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We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. Hibbing, Minnesota bottomed out on Monday at -38 degrees, breaking the old record of -32, while Antigo, Wisconsin hit -32 degrees, shattering its former low-temperature record of -21 degrees. Meanwhile, as of this writing, the temperature in Anchorage, Alaska was a balmy 29 degrees, while at the same time it was four degrees colder at 25 degrees in Dallas. As our third ice storm in two weeks hits the D.C. area, we too are feeling the freeze — the federal government is closed today, the first time in the Biden administration. We hope it warms up everywhere soon.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought. Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]
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