Deep freeze in the east and northern parts of the United States rattled the area this week. It continued with an even louder crescendo on Friday. In fact, a 65-year old record for low temperatures was shattered in New York alone. Schools closed from Syracuse down to Pennsylvania and further south so that vulnerable children would not have to endure the deep freeze and wind chills that dipped as low as 32 degrees below zero.
The eastern coast was not the only area to experience the deep freeze. This so called “Siberian Express” has chilled the United States from Ohio, east to New England, and further south into Florida. In the “Sunshine State,” the temperatures have dipped as low as 30 degrees. However, the Weather Channel singled out people in central and east United States as having temperatures much colder than normal. They note that this area is experiencing the worst of the deep freeze.
Americans can thank North-Asia for the deep freeze in the east. Experts at Ice Age Now blame a pile-up of snow in Siberia for a blast of air so cold it iced over parts of the East River in New York. The snow in Eurasia set a record for itself; they were the fourth highest snow totals since 1967. The polar vortex from that coupling has resulting in a deep freeze and uber-cold temperatures. The chilling cyclone brought a return to severe weather, just like last year’s polar vortex, to close to 200 million Americans. Incredibly, weather experts say the polar vortex from 1996 bested the cold cyclones from both 2014 and 2015.
East coasters complain about the deep freeze but do not have it as bad as the residents who live actually in Siberia each day. Deemed the coldest perpetually-habituated town in the use, Oymyakon regularly experiences negative 60 degree temperatures. Five hundred individuals live and work in this town in northeastern Russia. The coldest day in Oymyakon was back in 1933 when they registered an astounding negative 89.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This was colder than the coldest day in Alaska, a bone-chilling negative 79.8 degrees. The coldest temperatures in the contiguous United States reached near that, at 70 degrees below zero in Rogers Pass, Minnesota.
Midwesterners are accustomed to such harsh weather, but residents in the south have a hard time grappling with the deep freeze. The winter snow storm that hit Forsyth County, Georgia wreaked havoc this past week. Georgians are suffering without power due to icing on the power lines, forcing residents to do without the daily necessities such as electricity and water. The roads are particularly problematic. Slushy driving conditions caused numerous accidents with eight deaths recorded from Georgia across to Tennessee. Even professional truck drivers complain about the conditions that the deep freeze brings.
People look to the experts to learn how to deal with the deep freeze in the east. Fashion-forward New Yorkers do not mind donning two hats and two scarves or more to deal with the Arctic temperatures. The experts agree that the best way to deal with this deep freeze is to layer. Two to three different layers of shirts, hat and coats even, are ways to stave off the cold. Experts suggest that no body part be exposed to the open air, which means covering up from head to toe.
By Danielle Branch
Ice Age Now
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