The Arctic blast ravaging North America continues to tear the cold-record books to shreds. And after a brief weekend reprieve, the deadly cold will make a comeback next week.
In the Midwest alone, more than 680 cold-temperature records were broken or tied this week, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.
Mount Carroll, IL plunged to -38C making it the state’s lowest temperature on record, supplanting the -36C in Congerville on Jan 5, 1999.
Moline, IL dove to a teeth-chattering -34C (-30F) breaking the previous all-time record of – 33C (-28F) set back on Feb 3, 1996 (solar minimum of cycle 22). And that was supplanted just a few hours latest when, early on Jan 31, -37C (-36F) was registered.
Quad City International Airport, IL set a new all-time record with -33.8C (-29F), beating the previous all-time record low of -33.3C (-28F) from 1996 (solar minimum of cycle 22).
Rockford, IL also set a new all-time record low with -34 C (-30F) on Jan 31, breaking the previous record of -32C (-27F) set on Jan 10, 1982.
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport recorded its coldest temp ever when Jan 30’s -30C (-23F) busted the previous record low of -32C (-27F) set in 1985 (solar minimum of cycle 21).
Cedar Rapids, Iowa tumbled to -34.4C (-30F) which busted the previous record low of -33.9C (29F) from Jan 15, 2009 (solar minimum of cycle 23).
January 30 tied as Chicago’s coldest day in almost 150 years of records — the average temperature was -27C (-17F), which matched Dec 23, 1983’s average.
The cold took a heavy toll on infrastructure, causing power and drinking-water outages.
Wind chills often made it feel up to -55C (-67F), or worse.
Tom Skilling, a longtime meteorologist at Chicago’s WGN-TV, said that describing the weather as brutal is an understatement.
“Lake Michigan took on the appearance of a boiling cauldron as air of minus-20 degrees and colder made contact with water sitting just above the freezing level,” Skilling said in his report. “I’ve lived here 40 years and never until today have ever seen a more spectacular display of ‘sea smoke.’”
Here are just a few of the other all-time record lows set on Thursday morning, according to AccuWeather:
- International Falls, Minnesota: -45 — old record -35 from 1996 (solar min of cycle 22)
- Forks, North Dakota: –32 — old record -29 from 1996 (solar min of cycle 22)
- Madison, Wisconsin: -26 — old record -22 from 1985 (solar min of cycle 21)
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: -21 — old record -15 from 1899 (solar min of cycle 13)
- South Bend, Indiana: -20 — old record -11 from 1936 (solar min of cycle 16)
- Detroit: -14 — old record -7 from 1920
Arctic Blast Set to Return Next Week
And after a brief reprieve, the deadly cold is forecast to make a comeback next week:
GFS Temp Anomaly (Jan 30 – Feb 09)
The cold times are here.
Low solar activity is affecting the jet stream.
An increase in Cosmic Rays is nucleating more clouds.
Volcanoes are popping.
The poles are shifting.
Grand Solar Minimum
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