52°F (11°C)
Seattle 48°F (9°C)


8th January: As the Polar Vortex continues its freezing impact over the US and Canada, it seems that even Hell has frozen over.

Hell freezes over
The unusually named town of Hell, Michigan, which has a population of just 200 people, faced snowy weather after the winter storm Hercules brought heavy snowfall to the area. With the Polar Vortex causing sub-zero conditions, the temperature in Hell dipped sharply to a low of -13 degrees with the windchill factor making it feel like -33 degrees.

Dos and Don'ts
Do stay indoors; wear warm clothing, dress in layers; have adequate nourishment including warm beverages; young children and the elderly should take particular care; stock up on essential medicines and food in-case your area becomes snowbound

Don't venture outdoors unless absolutely necessary, don't go out unless adequately protected against the freezing weather. If you have to drive make sure your vehicle has snow chains and that your windows are de-iced.

Emergency numbers

Canada
Emergency: 911
Non emergency: 311 (in some areas)
112 on GSM mobile phones will be redirected to 911
*677 Ontario Provincial Police in Ontario
*4141 Sûreté du Québec in Quebec

USA
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 311 police or city services (in some areas)

How many states and people have been affected by the Polar Vortex in the US and Canada?
As many as 26 states across the US Midwest and East Coast are facing extreme cold wave conditions due to the impact of the Polar Vortex. As this swirling mass of cold air in the higher reaches of the atmosphere moves southwards, it has affected 140 million people across the US and 240 million people across the US and Canada.

When is it going to be over?
The Polar Vortex's effect is likely to last till the end of this week. By early to mid next week temperatures are expected to be more moderate and return to the usual ranges of the 20s and 30s Fahrenheit in the Plains and Midwest, and the 40s Fahrenheit in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the US.

Why has the Polar Vortex Come South to the US this year?
The Polar Vortex is essentially a circumpolar wind, like a Polar hurricane, in the higher reaches of the atmosphere. Cold dense winds swirl around the North Pole and as they rotate, can become a distorted weather system that sends jet streams of cold air southward. The Polar Vortex often descends over Canada. Its possible that masses of warmer air over Greenland or Alaska met the cold stream and forced it southwards. As the cold mass of air moved over the United States it brought lower temperatures and freezing conditions to regions already hit by intense snowstorms in recent days.

Which are the major airports affected by the Polar Vortex?
Numerous flights have been canceled across the US and Canada as major airports have been affected by the Polar Vortex and accompanying bad weather. The top 3 airports affected by the snowy conditions are:

Destination Airport Number of Flights Canceled 
Toronto Pearson Int'l (CYYZ) 107
Chicago O'Hare Intl (KORD) 102
Cleveland-Hopkins Intl (KCLE) 42
Toronto Pearson Int'l (CYYZ) 85
Chicago O'Hare Intl (KORD) 50
Cleveland-Hopkins Intl (KCLE) 47


Other airports severely affected in recent days were Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, New York’s LaGuardia Airport, and JFK International Airport. Airlines that were hardest hit include American Eagle, ExpressJet Airlines, and JetBlue.

What is the impact on Travel and Tourism of the Polar Vortex?
The impact on travel and tourism was significant particularly on Monday 6th January as around 5,000 flights were canceled and another 10,000 delayed across the US and Canada. Record snowfall and sub zero temperatures also meant people stayed indoors and didn't go out to shop, eat or sightsee.

What is the economic impact of the Polar Vortex?
Analysts are saying there will not be a significant negative impact due to the cold weather conditions, and if any it will be temporary. While there has been some impact on travel and tourism, due to canceled flights, etc., these are likely to be made up for in the days ahead as people reschedule their travel plans. Industries such as construction, petroleum refineries, and fisheries have been temporarily affected due to the cold weather but again are likely to resume operations as soon as possible.

Agriculture and livestock rearing have not been negatively affected by the weather as most commercial livestock operations have indoor rearing shelters now. There have already been positive gains for manufacturers and distributors of winter clothing, electrical heating appliances, generators, salt for spraying on roads and de-icing equipment. Businesses such as restaurants, entertainment venues and outdoor recreational sites have seen low or no attendance and faced losses, but are likely to recoup in February once the weather improves.

Will the Polar Vortex affect the US again this winter?
Meteorologists are still studying this extreme weather phenomenon and cannot conclusively say whether or not it will happen again this year.

Deep Freeze Spreads Across US


6th January: After snowstorm Hercules hit the north-eastern US and Canada last week, residents across many parts of north America are bracing for the onset of a Polar vortex that threatens to bring temperatures down to record lows.

A polar vortex is a weather system consisting of an anti-clockwise rotating mass of dense cold air, that usually forms near the North Pole and affects Canada. However, this year the Polar vortex is moving southwards and will affect the northern and eastern states of the USA.

The US National Weather Service said "an incredibly strong surge of bitterly cold Arctic air" was sweeping across the country until Tuesday. " and "The coldest weather in years will be making its presence known from the Upper Mid-West to the Mid-Atlantic region for the beginning of the work week," Authorities have issued a warning to residents to stay indoors, both to ensure their safety and to keep the roads clear for snow plows and relief vehicles.

Last week's snowstorm has already brought record levels of snowfall to many places in the north-eastern US and the onset of the Polar vortex is likely to cause more extreme weather conditions with temperatures dipping further across the areas affected. Meteorologists predict that the risks of hypothermia and frostbite are high, as wind chills may cause temperatures to dip to -51C (-60F).

Last week Toronto, Canada, recorded a minimum of -29C (-20F) and Quebec City recorded -38C (-36F) the lowest recorded in at least two decades. Nearly 90,000 people were left without power in Newfoundland, Canada due to the snowstorm. With the onset of the Polar vortex temperatures are predicted to drop to -35C in northwestern Ontario, and the Canadian weather bureau issued a statement warning of more snowfall as the Polar vortex descends.

Already 16 people have been killed in the US as a result of accidents caused due to poor visibility or exposure to the cold. Around 4,000 flights have been canceled due to poor visibility and dangerous conditions in snowbound airports. A Delta Airways flight skidded off the runway at JFK Airport in New York on Sunday, and operations at the airport were suspended for two hours, though no one was hurt.

The US cities of New York, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts were severely affected by heavy snowfall last week. The state of Minnesota has announced that schools should be closed on Monday, 6th January, to safeguard children and minimize travel on snowbound roads. Madison and Milwaukee in Wisconsin have also closed their schools, as has New York City. The new mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was photographed shoveling snow in front of his home.

Weather forecasters predict that the temperature in Chicago, Illinois, will dip to -26C (-15F) and so will the lows in Indianapolis, Indiana, while the temperature in International Falls, Minnesota will drop to -35C (-31F) and the temperature in Fargo, North Dakota is expected to drop to -31C (-25F). With the added wind chill factor, weather forecasters warn that temperatures in central and northern US states could feel as low as -51C (-60F). The states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota, and Ohio are predicted to be the worst hit.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin an NFL playoff game scheduled for Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers at the Lambeau Field was possibly the coldest game ever played with temperatures affected by the windchill feeling as low as -19C (-2F). The Green Bay Packers authorities provided fans with hand warmers and hot chocolate, while doctors advised die-hard fans who wished to see the game to wrap up in many layers of warm clothing.



Last Updated : January 08, 2014


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